Ok so my horse is still relatively new at the new barn (2 weeks). However she has so many bite marks and bite wounds that I cannot even saddle her up. It looks to be 2 months needed to heal up all the wounds. And if she gets more that may be 3 months. I feel like my whole summer is wasted and depressed. There is no way I can put a saddle on her anytime soon even while buying expensive sprays and creams for her. They do help but every day or every other day she has new bites.
The bo is very experienced with horses and always assures me this is typical. Well i've never experienced anything with a new barn/herd to this extent. My horse also seems tired like she's been chased all morning long and then bitten once she's out of energy. I did see a horse(perhaps an endurance champ) chasing her around and round until she had no energy left and gave up.
Is it alright for the bo to always say that this is normal typical? I was looking forward to this summer but now it could be fall by the time I can ride my horse at the rate this is going.
I know but I feel bad because the bo has 40 years experience and I have 20 and she will most likely use that against me. But i've introduced so many horses into herd before that got bit and chased but not to this extent. This actually seems to be an aggresiveness problem not a typical newcomer senario.
I'd be outta there like a shot. No way is that normal and I own a low in the pecking order horse. When I moved him to pasture with a herd last fall, he got one wound from scraping himself on a fence post and zero bites. He was chased briefly the first day and virtually not at all the next. By the third, he was on allowed on the fringe of the herd.
I know but I feel bad because the bo has 40 years experience and I have 20 and she will most likely use that against me.
So what? I've met people with 40 years of experience with horses that I STILL wouldn't trust near a horse. Experience can be good or bad, and in this case, obviously something isn't working out. Your poor horse is obviously not fitting in with the herd, and it's up to you, her owner, to make it right.
Ok what should I do during 30 days notice? It might take me 3 weeksto find an ideal barn. I can't move immediately as there is 30 days notice and most barns have a waiting list and want you to move in first of the month, etc, etc. Plus I have to find another barn which is hard. There's nothing too ideal in my area.
Oh I meant she might have a lil argument about me having way less experience in years than she has with horses.
I would move my horse asap. Your horse is too tired to run away from his pasture bully so he gets bitten. Bites/kicks are a part of going to a new barn, but you arent able to ride for months because they are so bad? Thats not normal.
If you cant move, ask about a private paddock, or for your horse to have day turnout while the others have night turnout.
up the hill from the little river (that floods alarmingly often)
If you can't get in at a regular boarding barn for a few months, ask your vet and farrier if either of them know of a client with a private farm who would be willing to take a temporary boarder. If you've got a few months for these bites to heal anyway, you won't be riding, so you don't need a ring for now. You just need somewhere safe for your horse with decent care.