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Im pretty happy with how todays leson went.
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I have never a found horse not to like cubes or pellets. Especially 50% alfalfa!
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My mare is sticking with the gerd pretty good. Looks like she is second from the bottom.

Though this is the first time in 3 days ive come out, it seems shes found her spot in the herd and has gotten closer to her mates.

Was watching for a bit tonight and they were all following each other around grazing and hanging out.

When it came to eating, when the hay truck came around, all 4 of them were following along the fence to the truck and the the two geldings above her would chase her away and my mare would swish her tail and kick out at them. Which i think is pretty normal and will probably stop after more time them getting to know each other.

But i didnt like how they would kick her off her pile and eat off of it. Then my mare would run off while shes losing some of her precious food.

Other than that, i didnt handle her today, didnt even go say hi to my mare, but she saw me a couple times from a distance and knew i was here.
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That is the way of horses, chasing each other off of the best patch of grass and the best pile of hay.

It is like musical chairs we played as a child.
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That is the way of horses, chasing each other off of the best patch of grass and the best pile of hay.

It is like musical chairs we played as a child.
Im hoping as time goes on, this happens less or stops. I was getting really worried as I was about to leave on whether or not she would get her food back and thankfully she did. I made sure of this before I left.

The other gelding wasnt on her pile for long, but still taking her food is still taking her food. It means she gets less food , she wont be as full as she should be and will be underfed.

Im so happy for my mare, Im sure being with other horses again without a fence or two seperating them is a blessing for her. Shes no longer lonely and can be a horse again. And I saw that - she was hanging out with them, walking around in a pack following each other, and taking naps together.

Its amazing what a couple full days of her being in there, and couple full days of me being away do. Big pat on the back and props to my BO for making good judgement and easing her into the herd slowly. I owe him.

Even though she saw me from a distance tonight, I still gave her the day off and didnt approach her (as hard as that was cause you all know how much I miss her).

Tomorrow I will take her out and into the barn and groom her.

The BO predicted right, that she will move above the fillie and she did even though she is 4.5 and the fillie is 10.

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Age isn't always a factor. The willingness to bluff and back it up is what determines herd placement.

The old saying, "It isn't the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog", is so very true.
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Age isn't always a factor. The willingness to bluff and back it up is what determines herd placement.

The old saying, "It isn't the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog", is so very true.
I know age isnt always a factor.

I have a question, when you see horses following each other in the field, is it always the leader that gets followed? Will you ever see the leader follow the other horses below him?
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Sometimes the lead horse will drive the other horses off if they think there is danger, but ime usually the herd will follow whichever direction the leader goes. I like to watch my horses grazing in the paddock, there are 7 on 20 acres and usually you will see the lead horse (it changes daily between two geldings) grazing and the rest of them will be grazing/dozing not that far behind
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I know age isnt always a factor.

I have a question, when you see horses following each other in the field, is it always the leader that gets followed? Will you ever see the leader follow the other horses below him?
They are HERD animals, and PREY. Their nature is to STAY together, so they LOOK bigger to the predators.
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They are HERD animals, and PREY. Their nature is to STAY together, so they LOOK bigger to the predators.
I know.

So basically what youre saying is that its not alwys the leader that gets followed, it can be random at times?

Im going to introduce the hay cube to my mare today! Ive decided that Im going to keep her cubes in my car and just prep them before heading to the barn. Its just so much quicker.
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