This Saturday I am moving Sam to a new barn. Instead of pasture 24x7, he will be stalled with scheduled turnout to a grassy lot. He will be turned out with the other boarders, there will be 4 horses in total. The stall is generously sized, but he is in a barn by himself. The first barn holds three horses and it is full. So he will be in the next barn by himself.
He travels well. We camp once a month where he is kept in a 12x12 stall with no problems. He has never given me problems or acted out as a result of moving from his "home" to the campground.
In the current herd he is with in the pasture, he is probably close to the bottom of the herd and spends equal amounts of time grazing by his himself and grazing / standing with the herd.
I've never had a problem with buddy separation or sour behavior.
Based on this, what should I expect when I move him on Saturday? No worries Mom, this is cool. Or, WTH!!!!
My plan is to unload him and immediately do some ground work then a very vigorous riding session to work his energy off followed by a nice grooming session and put him up for the night. Come back earlyish on Sunday for another session and then introduce him to the other boarders.
Am I approaching this correctly?