Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians View Post
I suggested you just leave her be for a few days, and I see you are doing that. I meant exactly that, just let her be a horse and get to know the other horses for a few days, without you doing anything with her. The reason I suggested it was, kind of like your little kid just going to nursery school or kindergarten for the first time. If mommy will just spend drop the kid off and go on, the kid settles in quickly. If mommy is there all the time, even if she doesn't do anything but watch, the kid knows she's there and finds a reason to think it's because they're in a bad place and they won't settle. Same thing when kids go to the Dr., if mom goes in the office the kid frequently throws an almighty fit. If mom stays out in the waiting room the kid tends to cooperate and not fuss. Same logic for the horse.
For the hay cubes, if you use them and soak them you can hide all manner of things in them. She may not like them at first, but I'm thinking that if you pull her out and put her in a paddock with nothing else, she'll eat them and pretty soon they'll be a big treat. I'd soak them and make them a little soupy but not downing, and don't add anything at first. Just let her get used to the hay cubes. Then in a week or 2, once she decides they're good stuff, then add the minerals, she'll be fine with that because the supplement will dissolve in the water and she won't notice. When you add the supplement, do it a little at a time. For instance if it calls for feeding 2 oz of supplement, then start with about 1/2 oz and work up over a few days. Horses are very suspicious of change, so anything you do at first will be questionable.
I doubt the BO will say much of anything if you're only feeding her hay cubes as a treat, not as a major meal, but just tell him you're hiding her vits & mins in them.
As for horse stuff in the car, let's see. I currently have a western show bridle, romal reins, riding boots, 2 different sets of spurs, a helmet and 2 horse barn jackets in the back seat of my truck. So, yep, never leave home without 'em.
Thanks, I had a feeling that was you who suggested I dont do anything with her for a few days.
But i have a riding lesson in a few hours and heading to the barn shortly. I was hoping to bring her into the barn today and groom her. Do you think i should give her another day today of not interacting with her? I hate to say it, but I miss her. The past couple days is the first time since ive had her that i went 2 days in a row without seeing her.
For the hay cubes, good points, yes thats what i was planning on doing, adding a bit of minerals at first then up it as time goes on. But you are right, best to feed her the cubes as is first so she can get used to them.
Im guessing these cubes arent all that tasty for horses? Is it an acquired taste?
Im definitely considering keeping her cubes in my car. The fact i can soak them and prep them before heading to the barn will be really benefit me when its -20 outside. This way i can put in warm water and i dont have to tinker with frozen outdoor hoses and mixing and letting it sit when I can just prep it before and by the time i get there, i can bring her in and she can eat.
As a matter of fact this is what my ex did in the winters (actually she did it all year round). She kept her horses sweet feed and grain in her trunk all the time, as well as buckets and stir sticks, supplments etc. In the winter, she wouldnt work her horses but she would go out just to feed them sweet feed.
The only time when im going to feed her the cubes is when I have her in the barn tied up, while i brush or groom her. Obviously i wont be doing it in the field.
I also picked up a headlamp today with adjustable levels of brightness. Im guessing this is probably something i will have to get her comfortable with before throwing on my head all of a sudden. But I expect to be using this a lot, this winter.