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post #1 of 6 Old 07-25-2013, 12:12 PM Thread Starter
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New home:how long does it take to adjust?

My 13 yo mare and I were just reunited after 7 years (I was in college, living in places where I couldn't have her). She was living with three other horses and now it's just her. She has 2 beautiful acres of pasture but she won't graze unless someone is hanging out with her, as soon as I leave she goes to stand in the shed. She's dropped a couple of pounds since being moved to her new home despite being fed grain and I'm a little worried, especially because I can't feasibly hang out in her pasture all day long. It almost seems like she doesn't feel safe or comfortable without me (or my husband) there. Is she still adjusting to not having her buddies (I've had her for almost three weeks now)? How long does it usually take for a horse to adjust to a new home/surroundings?
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-25-2013, 12:17 PM
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Horses are herd animals, and some never adjust to being alone. Is there anyway you can provide another grazing type animal to be her companion? Even a goat, or a miniature horse, or free lease an older pasture puff from somebody.

Grazing requires her to put her head down where she can't see her surroundings as well and so she feels more vulnerable.
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post #3 of 6 Old 07-25-2013, 01:17 PM
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Agreed, many horses just don't do well on their own. I've known a couple people who thought their horses were doing fine by themselves, but when they moved to a place with other horses they found their horses were doing even better.
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im subbing because i am curious as well. we've had horses in the past but now we dont and i am the only one interested in getting one currently so if i get another one, it would be alone until i can afford a second one.
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-25-2013, 02:34 PM
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Not only should a horse have a companion for company, safety in numbers, it would give them competition for eating the grass. They will eat better because the other might get it first.

When we got Lucy, she was only about six weeks old. We had to move her from her mom. The place we boarded her at had a couple calves. They put her with them so she would eat better.

On a lighter note, here's a vid of the calves and her.

Lucy and the confused cows - YouTube
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-29-2013, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the input. We're getting a wethered Nubian goat (3 mo) in a week so hopefully that will help; if not I might need to try and find someone who would want to board at our place. Thanks again!
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