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        01-26-2011, 08:48 PM
    How long should I give her for settling in?

    My new horse arrives tonight! VERY excited. But I'm wondering, how long should I give her to settle in before riding? She's 12, and was used at a dude ranch all summer, so I think she might be a little more laid back about crazy new things than some other whippersnappers who hadn't done that.
    I don't have a round pen to lunge her in (and frankly, I don't know if in her life anyone ever has lunged her, so I don't know if she even really knows how. If anyone has any tips/advice for getting a horse started on lunging that would be much appreciated).
    I was thinking for the first ride to haul her to the arena a 20 minute drive from the house, and walk and trot and just get to know her better. I'm not a huge trail riding fan here (scary plastic bads, urban trails, bicycles and yappy dogs abound), and I intend mostly to work with her in an arena.
    I do intend to camp out in her pen tomorrow with a lawn chair, and talk to her and do my homework out there. Did I mention I'm excited
    How long should I wait for her to settle before riding her? Three days? A week? 2 weeks? Thanks!

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