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post #1 of 18 Old 07-31-2012, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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Getting my very first horse on Thursday

Hi everyone!

I cannot tell you how excited I am to finally be able to say this: I am getting my first horse on Thursday!! Yipee!

I have dreamt of having a horse since I started riding 20 years ago but only now that I work full time do I have the opportunity to buy one for myself.

I'm really looking forward to getting to know you all and I hope you can all be patient with me as ask 101 questions a day until I know what I'm doing

Summer is a 6 year old chestnut mare and I have ridden her 5 times in a variety of circumstances. She is a good horse but seems a bit nervy from time to time. I think she possibly picks up on my nerves as I'm not overly confident in the stable or leading her. I'm ok riding her but I suppose I lack stable knowledge. Also my mum had an accident in a stable when she was younger which has always made me nervous when going towards the hind legs. Luckily the barn owner is very experienced and has said he will help me in my first few weeks until I get more confident.

So, I have taken Thursday off work to collect her (with the BO) - what should we do when we get her back to the stable? Will I spend the day with her? I ave read that I should wait at least a week to ride her. I'd be grateful for any first day tips and any confidence / stable management tips.

Thanks in advance for all your help!

Ash
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post #2 of 18 Old 07-31-2012, 05:13 PM
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How exciting! Welcome!

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post #3 of 18 Old 07-31-2012, 05:19 PM
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Congrats on the new family member!

I'd say just spend the day with her. Let her loose in a field and sit with her. Bring out some treats too :) She'll get to know her new surroundings, and you'll get to drink in every ounce of horse ownership and bond with her a little :)

best of luck with your new baby! :)
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post #4 of 18 Old 07-31-2012, 06:57 PM
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Welcome and congrats! After I got my first horse Shaggy I spent half the afternoon grooming and hanging him lol! I never heard of waiting a week to ride though. I rode shaggy the next day. It wasn't a long ride just a little get to know each other ride lol

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oh and Pictures are a must now! lol

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post #6 of 18 Old 07-31-2012, 08:28 PM
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I'd spend a day with it.
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post #7 of 18 Old 07-31-2012, 08:33 PM
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Spend the day - why not? You already have it off! Bring some carrots and if you have some brushes get those together. Groom your new friend and lead her around. If there's an indoor arena, take her for a walk there. If you feel comfortable enough, walk her around the property a little bit, around any riding arenas and paths. When you cut her loose in her pasture, stay there for a little bit and watch her, encourage her to come over and say hi. Have fun!!!

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I have never waited to ride a horse. I would treat them like it is just another day. Treat her like you expect her to behave there isn't any reason to treat her differently. Now would I go galavanting off? Probably not but I would work her in an arena of some sort. Oh and I never give a horse treats. You are there leader not there buddy. Treats will lead to disrespect in a hurry especially if you are not confident.
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churumbeque- it is possible to be the horses leader and buddy ya know. I give my boys treats and neither of them disrespect me.

AshleyStar- give your new BUDDY some treats, groom her, and like some else said walk her around the property. Hang out for awhile after you turn out in the pasture and most of all enjoy your new friend.

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churumbeque- it is possible to be the horses leader and buddy ya know. I give my boys treats and neither of them disrespect me.

AshleyStar- give your new BUDDY some treats, groom her, and like some else said walk her around the property. Hang out for awhile after you turn out in the pasture and most of all enjoy your new friend.

Definitely agree here. When I first brought my mare home I gave her treats and spent time with her so we could bond, I wanted her to know who I was and wanted her to feel comfortable around me and her new home as well... afterall they do the things they do for us expecting food because in the end thats what they really care about. Now she gets her treats after she has been good they are a reward for her work and good behavior and if I am just going out to visit her sometimes I bring carrots or apples but not on a regular basis.

Id say walking her around the property is a must.. its good for them to know their surroundings. I always do that anytime I have moved Lady and I noticed that as she walks around she starts calming down, they do get a bit nervous usually unless they are around the same horses (or atleast thats what ive noticed with lady). As far as riding, you should do what you feel comfortable with but I wouldnt wait to long try and keep her in the swing of things, and dont show her any fear shell take advantage of that like crazy. Goodluck and congrats.. cant wait to see pics!
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