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    06-07-2012, 10:41 AM
Is there any specific reason you are keeping her and your gelding apart? I may have understood wrongly, but they are seperated by a fence and each have their own stall without access to the other ones? If there is no bullying or anything like that going on, You said she loves the gelding, maybe take her over to his half one day and see if she will enter his stall. With or without him there. It may smell less "new" and more like horse and especially smell of her buddy. If she goes into his stall then you know it's just a matter of the newness of her stall that's offputting to her. If that works and there is no specific reason to keep her in what is curently "her" half, you could even swop them for a few days. Have your gelding who apparently has no problems with "new" "wear in" the new stall so to speak. Or maybe even leave them together in "his" half for a day or two if they won't fight over food and have him teach her to eat her food in the stall. Again, providing of course that worked, I would put him in "her" halve for a day or two before potentially swopping them back.
Just something I might try to convince her the stall is a good place to be and not a scary place. If nothing else it tells you whether it is just the smell putting her off, or something else.
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    06-07-2012, 10:50 AM
She will hang as close as she can to the gelding. The mats may be hurting her hooves. If you can locate wheat straw that makes the nicest bedding. Also she won't do potty duties because of the splashing.
    06-07-2012, 10:50 AM
Originally Posted by churumbeque    
have you covered the mats with bedding or straw? Mats shouldn't be an issue if they have bedding on them.
Yep, & what DreamcatcherArabian said too. Make it smell like a horse. New rubber mats do have an overpowering odor.
Put down bedding & manure on the mats & take her into the stall from the breezeway a few times. Groom her in the stall too until she gets used to it.
    06-07-2012, 11:31 AM
More good ideas....I will try a swap and see if she will go in his stall and see if he will go into hers. That she tell me more what is going on. Love the brainstorming! :) I put his poop in her stall this am and put some mats out in the dirt in her paddock, she sniffed them a bit then moved away. She put one foot in to smell his poop then backed out of the stall also. They are separated as my gelding has horrible studdy tendencies and will mount the mares like a crazy man. His previous owner had tried having him turned out with both mares and geldings and it didnt go well. I tried with my parents mares when I first got him and he just wouldnt stop. We left them for a couple weeks and her mares were beat to hell from him. He bites them viciously and is just a greneral PAIN when with the girls. To avoid anyone getting injured I have always kept him adjoining yet separate since then. Just easier all around. I have not tried the bedding but I had pulled all the mats this last weekend so if these things don't work that will be my next replace the mats (now that they are getting dirtied ;)) and then cover with bedding.
    06-07-2012, 01:55 PM
Mvinotime that's why I asked if it would be possible to put them together. I know some geldings do have those stallion-like tendencies. I've been lucky so far, all of my geldings who displayed those types of behaviours were very mild and it usually resolved itself after a while. I think some of the others have given you some very good advice as far as the stall mats are concerned. My stalls all have dirt floors, no mats, no nothing. Just dirt. The horses live out 24/7 and the stalls are mostly used to confine them for a few hours when they are about to be worked or of course if one is ill or lame.
    07-09-2012, 11:00 PM
UPDATE ~ No such luck been a a month now since my previous post and all of your great suggestions but nothing has worked. My mare still will not go into the stall. I tried everything suggested, dirtied the new mats out in her pasture (she LOVED standing on them out there lol) took my gelding into her stall tried to have her follow, tried to take her into his "used" stall, put down bedding, put geldings poop in her stall you name it. She will only lean in as far as she can go without a front hoof actually stepping in. I have been putting her hay within her reach as well as just out of her reach but she will not eat what she can't reach. Period. I am frustrated as I thought maybe time would help the situation. It has been suggested to me to NOT keep feeding her within her reach but to only place her food where she would be required to step in and when she gets hungry enough she will go in. Anyone ever tried this method? Any luck? She is in a pasture but at this point in the summer it is pretty bare and all dead. Not much to keep her satisfied there. Any additional/new thoughts or suggestions greatly appreciated.
    07-09-2012, 11:11 PM
Can you post a picture maybe we will see something that you don't
    07-09-2012, 11:40 PM
What about the door? Is the door WIDE open? My mare hates going through narrow gates or passages. Are there any strange noises in the neighborhood?

Another thought, is she good with a trailer or was it an event to truck her out? Perhaps she's frightened because last time she got into a stall-like object she got moved?

Not sure going to keep brainstorming
    07-10-2012, 12:11 AM
Let me go get a better pic of her stall specifically..I have no door at all on the pasture entrance is wider than the door on the previous stall. I have even left the interior breezeway door wide open to make it feel less confined but still no luck :( She is not remotely frightened or anxious in her pasture. She is very settled and relaxed. Just wont step in that stall lol She was a little hard to load when I brought her home but we enticed her with food....since then when I haul her she loads perfectly fine but there has always been another horse already in the trailer. I just can't figure why she LOVED hanging in the stall at my parents for those couple weeks she wad there before moving to my place....
    07-10-2012, 12:51 AM
Ok here are some pics so you can get an idea...the front entrance/breezeway area, her stall door interior and exterior, with interior door open etc couple closer shots inside her stall, her obvious "ring of comfort" where she pretty much licks her circle clean where she can reach then leaves all the rest, the manger we havent even attempted to put the food in yet, and the beast herself saying "MOVE THAT PILE CLOSER! :) Her stall is a 10x12, it sits on the front right hand side if you look at the front view pic and my gelding's is directly across from her on left side of breezeway. Hope that makes sense. Questions welcome.
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