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post #1 of 4 Old 05-04-2008, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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Moving to a new barn

Hi, I am new to the forum. I'm hoping to get some advice on moving my horse to a new barn- one that is not entirely different, but different enough so that I'm worried about his transition. He is a 17 year-old Appendix Quarter horse, very level-headed, very gentle, and has little to no problem with doing things on his own (without other horses). His current situation is a small, four stall barn with a community pasture. He usually resides in an outside gravel paddock, and is turned out to graze every few days by himself. He is a bossy guy with other horses. At the new barn, he will be stalled with access to a small outside area, and turned out with other horses (once he finds some friends) every day, weather permitting. He will have more horses around him when he is in his stall, and have new people feeding him, and I'm concerned about him being stressed...I've owned him for not even a year, and even though I've ridden horses for over 18 years, he is my very first horse and I want him to be happy (as we all do) in this new place. Any suggestions on transitioning
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post #2 of 4 Old 05-05-2008, 02:03 PM
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If you can take some of the hay he's used to with you that would be great. Tummy upset can happen with different types of hay. This way you can instruct the people that feed to s.l.o.w.l.y introduce the new hay to him.

As for turn out, if it's in a big area that allows him or another horse to get away from the bossy one, they usually figure things out.

Other than feed changes, lots of visits by his person, whom I sure he just adores, will make the changes easier on him.
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post #3 of 4 Old 05-05-2008, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. I plan to bring some of his hay for the first couple weeks, and slowly mix it eased my mind. I'm sure he'll be okay.
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post #4 of 4 Old 05-05-2008, 09:26 PM
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G&K had alot of good ideas

It will take time for him to's like you moving to a new house all of a sudden on no notice to you.

At first I'm sure he'll check the place out, and might be a bit spooky.

Each horse will have their own adjustment friend's horse adjusted the first day and he was fine...where as my horse took 2.5 months to fully adjust. Best thing to do is let him adjust on his own.

He'll do fine...I'm sure since he is in his teens that he's had more than one owner before so he's probably used to the change.
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