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Hi all, i may be jumping the gun here (I have only had him a ...
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    Unhappy Help, my new horse wont stop pacing the fence line? NOW WITH PICS

    Hi all, i may be jumping the gun here (I have only had him a day and a half). He is eating, drinking and his stools are not sloppy (sign of nerves, un-settled) yet he is pacing the fence line is his new paddock. Most horses in around his new home are in their own paddocks too, and he likes having a good look, but is pacing one side of his paddock quite alot (when i am there he will leave it and eat or watch me).

    His previous owner said he has done this before. I guess what i am asking is what else i can do to let him settle more? he eats his hard feed but hasn't touched much of his hay as his paddock is huge and has decent grass (not overly green don't worry )

    Any tips? I've been checking him regulary etc, he's a beautiful chap i just want him to be a happy one.



    Keenly await your replies
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    Give him time to settle in...as you stated if has only been a day and a half.

    He will be curious as to what the other horses are doing...horses are herd animals and like company...maybe if you are worried about him, you could put another horse in with him for company...just make sure they get on.

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    We had a pony once that could not be kept on his own. If you tried to do so your feed bill tripled because he would not stop pacing the line.

    If he doesn't settle down get him a companion. They are after all herd animals and don't choose to be seperated completely from others.
    "If your brain was elastic you wouldn't have enough to make a garter for a canary" (Prisoner, an Aussie tv show)

    "It's probably the worst idea since Hitler's dad said to Hitler's mum 'come up stairs Brunhilda-I'm feeling saucy tonight!'"

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    Thankyou. Yeah i am aware of that He is my first horse, his owner offered for me to take her old pony as well but I was a little unsure of whether i would be able to look after two straight off. I will see how he goes the next couple of days?

    Is there anything you could suggest I do? I'm going to go back up in a little while and give him a big brush and groom.

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    Maybe try to supplement him with some vit B complex...I use a nice B complex on my ottb & it seems to help some of her anxieties.
    She is simialr in that she hates being alone but doesnt get along with alot of horses.

    Hope he settles some for you, its very stressful to see them that way.

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    My boy does this when he is nervous, it will stop He just needs time to settle into his new surroundings.

    Here's proof that you're not the only one with an anxious horse lol

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxomCymJvGQ"]YouTube - Havin fun![/ame]
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    My boy does this when he is nervous, it will stop He just needs time to settle into his new surroundings.

    Here's proof that you're not the only one with an anxious horse lol
    At least yours notices the grass lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by shenanigans View Post
    At least yours notices the grass lol
    He always has his eye on the grass lol Like he doesn't eat enough He actually once was running with me and left me for grass. Completely ducked out for some food, I see where his priorities lie lmao
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    Meet the reason I just bought a third horse:

    [ame="http://youtube.com/watch?v=2WmgxZyb36Y"]YouTube - Porscha pacing[/ame]

    I can NOT keep her alone, but she cannot be with Kandee because she steals Kandee's food and Kandee is a hard hard keeper.

    *sigh* even if Kandee is in SIGHT, Porscha won't stop. So, I bought her a friend to stick in with her.

    Goats make good companions.



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    Thanks for all your replys everyone. Very much appreciated. Yeah, it really upsets me seeing him like that I feel like a bad owner.

    I know this is just a real rough guide, but how long do you think it will take for him to stop?? He's working himself up into a sweat, when i went up to feed and rug him, he was sweaty

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