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post #21 of 25 Old 08-01-2017, 12:45 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your replies everyone, I really appreciate it. :)

I went out again today so she could show me how to put together their feed. I also asked her if she would be comfortable with me bringing a lead rope in there with me for the first little while. I said it's just because I don't know the horses very well, and she seemed to be fine with it.

The mare ('Gem') would not stop moving her bum into us! Last time it was just once, but as soon as she finished her feed this time she did it over and over again while we were talking.

But in saying that, I don't think they're aggressive at all; just kinda oblivious to respecting your space. They are pretty much spoilt, well loved pets. Which is absolutely fine! The only reason I'm so strict with my own two is because if/when my bossy old mare wants her paddock mate out of the way, she wants it done fast. Which is potentially dangerous at feeding time if they don't already know I'm not to be shoved around!
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post #22 of 25 Old 08-01-2017, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
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Oh, and @george the mule - your wee guy George is beautiful! He has lovely eyes. :)

I also forgot to mention that I will be chucking some hay over the fence first, and then going in as someone already suggested.

I can't wait to get to know them! I'm probably going way over the top, but I'm really keen for horsey experience, and although I'm hardly doing anything, it's still SOMETHING. XD
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post #23 of 25 Old 08-01-2017, 10:30 AM
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Thanks, Silver! George is just special, and everybody (well, everybody except maybe my Thoroughbred horse, Oily) loves him; I've even seen my wife giving him kissies. He's a smaller mule, but not really "wee"; he's 14h and about 900lb. He is a superb trail mount, and a very popular "leader" with our trail riding club. He _is_ the apple of his daddies eye; probably why the big horse is so jealous :-)


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post #24 of 25 Old 08-02-2017, 09:15 AM
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Odie and i sometimes have to have a "talk" at meal time. if he crowds me or pins his ears at me i MAKE him stand in the far corner untill he gives me "nice" ears and quits his attitude. i have left his stall more than once with out food and waited a few min to try again. he figures out quickly that being a brat wont make food come faster. the others know to move when i tell them and the wait untill i step away from the food to eat.
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post #25 of 25 Old 08-03-2017, 04:05 AM
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I do not care if it is someones' horses, dogs or horses, if they are under my care then iit runs with my rules. I will state this to the owner, of they do not agree then they can find someone else! Oddly majority agree.
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