Hello, my friend recently bought a new horse. The horse has been moved to our barn and ever since, she's been angry.
She is a mare, and we understand that she can be moody, and once you're on her, she's very nice. She has to adjust to her new home and we were wondering on ways to help her feel safe and happy. She's fairly young, no older than 15 and she wasn't moody at all at her old barn, according to my friend. It's nearly impossible to tack her up. She bites and is just very angry. Once she is out of her stall and in the ring, she's alot nicer. Even on the cross ties, she's very angry. She doesn't seem scared, she just seems very upset that she has a new owner and is in a new barn. I don't deal with this horse very much, but my friend just wants any advice from some people who have dealt with a horse horse who is upset that she moved. She has been here for about a week and a half now. From what I know, my friend has stood outside her stall for hours, getting her used to having my friend be around. My friend also Gives her carrots and grooms her as best as she can, but she won't let anyone touch her, and you can't hand feed her. She wasn't abused, my friend knows the people who used to have her for the past 5 years and they said she never has this problem, even when they first got her. We understand that she's upset that she's here, and we've been trying to comfort her as much as possible. We called her old owners and asked them what she liked to eat, or do. A vet checked her out before and she isn't in heat. What are some things we can do to help her warm up to us? The only person who can tack her up is the main groom. He has lots of experience dealing with rough horses, but he still tries to bite and kick him. The farrier has issues too, but again, he is very experienced dealing with rough horses. My friend has experience too, but she's only 17 and is kind of small.
The instructors say for her to just try to sit near her stall, and when she's out of her stall, try to pet her.
She's only nasty on the ground
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