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  • Barn stressed horse
  • Moved to a new barn and my horse won't calm down!

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    03-07-2011, 12:40 AM

The barn that my horse was boarded at collapsed recently with all the horses in it. None of the horses were hurt, but they all had to be moved that day. I moved my horse to a new boarding barn. They are very good to him at this barn, and all the horses were at his previous barn, but he seems very stressed. He use to be the calmest horse around, and now he gets spooked at every little noise, and he is very jumpy. He even bucked me off, which he has never bucked before.
Any ideas on how to help him calm down? You think the barn collapsing has anything to do with his behavior? Will he ever return to his old self? It has been a little over a month since the incident.
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    03-07-2011, 07:37 AM
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Oh I would guarantee he now is fearful and stressed after that happening. That can be quite traumatic. Just go slow with him and reassure him that his new environment won't come crashing down on him. This would be comparable to us getting into a car crash. Any thing could trigger a unwanted response so just give him time and reassurance. Good luck.
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