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post #1 of 8 Old 09-09-2019, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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Separation and New Friends for Horses

Hey guys.

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I have a question: how upsetting is it for a horse to be moved from a pasture with a long-time companion (or two) to a different pasture with a different horse (or two)?

I’d like to move a fat little pony whose prone to founder to a pasture with much less grass. Trying to weigh the pros and cons.

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post #2 of 8 Old 09-09-2019, 03:11 PM
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Usually pretty darn upset... for a while. I've had some get over it in a matter of days, others walk a trench by the fence by pacing and neighing for 5 weeks straight.
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post #3 of 8 Old 09-09-2019, 03:39 PM
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It really depends on the pony's personality. Is he a confident and friendly guy, or does he tend to be barn / buddy sour?

If you think his current pasture is too lush, you could also try a grazing muzzle. People keep recommending this to me for my fatty, LOL. Personally I'd try moving him to the other pasture and see how it goes.

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post #4 of 8 Old 09-09-2019, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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It really depends on the pony's personality. Is he a confident and friendly guy, or does he tend to be barn / buddy sour?

If you think his current pasture is too lush, you could also try a grazing muzzle. People keep recommending this to me for my fatty, LOL. Personally I'd try moving him to the other pasture and see how it goes.

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She’s shy, and hides behind her buddy. So she’d probably be pretty darn upset. :/

Hmm. I think maybe a grazing muzzle and metabolic support makes the most sense for now. As it is, her feet are sore, so I wouldnt want to have to put her through trailering anyway.

Not to mention, she’s 20. I assume horses are like all animals, in that they adjust to change better when they are younger.
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post #5 of 8 Old 09-12-2019, 10:06 AM
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Can you limit turnout for a few hours a day? It probably wouldn’t hurt his pals to be out in a dry lot with him for a few hours a day either. Grazing muzzles are awesome. I use them everyday during the late spring/summer/early fall. Sugar levels in the grass are lower at night.
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post #6 of 8 Old 09-12-2019, 11:00 AM
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You could try a grazing muzzle. :) May take awhile for them to get used to it, but they do work!

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post #7 of 8 Old 09-13-2019, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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Can you limit turnout for a few hours a day? It probably wouldn’t hurt his pals to be out in a dry lot with him for a few hours a day either. Grazing muzzles are awesome. I use them everyday during the late spring/summer/early fall. Sugar levels in the grass are lower at night.
Limiting turnout is not going to work at her current location.

She doesnt have access to a barn or anything.
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post #8 of 8 Old 09-14-2019, 01:46 AM
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Yeah she will probably be upset for a bit, as others have said, but... better than leaving her to suffer where she is.
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