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post #1 of 5 Old 09-17-2012, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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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.

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post #2 of 5 Old 09-17-2012, 07:28 PM
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I would slowly introduce him to the pasture so that he doesnt colic if in fact he has been kept in a stall most the time or not been able to graze on rich grass.

For feeding time you could try and leave them out just spread the feed( if hay into mamy piles if grain on seperate ends) if one or the other starts getting bossy and not allowing the other to eat start putting them in the stalls.

Jolly balls are nice but some horses dont enjoy them. So you could get one to see if they will even play with it before spending money on two that will just rot away in the field.

I would lut the new guy in his stall and allow them to meet that way first for a day or two then let him out. Stay to watch and make sure nothing happens but i would not suggest going in as they will most likely be hauling booty around and won't be looking out for you.
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post #3 of 5 Old 09-17-2012, 07:33 PM
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Ideally I think the best thing is to let them meet over a fence or something (nose to nose) and when they're used to each other put them in together.

Chances are there will be conflict that can last for some days. I don't think you should interfere except for extreme circumstances. There will be biting and kicking but thats normal and you have to let them sort it out.

You can feed them separately, or you could put out feed that is spread out so they can both eat, but they will swap feeds etc, so if either needs a specialised feed it would be worth taking them out.
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I don't think I can do the fence thing because the pastures to the sides of him are all taken and full and also have horses (not mine, it's a boarding facility). Also, about keeping the new one in his stall at fir, would it be okay that the other one has access to it? Their 'stalls' are more like a small run in in the pasture with two stalls. They seem like normal stalls in the inside and a half door you can close. But the other horse would be able to stick his head over and bite him or something.

I will definitely spread out the feed! Thank you both.

And how do I slowly introduce him to the grass? How long does it take and what exactly do I have to do?
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post #5 of 5 Old 09-17-2012, 07:50 PM
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Bring him out for short periods like 10-20 mins at first then gradually increase it.
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