My horse is a OTT TB he is 7 yrs old,
I just adopted him. Obviously we have a lot of stuff to do, eventually. Right
now he is in quarantine at his new stable, he has about a week left, and then
he will be out of "horsey prison." There is no where I can let him go
and run, play, roll, etc. Do you know a way I can get his mind off it and perhaps
calmdown a little.
I know he is in a new environment,
and he isn't around other horses yet but, he will be. I have a small area 20'x20'
that Ican walk him in, on a lead, because there is no fencing. But, because of
all his excess energy he is getting a little nutty. Lunging isn't areal option
because he has only done it a handful of times and there are rocks. His stall
is 16x10, I feel for him and I know he needs to run and play but he just can't
at the moment. Do you know how I can alleviate our problem a little?
isn't getting grain, just a grass/alfalfa mix of hay and some supplements (biotin,
and phsyllium) mixed with a wheat bran and water. At the rescue he was a lot calmer
and easy to handle, right now I feel a little overwhelmed. I visited with him
for about a month before deciding to go ahead and get him.
I just need to tuff it out? Or do you have any ideas? Thank you so much for your
Bethany in Las Vegas
Often horses in a rescue situation are calm
as they might be undernourished or parasite ridden or have some other cause that
makes them somewhat subdued. Once they are adopted and good care begins, the start
"feeling their oats" even if they are not actually being fed grain!
So yours is a typical scenario.
Here are some suggestions.
I know you might not be able to do all of these things since you are not in charge
of his quarantine facilities, but nonetheless here are some ideas given the limitations
First, feed him grass hay only. The alfalfa
is giving him extra energy which he doesn't need right now in 100% confinement.
double check that he isn't receiving any grain, and consider taking him off the
supplements and bran you indicate until you get him home.
a stall ball or a couple of plastic milk jugs over his stall for him to play with
- hang them high enough so that he can just bat them around with his muzzle but
not really be able to grab onto them.
Only walk him
for exercise if you feel confident doing so. It sounds like he is getting to be
a handful, so perhaps in this regard, you should just hold off and as you say
"tough it out" for a few more days.
in the meantime, do take him out so you can give him a thorough grooming since
he can't roll or interact with other horses.
you found something helpful in this answer but feel free to write again with more
questions or to let me know how you are making out with him.