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        07-10-2012, 12:00 AM
      #21
    Yearling
    I would put a light in, my husband installed lights in my barn that are on a timer - the light might make it more inviting and open for her... I would put a nice bed of shavings in the stall then if I would use panels to make her paddock area a 12 by 12 area and only put her feed and water inside the stall. Don't force her, just let her figure out that the stall is where her comforts are.

    Your barn is lovely and the entrance is so peaceful, you must love going into the barn... the only thing I might do is remove the manger, give her more open space, it might be scaring her, not knowing what that "crouching, lurking monster" is in the corner of her stall in the shadow....
         
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        07-10-2012, 12:12 AM
      #22
    Weanling
    Thank you for your reply. Yes I just love my barn :) I do have one light on timer that lights whole area when it gets dark. During the day there is alot of light in the stall. She had the exact same manger in the stall she loved at my parents, in same location, I modeled my barn after theirs just smaller scale ;) and she ate out of it great. It is such a mystery. But the idea of using panels to make her area smaller for now is def a possibilty and a good idea. Would you continue to put food within her circle of comfort or leave it out of reach requiring her to step in?
         
        07-10-2012, 12:37 AM
      #23
    Yearling
    I think what we percieve as a lot of light probably still looks dark to her from the outside looking in... I would put her food and water in the stall - only in the stall.

    I only feed my horses in the stall. I like my horses thinking the stall is the best place to be, and all I have to do to catch my horses is shake the grain bucket and they come running to their stalls... then I can open the door, they come in the aisle, and I shut their stall door behind them.

    Is she easily handled? Can you lead her into her stall from her front door and tie her in the stall while you groom her? Let her know that it is a comfortable place? Perhaps put a tie ring in your gelding's stall and tie him in his stall while you brush her in hers... then go from there?
         
        07-10-2012, 07:56 AM
      #24
    Green Broke
    Not sure if I missed it but will she go in when led? Will she go in from the aisle way side?
    I think she is scared of the mats. It sounded like she didn't walk on them when they were outside either and I don't see any bedding on them.

    They make noise when you step on them. If she doesn't lead in either I would be covering them completely with bedding so they do not make noise and she doesn't see them. If that didn't work My nest step would be someone behind her with a lunge whip driving her in for the 1st time.
         

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