New home for my horse, some questions
Hi all. I have made my move to NC, and despite some serious delays in getting Cooper, he has been here since Monday afternoon.
At his old barn he was turned out during the day, turned in his stall at night.
When he got here I kept him stalled for 24 hours. Then the next day I let him graze with the two other horses for 1/2 day. When I take him back to the barn (the other horses stay out 24/7) he freaks. Kicks at the stall door, paces, whinnys at the horses. When I took him out yesterday morning he hadnt touched his water, or his breakfast feed and hay. I left him in there for about 45 min after I threw him hay and feed. I let him out in the pasture and he did drink from the water trough and munched grass. He was left out all day. When he came in he ate his breakfast for dinner. Though again, he did not touch his water. This morning same thing. Didnt eat his feed or hay. And by the way, his hay hadnt been touched from the night before.
I'm concerned he'll get dehydrated. What do you suggest I do? He's a completely different horse in the stall. a little dangerous. how long should I give him to adjust? Should I just leave him out 24/7? If I do, there is nowhere to feed him seperately, and the others dont get feed or hay.
Also, how long should I wait to ride him? Hes calm in the pasture, but his tack is by the barn. I am concerned about trying to tack him up there, hes a beast after leaving the horses. Should I just keep on my schedule or just leave him where hes most comfortable.
Also, i'm concerned bc there is a pond in the pasture. The other horses drink from it. It makes me cringe bc its green and stagnant. My fiance said he saw him drink from it. So im really concerned that hes not touching his water in his stall. What should i do?
I'm no expert, but I'd keep him on your schedule. IMHO, I think he'll settle down - it will just take time.
He may not like the taste of the water in the new location, so may be drinking it only reluctantly. He may actually prefer the taste of the pond water - especially if the water in the trough is from a municiple source and has chlorine in it.
I can't speak to the water in the pond, but my horses drink from our pond regularly. Of course - ours isn't stagnant - it's a large spring fed pond. We've been known to haul water up from the pond to use in the house during extended power outages...
keep him on the schedule, changing him and allowing him to act a different way may cause him to gain bad habits. He'll eventually settle down back into his old ways.
Leave him out 24/7. Horses do not like being in the barn alone, especially if they have "friends" that are outside. Bring him and the other horses in the barn to eat their feed once a day, then turn him back out.
Add some electrolytes or apple cider vinegar to his feed to encourage him to drink water. Some horses don't like "strange" water and it will take some time to get used to it.
If you want to keep him on the same schedule, then he should not be in the barn alone. Horses are herd animals and don't like to be away from "friends." If you're worried about him becoming herd bound, change his friends every so often.
Horses can take a while to settle in. We quarantine our new horses for a minimum of a week. Let them get to know us and we can see what is 'normal' for them.
Your guy has had quite a change - barn, state, hay, water, etc. Will probably take up to 30 days to make the adjustment.
Well, this has been a huge change for him. Its interesting to see all the different responses. I do understand horses are herd animals, but i'd also like to keep him well cared for, which in my opinion, means getting feed and hay daily. The other 2 horses are the only horses on the property, who dont get either of those. So i cant bring them in for feed and then turn the three of them out. I did end up tacking Cooper up yesterday in the round pen on the back on my property. He was acting a little wild, so I just worked him in the round pen a little. He even offered to buck once the girth was tightened, which hes never done before. But once I was on, he was his nice, gentle self. That made me feel alot better. The water here is well water, with a filter on the pump. I kept his hay the same. i'm hoping with a little more time he will adjust. I am having a hard time adjusting to less ameneties, but that just takes time. I asked the owner where he hoses his horses off, he said "he doesnt". I ride often and hose every time I'm done. Yesterday Cooper was so sweaty, I had to rinse him on my driveway. No cross ties set up, no concrete pad for rinsing. Its a big change for both of us. I am welcome to new ideas and suggestions for making this easier. At this point I think stalling him at night is the right thing to do to make sure he gets all his nutrients.
Does it take him all night to eat his feed? It shouldn't. I feed my horses in their stalls, then they go back outside. I feed free-choice round bales of hay or I'll supplement pasture grazing with square bales. If those other horses don't get hay and there isn't enough pasture grazing, then you might consider making a paddock for your boy so he can have grazing and his hay, plus be able to visit with his friends. You can make a paddock with electric fence and a solar fence charger.
I have an indoor wash stall, but during the summer I usually rinse my horses on the grass. They get to graze and I get to water the pasture a bit ;-). I usually just hold the horse with one hand and hose with the other. It works well, if your horse is good at bathing.
Adding to luvs2ride post--You can try to add a bit of molasses to his water as well.
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