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    Default You can only do your best!

    We have lots of lovely snow - after spending a lot of the weekend in, when sun came out yesterday I chucked them out. With one dominant mare (especially grumpy if hungry), I'm careful about offering plenty of hay but dotted around the field. So why, both mornings, is my little charity mare stood looking forlorn, next to my other two tucking into the hay hutch (which they won't allow her near to)?! Just find the next stack - it's exactly the same!! Even worse, how does that end up making me feel guilty!?!

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    Default Re: You can only do your best!

    lol i know exactly how you feel. My boy is bottom of the three gelding herd, and he will stand watching the other two nibble the same net, even when there is two other full nets right behind him ! I chased the two off once and he dove into the net like he was starving and i was like wtf sort of animal do i have? Hes definitely not a survivor

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    Default Re: You can only do your best!

    Ha that is my Faye! Maybe we should get them together and they could be bottom of the pile together!

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    Default Re: You can only do your best!

    And then you have my weird animal who thinks that eating a pile of hay is only any fun if you have to steal it off someone first...

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    Default Re: You can only do your best!

    Or how about you feel sorry for horse as snow is thick and frozen so must be hungry as hard to get at grass, of which there isn’t much in it anymore. Snow lying for 2 days and not showing signs of shifting.
    So you go to the bother of rolling out the big bale of Haylage and opening it up for him and the donkeys. Nice fresh bale, can get at it easily and is come as you please.

    Horse ignores bale and goes off eating the snow. Donkeys having a great time pigging out on the hay instead.
    Smile and enjoy today, you never know what tomorrow brings!

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    Default Re: You can only do your best!

    Quote Originally Posted by Boulty View Post
    And then you have my weird animal who thinks that eating a pile of hay is only any fun if you have to steal it off someone first...
    I have one of those too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by only_me View Post
    Or how about you feel sorry for horse as snow is thick and frozen so must be hungry as hard to get at grass, of which there isn’t much in it anymore. Snow lying for 2 days and not showing signs of shifting.
    So you go to the bother of rolling out the big bale of Haylage and opening it up for him and the donkeys. Nice fresh bale, can get at it easily and is come as you please.

    Horse ignores bale and goes off eating the snow. Donkeys having a great time pigging out on the hay instead.
    😂 yeeeep I hear ya

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    Default Re: You can only do your best!

    I keep a mare and gelding together. The mare is very chilled and low in the pecking order (in previous home as well) and my gelding is a complete wind up merchant and is always pestering her and if she just bloody booted him once he would leave her alone but she doesnt, she just accepts it .. It drives me nuts!!
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    Herd pecking order is such an interesting thing! My boy is at least a hand bigger than everything in his field but still gets moved around by all except one who he sticks too like glue. Although he is only 4... Keep telling myself socialisation is good for him and he'll stick up for himself eventually.

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