Hello, all: We have adopted a neighbor's horse and mule since she could no longer care for them. They have been outside for five years, with only a run-in shed that turns into a mud-bog all winter. Husband and I built two very nice stalls in our old dairy barn and are finally ready (after months of work!) to let them in.
My question for all you experts (we're new at this) is how best to introduce them to their new digs. We are considering just opening the gate and letting them explore at their own comfort level - letting them see us bring hay into each stall but otherwise leave them be. They are friendly and inquisitive and like to be where we are. We do have the mats down but no bedding - they won't be kept in for any length of time at this point.
So - does this sound like a good plan? And is there any danger to letting them both wander in to a wide aisle with two 12x12 stalls?
Thanks for any advice!