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post #21 of 53 Old 10-23-2014, 02:13 PM
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Better yet, if she's usually easy to catch I'd recommend leaving the halter off unless you need it. That does need fixing though.. halter, or her nose.. or eye...

Horses are VERY accident prone. You will swear they try.

She's lovely. Congrats.

I agree you did exactly the right thing when she didn't want to be caught. Good start!
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post #22 of 53 Old 10-23-2014, 02:25 PM
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My guy is kept "alone". Our neighbors are close an often their horses are out and my guy can interact over the fence with them but he does just fine. He hangs out usually on the far corner near the neighbors horses when they are stalled but wanders and grazes as well. Some horses yes can settle into this kind of thing, other need another equine with them to be completely relaxed.
I agree give her some more time to settle in, maybe try giving her a hay net of grass to keep her busy ?
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post #23 of 53 Old 10-23-2014, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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Now that you mention it I do! Thank you for pointing that out. I'll put some wood or something there to block it.

Edit: I'm going out today to get a break away halter for in the pasture aswell as some other things would that do alright? She's right outside my house and I check her multiple times a day and atleast once at night.
She has a hay net in the barn theres actually two so her and the goats can use one and dont fight.

Thank you for all the suggestions and comments they've all been helpful.
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post #24 of 53 Old 10-23-2014, 02:44 PM
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Yes, a break away halter is a great idea.
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post #25 of 53 Old 10-23-2014, 05:39 PM
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If she must have a halter get a break away. It's generally better to just leave it off though.
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post #26 of 53 Old 10-23-2014, 06:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Talon View Post
I respect your opinion but I dont personally agree with it as I know many people who keep horses without other horses and they are happy. You are very much entitled to your beliefs but you'll have to forgive me for having differing ones. :( I do believe there are horses that cant do without others and if she is one of those horses I will deal with things accordingly.
I understand.

My opinion is based on nature. I like to keep things as close to natural as possible and no horse in nature would choose to be without other equines around.
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post #27 of 53 Old 10-23-2014, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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Almost nothing about how we keep any animal is natural is how I look at it. I see where you're coming from. I'm really not up for a debate though, this is a very drawn out subject with good points on both sides I'm in no way saying you're wrong and I'm right.

I'm not going to reply to anyone who posts here about me needing to get another horse after this post. I've already said I'm taking it into consideration and that I am going to do whatever turns out to be best for her even if I have to rehome her.
I feel like most of my post was overtaken with things about this lol.

She is now in a break away halter. She only paced twice today instead of most of the day like she was doing. Once I'm more sure of her personality I'll leave her halter off but I'm still learning her and she's learning me so I feel safer with her halter on.
I'm amazed at how smart she is she already knows her name and comes when I call her. She did not have a test for me today ether so I feel she is finally starting to get more comfortable with her routine and with me on the ground.
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post #28 of 53 Old 10-23-2014, 10:54 PM
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Honest, I was going to say the same then you specified she was pacing on the side of the fence away from the horses. That has me far less concerned. She is not completely isolated and that's the most important. Sounds like she just needs to settle in now.

My guess is she will be perfectly happy if she has the goats and the neighbors horses are that close.

Trust me, I'm one of the first people to complain about that :)
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post #29 of 53 Old 10-23-2014, 11:46 PM
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You two are going to be just fine! Have fun on your horse adventures!

As per the natural horse subject... I like to keep my horses as natural as possible (I don't feed my horses grain but a lot of "all natural" people do) but I have no problem with shoeing, stalling, riding, etc. If we were really going to go totally natural, nobody would handle the horses, there would be no geldings, there would be no hoof trims, no vaccines, only a few horses on every few hundred acres, etc. etc. etc. Its kind of pointless to try and keep a horse totally natural, because then you wouldn't be horse keeping right?
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post #30 of 53 Old 10-24-2014, 01:15 AM
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Congrats on your new horse, she looks lovely and great to see that she is good with the goats! Will be interesting to see if she ends up with her tail chewed off, goats are notorious for doing that with accepting horses.
Sounds like you are handling her well and have all of her best interests in mind.
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