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        07-16-2009, 09:44 PM
    My new horse!!!!!!

    Hey guys,

    Some of you may know I have been looking for a horse (my first horse) for quite a while now (about 6 months). Well after looking at probably 20 horses I finally found the right one!!!!!! Yay! I'm so excited!. She is an 11 yo QHx mare. She stands at 15.2hh. She is an absolute sweetheart! Very quiet and forgiving on the ground (today she had a chiropractor out just to check on a sore spot she had and she was perfect!) and to ride she is quiet but VERY responsive and resonably forward moving. I will use her for prelim and novice dressage, trail riding and a small amount of jumping. I know she needs a bit of weight and some muscle (lots of trot work). Anyway I only have one photo at the moment (from her ad) but will get some this afternoon when I go to pick her up and put them up tomorrow. Any tips for helping a horse to settle in to it's new home? Any ideas for names so far I have come up with Belle or Bonita (Bonnie for short).
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        07-16-2009, 11:14 PM
    Congrats!! Nice looking girl.
        07-17-2009, 06:08 AM
    ThaT's awesome! Congrats! She's good lookin and with a little bit of butt muscle she'd look great. Bonita is a very pretty name! =]
        07-17-2009, 07:12 AM
    Congrats! I would say to get her to settle in just don't rush anything but spend lots of time with her. Is she going to be in a pasture with others? I would say just gradually introduce her into everything and take it slow riding wise.... she may be fine regardless but that will rule out any issues.

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        07-17-2009, 07:28 AM
    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.
        07-17-2009, 05:43 PM
    I am soooo happy with her. I have decided to call her Lena because Bonnie or Belle just didn't suit her. She is SO laid back! There are 13 other horses on the property I am agisting at and she didn't even whinny once. I took her for a bit of a walk around once we got her off the float and let her have a bit of a munch on the grass (she is a food addict haha). She just looked around a bit then went right on eating.

    I took her for a walk around the perimeter of her paddock and then turned her loose to get to know her new paddock buddy (who was in the paddock next door for now) and she barely even cared, sniffed and went back to eating lol. The poor other pony was really interested in her but Lena just ignored her the whole time. Then I brushed her a little and put her evening rug on (it's winter here). Today I will go out and give her a really good grooming and spend time with her and maybe walk her around the property some more. Here are a few pics from yesterday, not many good ones because I was just spending time getting to know her. Straight after the first photo she stuck her nose on the fence and got zapped! It was quite funny lol.
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        07-17-2009, 05:43 PM
    I will get some photos without her rug today when I groom her.
        07-18-2009, 12:49 PM
    She's a cutie for sure! Good luck with her!
        07-18-2009, 01:29 PM
    Green Broke
    Aww she's soo cute!
        07-18-2009, 01:40 PM
    I really like her! Congrats on your new horse!

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