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post #1 of 28 Old 07-19-2012, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Any tips or advice for a first time boarder?

In exactly 13 days I'll be moving Arrow to his new barn! I'm so excited! It's run by super supportive friendly people and the facilities are awesome. I'm planning my move and had a few questions.
Would it be a smart idea to put my initials on my brushes, just in case? They have a shared tack and feed room and it's not because I think anyone's going to steal my stuff, it's more in case of honest mix ups.
I plan on leading Arrow around the property to give him a little tour and so he can look around, but afterwards do you think I should turn him out in his paddock for a while or keep him in his stall? We'll be hauling him over in the evening.
How long should I let him settle in before I ride him? (He currently is recovering from an abcess and he's not being worked, so he may be just a little teeny tiny bit fresh)
Any other tips or advice for a first time boarder?

I mainly just posted this because I am so happy that I'm exploding on the inside.
I'll be doing self care board, and I now have access to a huge arena, even more huge outdoor arena, gaming/trail class equipment, and a 1/2 mile track. My easily bored boy will never be bored again.

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post #2 of 28 Old 07-19-2012, 06:48 PM
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It seems like such a nice place! Writing initials is a good idea. I think you should leave him out until turn out time so he gets right into a new routine. I would wait at least five days before you ride. I moved to an amazing barn on Sunday and rode Vanna for the first time today. Her and Griffin are turned out into a herd of three and there's three other horses in separate pastures. They're adjusting easily and like this barn much better! They just don't like how there's more flies and less shade. But they still like it. I hope your horse loves his new barn!
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post #3 of 28 Old 07-19-2012, 06:55 PM
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When I purchased my horse and he was moved to my barn, I rode him that same day. I figured that would give me a good idea of how what I could expect at haul-in shows.

I don't think there's any particular reason you need to wait to ride your horse, unless being out of work + being in a new place might be a dangerous combination for him. In that case I'd recommend lunging him first
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post #4 of 28 Old 07-19-2012, 06:55 PM
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As for riding - ride ASAP. May as well - why wait? We expect horses to go to a show venue and be good on the same day! I rode my boy within an hour of him being brought over to my (then) barn when I bought him, and same when I moved him to his current barn.
Put you initials on everything!! I have little bridle tags on everything leather or valuable that I can't write on, too...
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post #5 of 28 Old 07-19-2012, 07:02 PM
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Very exciting!

For your brushes, I write my horses name on my fly spray and treats that won't fit in my tote. I would suggest buying a small tack trunk. Or if you can't afford one, go to a store and pick up a plain plastic storage tote with a lid. That's what I use to put my stuff in, then just label my name on top.
It's also a good idea to put his name on the inside of his halter. Halters and fly spray disappear like crazy at boarding barns.

About adjusting him in.
I would not suggest "showing him around" right away. My guy is a nervous wreck in new situations, so I don't have that luxury anyways. I'd wait till the next day to show him around.


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Thank you all! I think i'll turn him out and let him get all his "Look at me!!!! I'm a new horse! HEY LADIES!" prancing and hijinks out and then ride him the next morning or maybe even later that evening.

JustDressageIt: oh, the bridle tags sound like a great idea!

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About adjusting him in.
I would not suggest "showing him around" right away. My guy is a nervous wreck in new situations, so I don't have that luxury anyways. I'd wait till the next day to show him around.
I've done it at show grounds and it's worked well for him. He's curious and settles better when he can see what's going on.

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Thank you all! I think i'll turn him out and let him get all his "Look at me!!!! I'm a new horse! HEY LADIES!" prancing and hijinks out and then ride him the next morning or maybe even later that evening.
If showing him around works for you, then stick with it.

I moved my guy to a new stable Sunday. I'm waiting until tomorrow morning to ride him. But I suppose every horse, and horse owner is different.


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Keep track of your stuff. Let him get to know the herd first is my recommendation. Walk him around and then turn him out. If you turn him out and then go to grab him, he's going to be a goofball most likely!

Ride whenever but finish before dinner so when that time comes, they can figure out their pecking order.

Label your stuff, especially rakes and things that people may be inclined to use... they will get broken otherwise.

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post #10 of 28 Old 07-20-2012, 08:15 AM
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Label your stuff! Also, watch your flyspray and see if the bottle starts getting drastically lighter. If it does you are probably better to bring it home every day. I used my fly spray 2 or 3 times. The next time I used it it was over half gone. Needless to say I don't leave my fly spray at the barn anymore!
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