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    08-31-2012, 05:31 AM
New horse coming to the tropics!

Thanks everyone who had a look at my potential new horse on the conformation thread!
Today he passed his Vet Check with flying colours so I bought him!

Now he is coming on a very long journey to get to Darwin. I have rung around till I found a good transporter.They cost a bit more but will stop every six-eight hours or so and unload for 3 hrs and they have one whole overnight stop unloaded.
My concern is that he's coming from a fairly cool climate into the tropics, its hot and sticky here. Is there any way to help him adjust once he gets here? Electrolytes? Or hose him down in the hottest part of the day? He will have a nice shady paddock. They sweat a lot in this weather so maybe salt in his food as well as his salt lick?

Im planning to put him separate from my TB at first to see how they like each other. (TB is scared of other horses!) The paddocks are not adjoining but they can see each other. I figure I'll give them a week or two then put them in adjoining paddocks and finally if that goes well they can go in together. Does that sound like a reasonable plan?

I've got a list of what he has been eating so I can start him off on the same thing.

Is there anything else Im forgetting?

I didnt get to do any preparation for my TB. It was just "Take that horse now or we're going to shoot it!" so he just got potluck!

Any advice is appreciated!
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    09-01-2012, 12:36 AM
Where'd you get him from? We recently had a big warmblood come from south Victoria up to Canberra (you know us and our ether freezing cold or boiling hot weather) she has adapted well with the climate change. If he starts sweating quite a bit jugs in his paddock hose him off. They way your helping him settle in sounds just fine to me. Good luck with him and I hope he has a quick and safe trip.
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    09-02-2012, 03:18 AM
He's from Sydney. He's got his winter coat on. And just this last week it has gone really humid in Darwin, even us locals are feeling it.

He'll be here Wednesday. Im just worried he could actually get sick, like get heatstroke or something, Im going to stay home from work for a few days and just hose him down....

Thanks for kind thoughts, Im going to be worried till he gets here safe and sound.

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