New horse Kodak is here!
She arrived last night at 5:30, spent the evening grazing in the paddock while Harley watched intently from the pasture on the other side of the fence! He will not leave the area adjacent to the paddock while she is in there. She seems to like his presence, but doesn't appear as needy as he is. She's been moved around a lot over the last few weeks - three different ranches in just over a month before coming to our place last night. So at this point, I expect her to take a while to realize this is her permanent home.
They spent the night in side-by-side stalls, able to smell and see each other (the front of my stalls is open), but not touch. I put them out separately again this morning and they are staying on either side of the same fence so they appear to be buddying up already. I think the biggest issue we'll have is that Harley will bond so strongly to her that he'll become buddy sour! I can tell he's forgotten all about his old pasture mates now!
Kodak is a 9 year old (soon will be 10) registered QH mare. 14.3hh so about the same as Harley. She is very quiet and well-behaved, but is a bit aloof and can take a few minutes to catch in the paddock. She was like this before so my plan is to go out in the paddock several times a day, catch her, put a lead rope on her, give her a treat, maybe walk her around once, then release back to grazing. Hopefully, she will soon realize that getting caught is a good thing! If anyone has any tips, I'm all ears. Basically, you just have to go after her until she gives up and lets you catch her. I just don't let up. It only takes about 3 tries so not too bad. But you have to clip the lead rope on - if you just grab the halter, she will back up hard away from you. With a lead rope on, she just gives you her head and is totally cooperative.
In her stall, she is sweet, quiet and somewhat curious, but not like Harley, LOL. He's more of an in-your-face kind of horse. I think she's also unsure about the box stall and I don't know if she's ever been put on cross-ties before. We put her on them last night and she appeared a little anxious so we didn't keep her there long. But she's accepting all of it. She comes from out west where they often keep the horses on the range 24/7 and in her previous home, she was outside with a shelter. They tied her to a fence to tack up. So a lot of things will be different here, but I think she's the type of horse that can adjust as long as we take it slow.