Getting new horse next week! Tips?
Hi! I asked you all about help for my current horse who we are currently still planning on selling. However, I have gotten a lot more comfortable and walked around the pasture with him the other day and he was very good. I don't really want to discuss him much here though, other than relevantish questions.
Anyway! I'm hopefully getting my new horse either later this week or next week and I want everything to go smoothly. They will be sharing a field together and I would like tips on introducing them and making everything go smoothly. Do I just lead him in there and turn him loose? Do I go in there with them? Do I do something else? Should I stay and watch, and what should I do if any problems arise?
Also, how does every feel about jolly balls? I wanted to get one for them to play with, but I didn't know if that was a good idea or not. Should I get one for each or will they share them? Any other good toys or things you guys could recommend to help keep them happy or entertain them?
And what do I do about feeding time? Do I put them each in their stalls and close the stall door? Can I leave them out in the open? If so, how do I keep them away from each other's food? For the record, he's at a boarding place and, while he isn't currently in the pen with another horse (the girl who owned his pasture made sold him), he he has horses on the sides that he can see and interact with. They frequently stick their heads over the fence and play with each other.
I'm so excited though! The horse I'm hopefully getting is a twelve year old, well broke arabian with lots trail experience. And he has the kindest eyes! I can show you guys pictures if anyone wants :)
Editing to add: I have a feeling that the new horse has been kept in a stall most of the time (and I will ask to make sure), would this be a big adjustment for him? He'd be turned out in a grassy field with access to stalls whenever he wants.
Last edited by nyaps; 09-17-2012 at 08:09 PM.