She just drank out of the auto waterer tonight and with one gelding right next to it. Yes! Im so happy!!!!! I talked to the BO and shes going out in the herd in a few days! YAY she can finally be a horse and make friends, play, bond, hang out, etc. Ive been waiting for this moment for months. I cant believe its finally happening.
Hes keeping her in the area next to the herd until then so they get more comfortable. She has been 100% retired from her paddock.
I like how he has slowly introduced her to the herd over the span of a couple weeks.
Its just too bad that she will be put out in the daytime and I will be at work :(. Ive been waiting for this moment for months and I would do anything to see this moment. This will suck not being there for the moment cause over the past few days Ive been learning lots and loving watching how the herd communicate. I have no doubt that i would learn a lot from seeing a new horse introduced to a herd. Infact Ive never seen this before in person and it would be something id do anything to experience.
I felt she was hesistating all this time drinking the waterer becuase she didnt know how to feel with the other horses around it (and horses she doesnt know).
I got here and saw no bucket of water and was getting worried! I took her into the barn and gave her a pale of water but she only took a sip. I thought that was odd. After I was done, I put her back and continued to hang out and observe.
Shes getting more comfortable with the horses. The geldings still are showing a lot of interest in her and she will at times turn her butt to them. But shes at least willing to sniff them at the fence (which the past couple days she wasnt). She has engaged a bit more with the horses and will hang out.
Though a couple times when one of the geldings was wanting to say hi, she tried to bite him.
I took her into the barn and gave her a pale of water and she took a sip but didnt drink much. I thought that was odd. I thought she would have gulped it.
Put her back on the area after and just hung out and observed more.
When they were hanging out, she saw another mare sip from teh waterer and I was hoping she would finally do it. She didnt but she was about to and she was watching.
Then when she was done, she took a couple steps forward and went for it!
I bet she feels a lot more comfortable after doing this and knowing the other horses werent going to hurt her.
Talked with the BO tonight and he said hes happy for me. He actually saw her drink from it late last night and again this morning so thats good! He said he was going to take a pic and send it to me haha, what a guy.
He said that she should be fine when he puts her out. She will most likely be the 2nd from the bottom (over top the philly). He even mentioned how much interest the one gelding has shown in her and she would kinda ignore him. But he said they will sort it out and she will be fine, she wont lash out but she will stand her own just fine.
When she goes out, what kind of differences could I perhaps see from her, in terms of her atttiude and demeanour.
Im curious if shes going to be catchable the first time I go out. I might have a bit of a struggle the first while Id imagine cause she will be in too much excitement making new friends.