Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Washington State
I definitely do not agree with the slow twist bit. I'd say that you should try to find something as close to the bit he had as possible. He's already going through enough changes without adding new bits to his worries. ^_^
As a personal thing, I usually spend the first month or so with a new horse doing some really chill things. "Bonding" if you will. In hand work is great, maybe some lunging or a few low key hacks. Definitely spend plenty of time grooming and doting on him (unless he gets really impatient in the crossties ;D). I like to make sure they're good and acclimated to their new surroundings and routine before I ask too much of them.