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Lilliput

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Lilliput says:

HELP! How can I help my mare to cope with a night alone tonight?

My horse shares a field with another horse and she has never been alone.  The other horse is going away this evening for 24 hours to be in a show.  What can I do to help my horse cope?  Should I put her in the stable or leave her in the field? Should I pack up my sleeping bag and spend the night with her?  Help please!

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: HELP! How can I help my mare to cope with a night alone tonight?

What's her usual routine? If she normally stays out, then I'd leave her out, if she's stabled at night, then stable her, so that at least she knows that some things do stay the same.

Would you be able to get out shopping today and buy a calmer? If so then that will probably help, or try to contact your vet if you think she'll be really freaked out.

The other thing would be to ask someone with a horse she knows if you could maybe 'borrow' them for a day as a companion.

It may be a lovely night for camping out but you'd get very little sleep, lol !! Also if you're a bit nervous of her reactions, she may well sense what you're feeling and therefore be even more stressed about about being left on her own.

Can't think of anything else, but I hope she'll be ok - she may surprise you and be not bothered at all.

 

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KTloveshorses

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Re: HELP! How can I help my mare to cope with a night alone tonight?

Yeah I would keep her in her usual routine, but also maybe think about a calmer. I have used the shot ones from NAF, I found them very helpful they really worked for my mare who is known to get quite anxious when on her own. Another thing I do with her is take her out on her own quite regularly and I sometimes put her in the field on her own for a day or two just so that she gets to know that she will be okay, however this may take some time as they are naturally herd animals.

Hope this helps

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Lilliput

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Lilliput says:

Re: HELP! How can I help my mare to cope with a night alone tonight?

Thanks for your thoughts, I will keep her out tonight as that is what she is used to and there are other horses in nearby fields.  I read this too late to go and buy a calmer, but next time I will.  I had not thought of that.  Unfortunately I don't know anyone well enough to borrow a horse, although it had crossed my mind and I think next time, with more warning, I might speak to the riding stables or something.  My plan is to take her for  a hack now, then settle her down with her tea and then return to the field at first light.  I might pop down before I go to bed too, but not sure if this will seem strange to her?

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Lilliput

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Lilliput says:

Re: HELP! How can I help my mare to cope with a night alone tonight?

Have just rung local feed store, but they don't stock calmers.  So wish I'd checked your messages earlier on!

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: HELP! How can I help my mare to cope with a night alone tonight?

I always carry sedalin or 200C Aconite which does do the job but as you know things happen when the shops are closed, at the yard I am at known for my range of lotions and potions told as much as in a chemist. 

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oldmare

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oldmare says:

Re: HELP! How can I help my mare to cope with a night alone tonight?

mine is on her own in a small field adjacent to the stable yard as our grass is so thick and she's prone to laminitis so can't risk her yet in the field where her herd is.  she's  not stressed at all.   your probably worrying more than she is and you'll find when you go to her tomorrow she's been fine.

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: HELP! How can I help my mare to cope with a night alone tonight?

Hope she was ok last night and wasn't too upset - let us know how it went, please :o)

The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man - Winston Churchill

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Lilliput

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Lilliput says:

Re: HELP! How can I help my mare to cope with a night alone tonight?

Thanks for everyone's help yesterday.  Would have replied earlier today, but internet was not playing ball.  It was an eventful night!  I went down at midnight to see how things were and it was raining really heavily, which I'm sure didn't help, but me going down with a headtorch was clearly not a good idea and Lilli got really upset and charged through the electric rope that divides the field (I had switched it off on my arrival).  At this point I was really anxious, wondering what was best to do.  In the end I decided to make sure that the field and gate were a secure as possible and leave well alone....

This was the right thing to do, as when I returned at 5am (this time having the sense to make sure she couldn't actually see me) she was happily munching.  I returned again at 9am and we went for a short, quiet hack.  Lilli was subdued I would say and worn out and above all really really hungry!  She seemed to enjoy the diversion though and returned to the field peacefully.  I'm going to see her again in a little while, by which time her friend should be back. 

I am going to get some remedies to add to my first aid kit, so the next time this happens I will be better prepared.  Also, if I feel I must go and check on her in the middle of the night, I will make sure she doesn't see me!  Thanks again to everyone.

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