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post #21 of 56 Old 06-06-2016, 07:11 PM
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She's so pretty! x
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post #22 of 56 Old 06-06-2016, 07:34 PM
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Acadian, she's lovely but I have a special place in my heart for Quarter horses.
I think you are doing well with them and I know I mentioned this before but will say it again as I think it is so important to separate them right from the beginning as a private stable with two horses has a very different herd dynamics from a boarding stable with many owners coming and going and horses moving in and out of pastures, stalls etc.
Just taking one horse away for a short time and leave one in the stall is a good start. Harley is used to being taken out and ridden away from his buddies so he might not find this a problem but taking Kodak away, he might take umbrage at this and hate being left behind so best to start now before they become too bonded.

My sister just bought a new pony about 13 hands and she was a little difficult to catch at first but is coming around nicely now. We go out and just give a little treat and pet her maybe lead her around a bit then let her go and everyone does this as often as possible.
She was introduced to her new paddock, walking around the fence then letting her out with the mini, then putting her out alone, then putting her out in the back paddock alone with the mini out front, then putting all the horses out and leaving her in the barn so she knows that she can be by herself and the world doesn't end. So far she has done well with this and it's good to get this established right away.

Your mare is really lovely and I know you will be looking forward to riding and having fun with your horses and your daughter. I'm sure this will be great for her having you riding with her.
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post #23 of 56 Old 06-06-2016, 09:00 PM
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Love this mare, my favorite color too!
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post #24 of 56 Old 06-06-2016, 09:51 PM
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BTW - I think you 'win' on horse names... Kodak and Harley - Love it!

I'm a mid-lifer finally making time for horses... Having a blast, but there's soooo much to learn -
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post #25 of 56 Old 06-06-2016, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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We all had a great second night together! As promised, I took Harley out for a ride around the property (13 acres of wooded trails, so not huge, but enough to get them out of sight of each other). He was fine. He thought we were going to his old barn for a bit, stopped on me once when I wanted him to turn into a new trail, but I pushed him on and after a couple of refusals, he ended up giving in and cooperating. After that, we put him in the paddock and brought Kodak in for a grooming session. She was fine, although a little head shy. She has a big welt on her face so I have to wonder if it had something to do with it. I don't think it would have come from the people who sold her to me - it looks a few weeks old and they've only had her a month. Who knows. That's the hard part about buying a horse whose history you know little about. You can touch her on the face, but she really shies away from sudden movements. However, if you go slow, she's ok. I just scratched her on the neck, then the cheek and she enjoyed it (the flies are bad around here right now so she was itchy). She ended up putting her head down into me so I could get her behind the ears. She will be fine as soon as she realizes we'll never hit her.

Then, we put her in her stall and opened the dutch door to the outside, making sure Harley was not right in front of it. She sauntered out, looked at Harley and walked through the open gate that goes from the paddock to the pasture. He followed right along quietly like they had always known each other. It was a total non-event. They spent a couple of hours grazing, occasionally sniffing noses, but mostly parallel to each other. At dusk, I went out and called Harley in for supper. He ran right into his stall and I shut him in. Kodak wanted to follow him but I didn't let her. She figured out pretty quick that she was supposed to go in her stall so she did, and I gave her some grain too. Both of them are shut in for the night now. It could not have gone better.

I do agree with all the posters though - these two will get very bonded and it will be important to do things away from each other.

But they are awfully cute :)
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post #26 of 56 Old 06-06-2016, 10:11 PM
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Yes Harley is beautiful, and so is this mare. Very nice horses.
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post #27 of 56 Old 06-06-2016, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks whisperbaby... I sure am a proud mom right now!

Incidentally, you may notice Kodak has a brand. It's fairly recent - was put on by the people who bought her in Manitoba and sold her to me. The skin is still scabbing. I wish they hadn't, but that's probably just me being oversensitive... anyway, does anyone know what I should do to help it heal? I was careful about brushing it tonight, but she didn't seem to care when I brushed over it.
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post #28 of 56 Old 06-06-2016, 11:04 PM
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I love that everything is going so well! How many times did you go out to the barn today?
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post #29 of 56 Old 06-06-2016, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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I love that everything is going so well! How many times did you go out to the barn today?
Um.... five? Seven? Not really sure. Does going out onto the deck to see how they're doing in the pasture count?

I still got SOME work done :) But the day sure flew by fast!
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post #30 of 56 Old 06-07-2016, 12:38 AM
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Um.... five? Seven? Not really sure. Does going out onto the deck to see how they're doing in the pasture count?

I still got SOME work done :) But the day sure flew by fast!
Is there such a thing as maternity leave when you get a new horse??
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