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post #1 of 14 Old 03-16-2013, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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How long to wait after arrival to start riding

Hi, sorry this is my very first time posting so if I am doing something wrong lemme know.

How long should a person wait before riding a new horse? I have heard some say to give them a week to settle in, others say 3 days, and recently people have been telling me you can ride them the day they arrive, right off the trailer. What's your opinion?
I just got my new horse delivered yesterday and I think I am going to start taking him for walks over the next couple of days, then a few days of ground work in the arena then may start riding next week. Does this seem suitable to you?
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post #2 of 14 Old 03-16-2013, 05:45 PM
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IMHO I think it really depends on the horse. If it was me, I wouldn't get on a new horse right off the trailer. When I got my gelding it was a few days after I bought him, and the same when I moved barns. My mare was a little different when I got her because she was barely broke. I'd start with your in hand work and see how relaxed the horse is first.

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post #3 of 14 Old 03-16-2013, 05:52 PM
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If hauled a long way, such as days, I'd give em a day or two rest. If only a few hours, lets ride! I don't see how moving barns, switching owners is any different then going to a show. I know there are exceptions, but a good healthy ridin horse should be rideable straight away.
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post #4 of 14 Old 03-16-2013, 07:08 PM
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Hi guys, this is my first post on this forum. It looks cool! :) So what I usually do, is when a new horse comes in, I leave him/her for a day to let him/her get used to it's new surroundings, and just have time to settle in and rest, so he/she will be ready the next day.
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post #5 of 14 Old 03-16-2013, 07:38 PM
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not so much worrying about horse, I am worrying about me. I like to get to know this 1000 lb animal before I climb on board. I pretty much do just like the OP, bit of getting to know, do some lead line walks, bit of ground work. Then I very politely ask them not to kill me. The climb on up. Afterwards I remember to thank them for their lack of homicidal tendencies.
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Joe, you are on a roll today!!!!!!! Hahaha!
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post #7 of 14 Old 03-16-2013, 09:07 PM
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Well, my daughter-in-law tried to ride Cowboy the morning after he arrived. She ended up stopping his bolt by running him into a fence. She asked me to try. This was taken part way thru the 10 minutes it took to convince him that stop meant, at a minimum, slow way down...


Fast forward 16 months. Cowboy hadn't been ridden in 3 months. My wife hasn't ridden in 6 months. My daughter & I were taking Trooper and Mia out for a short ride in the desert, and my wife wanted to ride along with us. That probably wasn't a good combination...but Cowboy walked alongside Mia like a perfect gentleman.

Sometimes it takes a horse a little while to settle in. Mia spent her first 4 months with us getting colic, and breaking into a heavy, foamy sweat just standing in the corral. Other horses can be ridden the first day, with less depressing results than Cowboy's...

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post #8 of 14 Old 03-16-2013, 09:41 PM
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What's the hurry? Get to know him. You and he will both know when it's time to ride. I've had a horse that I rode the afternoon he arrived, and another where I waited a couple of weeks. Listen to the signals your horse gives you. You'll know.
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post #9 of 14 Old 03-16-2013, 09:46 PM
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You know what, that's a really good idea. Spend time with your horse and get to know him! :)
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post #10 of 14 Old 03-16-2013, 09:55 PM
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I totally agree, I usually wait a week. Spend time with him/her and get to know them and get them to trust you. The last thing you want to do it start off on a bad foot...
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What's the hurry? Get to know him. You and he will both know when it's time to ride. I've had a horse that I rode the afternoon he arrived, and another where I waited a couple of weeks. Listen to the signals your horse gives you. You'll know.


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