Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
I have a regular routine that I use with a new horse. The first thing I do is walk the perimeter of the paddock (I don't turn him out to pasture until day 2 or 3) with him and then up to the water tank. I give him hay but no grain on the first day. The second day I spend as much time just being in the paddock and allow him to come up to me. I'll groom him and, if he is settling in, I'll halter and hand walk him to let him graze (outside the paddock). On day 3 and 4 I'll saddle him and have him on a long lead (no bridle) and walk him all over the farm as I go about my business - much like I was walking a dog. By the 4th or 5th day, I will ride him but not work him hard yet. By the end of the first week I'll start his riding routine.
My timing on all of the above depends on the horse. Some horses take 2 weeks or longer to settle in and begin to trust me, while some only take a few days to begin that trust.
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Last edited by iridehorses; 07-17-2009 at 08:30 AM.