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post #41 of 53 Old 10-29-2014, 06:13 PM
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She is a cutie patootey! Congrats.

While I believe having an equine buddy would be ideal, I understand it isn't always possible. I bet she will settle down more and more in the coming weeks.

I agree with Natisha above, that gap needs to be filled in. Also, cap those t-posts! Nasty, lifethreatening wounds can occur on those things.

ETA: I was slow responding and see you have already been made aware of the caps :)
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post #42 of 53 Old 10-29-2014, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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Once I'm well enough to get out of the house I'll go look for some caps for those t posts.

Also I just found out from my grandmother who like to feed my goats that Sally is eating the vines and tree limbs she throws over for them aswell? I didn't think horses liked that kind of stuff. Should I be worried about this?
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post #43 of 53 Old 10-29-2014, 06:52 PM
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I would make sure you know what species the plants are that are getting tossed over! There are some very VERY toxic things such as red maple leaves, oleander, yew, just to name a few.
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post #44 of 53 Old 10-29-2014, 07:28 PM
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Congrats! Sounds like things are going really well.
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post #45 of 53 Old 10-30-2014, 06:57 AM
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I agree whole heartedly with MSLady! You handled her really well! If she was with other horses at her last home that could very well be the source of her stress, and that's what the pacing is about. She'll settle in eventually. Also, the more she comes to know you and accepts you as her leader her stress will diminish. You gotta watch those Appies sometimes, they can be real testers! They can be pretty strong willed. some of us consider that to be the standout strength of the breed. They're thinkers! Good luck and have fun!!!
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post #46 of 53 Old 10-30-2014, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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Grandma says honey suckle, pine, and Gumball branches. Thats pretty much what we have around here. I know of a few red maples and my goats love the stuff but I'll keep the horse far away from it.

Thank you Ecasey I dont think I could have asked for a better first horse honestly.

LOL Mfed people kept telling me Appa's were stubborn boneheads and all I have to say to that is they just must not know how to handle a smart horse. She is very very smart and does try to get away with things but as I catch her in it she's learning her place. I prefer my animals with some personality and it doesn't bother me. She talks a big talk and she's a snorter but she's so gentle I can go right up behind her and play with her tail.
She's not pacing at all anymore haven't seen her do it for days. I really think the foxes that came up to the fence her first night bothered her.
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post #47 of 53 Old 10-30-2014, 01:57 PM
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Couple suggestions from me:

Give her a little more time to settle, though I agree with a mini or pony friend would help better.


I would cap those t-posts. I've seen some bad injuries when horses get stabbed with them.

If you're going to keep a halter on her, i would make it a break away. There look like some things she could easily catch her halter on and you don't want her to get tangled up.

Cute Appaloosa!
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post #48 of 53 Old 10-30-2014, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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Couple suggestions from me:

Give her a little more time to settle, though I agree with a mini or pony friend would help better.


I would cap those t-posts. I've seen some bad injuries when horses get stabbed with them.

If you're going to keep a halter on her, i would make it a break away. There look like some things she could easily catch her halter on and you don't want her to get tangled up.

Cute Appaloosa!
Thank you drifting already have all that covered. I wish we could edit first posts so I could say that. Also love your icon nice to see I'm not the only MLP fan here. Hoof bump?
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post #49 of 53 Old 10-30-2014, 02:19 PM
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Love your Appy..congrats! We sure paid a price for NOT having t post caps when we first got our horses. Our Appy got a pretty good gash that required stitches. I found the caps at tractor supply..worth every penny! Enjoy your new horse!!
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post #50 of 53 Old 10-30-2014, 02:49 PM
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Pine is fine as long as it truly is pine, not another conifer (most conifers are fine, but yew, which I think most people can ID yew from pine). Honey suckle is toxic in high amounts or if the horse already has a liver disorder, but a few bites won't hurt her. I have never heard of gumball, but a quick search shows it is a spirea. I don't think spirea is toxic.
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