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post #1 of 19 Old 07-27-2012, 07:12 AM Thread Starter
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Bringing a new horse home

Hi everyone,

I'm new here so sorry if this is in the wrong place. I'm likely buying my first horse soon (very exciting!) and I am looking for some advice about what to do when bringing him home (at least, to the agistment place) for the first time. Obviously jumping on straight away is not a wise thing to do, but what should I do in his first days in his new place to help him settle in? How would I go about introducing him to other horses? And just any general advice you can offer... Of course, my instructor will be there, but the more opinions I can get beforehand the better, and the more confident I'll be that I can do the right thing for him (:

Thanks everyone :)

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post #2 of 19 Old 07-27-2012, 07:27 AM
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In my opinion you can just put him with the other horses that he will be with and they will sort out the pecking order within a few days. Once the pecking order has been made and your horse is used to the property then start easing him in to work. Hope all goes well for you and him!
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post #3 of 19 Old 07-27-2012, 07:36 AM Thread Starter
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Great, thanks for your suggestions :) Do you think I should spend much time with him or let him be for most of the time to get used to things? Nice to talk to someone else in Australia ^_^
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I like to give a new horse a few days with a fence between the new horse and the heard, just so they can settle in and get to know each other without the risk of the new horse having the cr*p beaten out of him :/ He can retreat and have his own space while he is feeling unsettled. Its also useful if the barn you are going to wants to quarintine the new horse for a week or so- some do.

As far as riding, give it 3 or for 4 days probably. See how he seems to be settling in. Its also important that in the first month or so you are extra vigialent about behaivoir, as this is when the horse will test you most to see if you are up to being his momma!

Congrats on the new horse- hes a real nice looking horse, and welcome to horsey ownership!
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post #5 of 19 Old 07-27-2012, 07:47 AM Thread Starter
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Ah yes, that makes sense (: I suppose the setup of the new place will determine whether or not we can do that, as unfortunately the place I ride at is full at the moment so we're still looking for a place to go for the time being.

I have not heard of anyone quarantining new horses in this area, although it would make sense if they did. (: We'll just have to talk to the barn owner when the time comes.

Thank you (: I am super excited ^_^ Technically he's a pony though, only 13.3 (: But yes, he is gorgeous :) His name is Yoshi
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post #6 of 19 Old 07-27-2012, 09:30 AM
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I ALWAYS put a new horse in a stall at least the first day or two, somewhere the rest of the horses can reach but you still have that fence between them. Then once the initial excitement wears off it will be alot less stressful to let the herd figure out the pecking order. I had a friend that just let a new horse with the herd the first day and they sent her thru a fence and she ended up 2 miles away before they found her. If only it he had waited a couple days I know it would have ended up better. You'll know...when I introduced my new mare it was only a day and I could tell the edge was off about the newcomer and let her out. With a horse I boarded it took a couple days. And I always made sure the other horses were in the field before I let the new horse out so no one got cornered anywhere. ALso grooming is a great bonding tool with a new horse...I did a few days of that before I even tried to ride my new mare. She had so much other stuff going on with the new horses, home etc..I just wanted to give her that adjustment period.
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I have ridden mine the day they arrive sometimes. I had one arrive she was saddled and taken out 15mins later to bring the cattle in.

Some horses sat for a day or two before I rode them.

I usually give them a few days in their own corral/paddock to meet the other horses over the fence.

When they are hauled to shows, they are expected to behave and be ridden without a few days to settle in, so why do they need that here.

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Some time spent grooming him every day would be well invested as you get to know each other. He's going to be there 24 hours a day...he'll have lots of time to settle in. Yoshi is an adorable pony! You look like the two of you are going to have great fun!

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In my opinion you can just put him with the other horses that he will be with and they will sort out the pecking order within a few days. Once the pecking order has been made and your horse is used to the property then start easing him in to work.
All horses are nervous when you bring in an outsider bc they like routine and don't know what their new position in the herd will be. It happens to people in businesses, too.
UNLESS your new horse is the obvious new herd leader you will probably have a new horse injury and a new Vet bill. Don't do this.
I have introduced many new horses to existing herds. They need to be separated by a fence for about 1-3 months, so that they can introduce themselves to each other. Then, they need to be handled and ridden and trailered together. When you see that they have established herd order, THEN you can test it by supervising the new horse turned out with ONE member of the herd at a time, preferably by starting in the enclosure with the new horse, then adding one of the herd at a time.
Only ONCE did I not have a horse fight when a new horse came into the herd first day. It was when I had made a temporary fence to "protect" my newly acquired 15yo horse, "Tyke" (toughest horse I have EVER met!) from the herd. He broke down the fence, took over, relegated the previous leader to an outsider, and let the old mare and the pony eat with him.
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post #10 of 19 Old 07-27-2012, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much for your replies everyone (: What you are saying makes good sense, and the last thing I want is for him to get injured, so I'll do my best to make sure everything goes smoothly. However one of the barns I have been looking at has just large paddocks of several acres and all the horses are kept in these. I don't think that keeping him in a paddock by himself next door would be a possibility at this barn. Has anyone got any ideas for integrating him into the herd in a situation like this?

Thank you, he is gorgeous (: I certainly can't wait to bring him home!
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