Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
Some horses do get spooky and act stupid when moved to a new home. They have been taken away from familiar surroundings and have to figure out where their safe zone is. Since he's been a trail horse, he should be just fine because that happens most times you trail ride. You go to a new place to ride.
He may do some calling out to his lost mate but having others there will help.
Just from my experience, I've seen horses that were taken to a completely new place and act better than in familiar surroundings. After I started Ghost, we took him on vacation to a national park. It was his first big ride. We had only rode in an arena and out on the roads so far. He did great. He actually rode like he was pretty well trained. When we got back home and rode, he acted like a green horse does.
Just a fair warning, especially for a novice and a first horse. Once he does settle and is comfortable in his new place, he WILL test you. It could be a week or two or it could be a month or so. This is why you should have a trainer helping you. You'll need to know how to correct him. Almost all horses will do it. It's part of them figuring out where they are in the herd pecking order. If you don't correct him, he will assume a spot higher than you and you'll get more problems. I'm not trying to scare or worry you but let you know that there is a lot to learn about owning them, not just how to ride.
When you move him, it sounds like he will be stalled, correct? He may not be too bad if he is handled by experienced people on a daily basis.
Anyway, good luck. He does sound like a great horse. I wouldn't worry too much about. He'll probably do great for you.
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