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post #1 of 56 Old 06-06-2016, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
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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.
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post #2 of 56 Old 06-06-2016, 09:24 AM
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She is really pretty, so glad you have her home. She'll come around, I had a mare that didn't want to be caught at first. Once she got to know me she was a little better. I don't ride all of the time so most times when I catch her, it's for something else so now she'll just stand there and wait for me. If I have food she'll walk up to me. In the beginning she was really bad though so I would catch her, halter her and feed her. Then I would turn her loose. I'm sure you won't have too much problem with your new mare.

On a side note: Still loving that barn
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post #3 of 56 Old 06-06-2016, 09:33 AM
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Gorgeous barn! Beautiful mare! My suggestion would be to have a bucket with a treat a few feet outside the gate. After you lead her through the gate, she gets the treat (my mare requires a handful of carrot slices). When she is really easy to catch, just treat her every other time, then start cutting back to every third time until it is really random. Just enough that she always hopes there will be a treat. I know it sounds cumbersome, but I don't have the time to walk my mare down on 20 acres with 12 horses running around, so this is what works for me. I don't have to have the bucket outside the gate anymore, but I do always give her a treat at some point during my time with her so she is more than willing to be caught.


I would also start riding Harley away from her a lot right now before he has time to think about it.
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On a side note: Still loving that barn
Me too! It was the greatest feeling in the world this morning, going out to feed and tend my horses! Everything is working out really well - layout, etc. I may put some more handles on some of the electrobraid so I can get in and out of the pasture without walking all the way around to the gates, but otherwise, everything is perfect! I love the dutch doors and so do the horses. Harley likes to come into his stall once in a while, to get away from the bugs and just nap. I'm also loving the wood pellets so far. I just pick the manure out of it, scoop up any wet spots with a shovel and I'm done. Very easy to clean, stays neat looking and there is a lot less wasted bedding.
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Gorgeous barn! Beautiful mare! My suggestion would be to have a bucket with a treat a few feet outside the gate. After you lead her through the gate, she gets the treat (my mare requires a handful of carrot slices). When she is really easy to catch, just treat her every other time, then start cutting back to every third time until it is really random. Just enough that she always hopes there will be a treat. I know it sounds cumbersome, but I don't have the time to walk my mare down on 20 acres with 12 horses running around, so this is what works for me. I don't have to have the bucket outside the gate anymore, but I do always give her a treat at some point during my time with her so she is more than willing to be caught.


I would also start riding Harley away from her a lot right now before he has time to think about it.
Excellent idea about the treat bucket! Right now, she's not getting too excited about treats. She didn't even eat the apple I offered her. I'm guessing it's just nervousness. Or I haven't found her favorite treat yet. Will try cut up carrots.

And good idea about riding Harley! I wasn't even thinking of that. I was focusing on making sure Kodak knows we are her handlers now and hoped to saddle her up tonight or tomorrow. Will also take Harley out for a ride soon. I expect to ride them individually for the first few times so I know how Kodak is out on trails before I let my daughter come out with me. Will make sure they both get ridden.
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Love @Whinnie 's suggestion of riding Harley out alone early and often. His little face in the background in the top row of pictures is priceless. He looks lovestruck- so definitely get out ahead of it.
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post #7 of 56 Old 06-06-2016, 09:58 AM
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Agree with riding Harley now so he knows that he can have a buddy and still ride away. I have had my new horse for about 6 weeks now and she is just now starting to show her personality. I am used to affectionate horses and she was extremely aloof. She is now coming up to the fence just for scratches and I always try to make sure that each time I get her out it is just not to work (she was a pasture pet so work is new) She is gorgeous and I am so happy to see they are settling in well. What a weekend you have had!
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Omg ! Living the dream! She's so gorgeous, I'm so glad you found a second horse she's a stunner!
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Omg ! Living the dream! She's so gorgeous, I'm so glad you found a second horse she's a stunner!
Thanks - she is a pretty girl isn't she?

And yes, I am SO living the dream! I feel like I should pinch myself to make sure this is all real. I waited a long, long time for this and am so grateful that everything is falling into place so well.

I just went out to switch the horses so Harley could come into the paddock and Kodak into the pasture. Found out Kodak really likes carrots! She still tried to pull away from me hard though, so it will take time. But I managed to put them in each of their stalls (they did sniff each other really well when Kodak had her head out of the dutch door and Harley decided to walk over to her and say hello. It went really well. Nostril to nostril, but no reaction from either horse. They just stood there smelling each other really well, then Harley moved on and came into his stall so I could shut the door and let Kodak out into the pasture.

Will try to ride Harley out tonight. I may wait another day to ride Kodak. It's raining and forecasting thunder showers tonight. I know Harley's fine in rain and thunder, but don't know about Kodak.
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How exciting! It sounds like everything is going fantastic so far. You are going to have SO much fun having both horses @ your house! We had a buddy-sour horse when I was growing up, and that was not fun. It really limited what could be done w/ her, and we even worried about her safety when we'd take the pony out. I'd do everything you can to prevent that situation!
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