We got a new mare on Wednesday as a companion for our gelding whose pasture mate died unexpectedly last month. She received very little training if any at her old place and is standoffish with us humans though she loves our gelding. We feed him a flake of hay twice a day in his stall and would like to do the same with her but she won't go in there. The problem is that when we feed her on the ground Atticus (gelding) gets a little greedy and chases her off. This means separating them at meals which can be difficult and makes Atticus very anxious. She is thin all ready so we would like to get some weight on her. My gut feeling is that we should put the hay in the crib and leave it up to her--I think she will figure out very quickly that she has to go in there if she wants to eat. She seems like a smart girl. The stall has been occupied by another horse in the past but we cleaned it up and put fresh bedding down. Her previous home was only 3 acres shared with two other horses so she's been on a low-to-no forage diet this winter. We have sufficient forage on our 22 acres even now to support two but I am worried that switching from a hay and grain diet to mostly forage will cause problems. Plus, we have a good routine with our gelding and would like for her to get on the same page, so to speak. Her name is Valentine, btw.
I realize that this is a pretty basic, Horses 101 question. We are pretty new to horse ownership and are very very invested in learning as much as we can and doing what is best for our horses. Thanks again!