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Horselover3418 10-31-2012 06:38 PM

What should I do?
 
I have a QH mare and I've had her for 2 years. After all that time Ifeel like I'm holding her back, or not giing her what she deserves. I'm not out often, but I can't get over her. I'd never sell her, but if you guys could gie me suggestions on things Icould do for her to make her happier that'd be great. Thanks,
Horselover3418

EthanQ 10-31-2012 06:39 PM

I'm pretty sure as long as she's fed and taken care of, that mare is happy as she could be. Don't beat yourself up because you don't make her work, she's got the life that many horses dream of.

loosie 11-01-2012 04:50 AM

Agree with Ethan, tho I'll include another horse, or at least herd animal for her wellbeing, and as for management, setting up an interesting 'track' paddock where she will also be more motivated to exercise is great, rather than the normal boring square paddock that encourages horses to be more sedentary.

But is there a specific 'unhappiness' you're thinking of, or have you just been told that horses can't be happy if not in work or such?

Horselover3418 11-01-2012 03:56 PM

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Originally Posted by loosie (Post 1739829)
Agree with Ethan, tho I'll include another horse, or at least herd animal for her wellbeing, and as for management, setting up an interesting 'track' paddock where she will also be more motivated to exercise is great, rather than the normal boring square paddock that encourages horses to be more sedentary.

But is there a specific 'unhappiness' you're thinking of, or have you just been told that horses can't be happy if not in work or such?

Well a woman that goes to the barn where I board my horse says if a horse is a worked they're fit which makes them happy

Speed Racer 11-01-2012 04:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Horselover3418 (Post 1740423)
Well a woman that goes to the barn where I board my horse says if a horse is a worked they're fit which makes them happy

No, being fit makes them healthier. I doubt it makes them happier, unless they happen to be a horse that enjoys having a job.

Most horses are quite content to hang out and just be horses.

Saddlebag 11-02-2012 06:32 PM

A couple of horses on 5 acres of land can stay fairly fit. They'll often take a sudden notion to run just to stretch out and go in case they have to. Horses are quite happy being pasture ornaments altho a paddock doesn't begin to provide for their needs.

Muppetgirl 11-02-2012 06:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Speed Racer (Post 1740428)
No, being fit makes them healthier. I doubt it makes them happier, unless they happen to be a horse that enjoys having a job.

Most horses are quite content to hang out and just be horses.

Haha I've been trying to make my horse 'happier' by exercising his butt off, I even got some new spurs a few days ago......I'm sure he's healthier......maybe happier when I get off his back!!!!:-). I don't have cows, but im sure that's his job!!!!

LizNicole520 11-02-2012 07:09 PM

Have you thought about a little girl who can't afford a horse of her own? -- they make horses great companions too :) Half leases can be beneficial for all involved; sometimes not. If your mare is sound to ride you could possibly find a rider who would like a friend 1-2x a week. Its pretty popular around here for the working horse owner who has limited barn time.

lilruffian 11-02-2012 07:21 PM

I agree with the others. Horses are happiest when they are allowed to enjoy themselves in a nice paddock with sufficient food. Ground exercises might keep her interested in you and add a little variety to her life, but no horse would care if they were never ridden.

Val1991 11-13-2012 11:41 AM

Horses dream of us not making them do anything. But on the other hand, they can get bored if they do not have adequate mental stimulation, their favorite stimulation of which being to search for foilage, but if your horse is in a paddock with no grass to keep him occupied, and you want something to do to stimulate him or help your relationship grow, but that doesn't actually deem importance of purpose, try something fun and interesting for both parties, like trick/clicker training. Their are books and information all over the web to get you started.


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