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post #1 of 3 Old 01-02-2015, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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I need advice badly!

I just got a new horse a few days ago, and it would take forever to explain the conditions she was in before so I will make it a long story short. In her old "pasture" (I would say it's smaller than an arena) with other horses, there was no grass. Just ankle deep mud, so bad that when she tried to walk forward she would slip around. There was no barn. I got her to a new boarding facility, and when I bring her in the barn she is very antsy. I don't know how to get her accustomed to being tied either. She was never tied much before, they brought brushes into the area where the horses were kept. How do I get her used to these things?
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post #2 of 3 Old 01-02-2015, 09:25 PM
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Turn going into the barn like an easter egg hunt. Get some little cottage cheese tubs, 5 or 6 and put a few treats in them around the barn, the aisle, her stall, the far end. Walk her in but if she gets nervous before the first treat, take her back out. Allow her to relax then try again. Head for the first treat and don't let her grab it but you hand her the treat. If she's still relaxed, walk to the next one, always going back outside if she gets nervous. She'll start looking for the treats and as long as she is, she's not worried about being in the barn. When you run out, replenish the treats and set them out again. Let her look for them with no guidance from you. This time end with one in her stall. Leave her in there until she gets upset then take her out. She may be fine. Going in the barn and leaving raises her stress then lowers, up and down until the brain says "enough" and the stress often abates. The treats are providing incentive for wanting to be in the barn.

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post #3 of 3 Old 01-02-2015, 09:26 PM
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I read you other post as well as this one. For the settling in part give her some time to adjust. If she was used to being outside, and is now inside that is a big change. Horses like to be out where they can see everything and there surroundings, they are naturally a bit claustrophobic.

When she is in the barn make sure it is a good place to be, have a slow feed hay bag for her, spread her feed around in several buckets so she has to forage around a little bit to get it. Try and give her things to do to keep her brain busy, and help her relax.

As for the tying more information about what she does when tied would be useful. Does she pull back, does she dance around, paw etc..? But if your tying in the barn and she is nervous about being in the barn, I would try tying her someplace else out in the open where she is more comfortable. That would also solve the problem in your last post about pinning you against a wall, which by the way I would use a crop or training stick and whack her on the side of her barrel to get her off/keep her off of you.

As for the not wanting to pick up her one foot, as read in other post, maybe her feet are sore from standing around in the mud and it is a defense mechanism because she is hurting. Or maybe it is a learned behavior from her prior owners.

Regardless I would find someone with some training experience to help you find your way with this horse. While these are relatively simple things to fix, no offense, your asking for help to fix to them which tells me you don't have a lot of experience with small things, much less bigger things. They are all symptoms of a cause and if you don't fix them they will become bigger issues.

Good luck to you.
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