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post #11 of 56 Old 06-06-2016, 11:02 AM
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I would give her some time and not take anything personally. It sounds as if she's been from place to place for a little spell. I really do believe that horses develop alliances and friendships with other horses and she may not be so quick to get close right now.

Some animals may care or care less, I don't know, but whenever I get a new adult animal I feel kind of bad for them. I feel bad that they have no control over where they go or what happens to them. I try to have understanding and they always settle in time. It will eventually click in her head that she is staying.
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post #12 of 56 Old 06-06-2016, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Jan - it's really, really hard to work today! There are pluses and minuses to working from home sometimes!
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post #13 of 56 Old 06-06-2016, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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I would give her some time and not take anything personally. It sounds as if she's been from place to place for a little spell. I really do believe that horses develop alliances and friendships with other horses and she may not be so quick to get close right now.

Some animals may care or care less, I don't know, but whenever I get a new adult animal I feel kind of bad for them. I feel bad that they have no control over where they go or what happens to them. I try to have understanding and they always settle in time. It will eventually click in her head that she is staying.
I feel the same way Lori. What really drove it home for me is when we brought Harley here for the first couple of times. We just rode him over from the neighbors, but he was very upset and on edge. He's fine now, but he already knows us so that comforts him. Despite that, the fact that the sights and smells were different did affect him quite a bit. I can just imagine what Kodak is feeling, having to adjust to new people on top of everything else! We will give her time. But I want to keep interacting with her a lot so she gets used to us and so she doesn't get even harder to catch.
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post #14 of 56 Old 06-06-2016, 11:16 AM
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Oh definitely, Being her leader will make her feel better and she will get used to you, you just can't take it personally.
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post #15 of 56 Old 06-06-2016, 12:35 PM
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Congrats on your new mare! Here's to many happy rides and years with her.
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post #16 of 56 Old 06-06-2016, 12:37 PM
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Just wanted to add that at first I read her name as Kodiak, as in the bear. I assume that Kodak means she is photogenic.
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post #17 of 56 Old 06-06-2016, 01:03 PM
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My mare was a pill to catch when I first got her... well actually, she was easy the first week then the mare that she was pastured with got very possessive and would herd her away from me (and honestly my mare was a full participant in the silliness). After a while I got tired of chasing and 'catch me if you can', and confused them by just meandering over to the round bale holder in the middle of their large pasture, and just sitting there non nonchalantly enjoying the outdoors or even checking email. They didn't know what to make of it, and soon just wandered over and stood staring at me lol. Then I figured out just by greeting the horse I was NOT trying to catch (and ignoring my own) made mine VERY interested in me... and she'd walk over and just about halter herself :)

My way is also cumbersome at first... but now the game gets played for maybe 30 seconds (and it's obviously just a little game) or not at all, and I can catch her with no drama.
She also always gets a little hand grazing in lush clover or a treat at some point during my time with her.

Have fun! Your place is amazing (good job - I know a lot of work and planning has gone into it), and your horses are both lovely!!

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post #18 of 56 Old 06-06-2016, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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Just wanted to add that at first I read her name as Kodiak, as in the bear. I assume that Kodak means she is photogenic.
I don't know how she got her name, but we liked it so we kept it. My daughter (11) didn't know what it meant, so she googled it and told me it has something to do with photography! NO kidding! There's a generation gap for you. Kids don't know what a Kodak is anymore!
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I just went to check on them again. It's been rainy all day so they were both seeking shelter and since I know Harley likes to nap around this time every day, I brought them both in for a bit. Harley was already in his open stall, facing out, as always, so I just shut the bottom door, then opened the gate from the pasture so Kodak could come in. She walked over to say hi to Harley (big sniff), then walked right into her open stall and assumed the position (facing out). I left her door open into the paddock, but I think she'll stay in out of the rain. They both have hay in case they get hungry. I stood in the stall with Kodak for a bit. She let me pat her shoulder and just stood there. I didn't grab her halter this time, but offered her a piece of carrot which she took with her lips, but then dropped on the floor. She is eating and drinking, but not eating a lot. Poor girl must be so stressed. Will give her a good grooming tonight.
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post #20 of 56 Old 06-06-2016, 05:02 PM
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I don't know how she got her name, but we liked it so we kept it. My daughter (11) didn't know what it meant, so she googled it and told me it has something to do with photography! NO kidding! There's a generation gap for you. Kids don't know what a Kodak is anymore!
OMG So funny! I've never thought of that but I bet my son has no idea either.

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I just went to check on them again. It's been rainy all day so they were both seeking shelter and since I know Harley likes to nap around this time every day, I brought them both in for a bit. Harley was already in his open stall, facing out, as always, so I just shut the bottom door, then opened the gate from the pasture so Kodak could come in. She walked over to say hi to Harley (big sniff), then walked right into her open stall and assumed the position (facing out). I left her door open into the paddock, but I think she'll stay in out of the rain. They both have hay in case they get hungry. I stood in the stall with Kodak for a bit. She let me pat her shoulder and just stood there. I didn't grab her halter this time, but offered her a piece of carrot which she took with her lips, but then dropped on the floor. She is eating and drinking, but not eating a lot. Poor girl must be so stressed. Will give her a good grooming tonight.
Aww, sweet girl!
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