I was so tired after work tonight and was going to take the night off from seeing my mare but I decided I would still go. Im sure glad I ended up going. When I arrived she was in the area right next to the herd again and I spent a couple hours with her there just hanging out. I didnt handle her, didnt ask of anything from her. When shes in this area right next to the herd I want her to spend as much time as possible with the other horses so she can get more acquanted and comfortable being around them.
I love watching horses communicate with each other. I just sat back for 2 hours and watched and observed. I was going to read but I wanted to watch the herd tonight.
She still hasnt drank out of the auto waterer (and according to the BO), but the BO said that she was put out in the morning and noticed that she would go up close to the auto waterer from time to time when the other horses werent near it. So it sounds to me like a couple possibilities on why shes not drinking from it (even though according the previous owner from last nighht, she has drank from them before).
I checked and the auto waterer is NOT the lever type, its the one where its like a water trough.
1) She feels a bit uncomfortable attempting to stick her head in when other horses are hovered right around it. And its horses she doesnt know. If she knew them, im sure she would be comfortable with sticking her head in.
2) The sound it makes as more water comes into it. I noticed tonight she would watch when another horse drinks from it and then she would walk up close to it and look at it and observe, and I think she wanted to go ahead and drink from it but didnt attempt to. So its obvious that she knows what it is and how to get water.
I was going to put her back in her paddock so she could have her dinner and for the night but the BO came and fed her dinner in the area right next to the herd so shes spending the night there and tomorrow! YAY im so happy! Spending the night next to the herd should really help.
She seemed to be getting more comfortable around the horses but im not sure on those two geldings in the herd. One keeps rushing my mare along the gate and seems a bit aggressive. He will dash up to the gate at full speed. The other gelding is pretty nice. I think my mare is bit intimidated when all 3 are lined up at the fence looking at her and wanting to sniff her. She will walk away and create some distance. Also doesnt help when shes the smallest, the others are all 15hh.
Im not saying that the BO is going to put her in the herd tomorrow or the next day but I can tell shes getting closer. Its obvious what the BOs plan was and that was to have her spend time here and there next to the herd and not just a one time thing, then into the herd she goes. He is obviously taking full precaution in going about it so nothing bad happens. And slowly easing her in. This is probably the best and safest approach in going about it and Im glad hes letting her stay the night there tonight and good chance tomorrow as well.
Last edited by Hoofpic; 10-29-2015 at 09:52 PM.