I don't think I ever really posted what has happened lately, so here it is.
About a month ago, we went to go look at a 15 y/o qh mare for sale named Rosie. Not only was she used extensively on trails (which is what I want her for, trail riding), but she was also a lesson horse. She and I got along instantly, and three days later, she was ours. We've kept her at the same lady's house for the past month, so that I could take lessons on her and get to know her personality and quirks. (I am a beginner, and Rosie is my first horse) Now, after a month of lessons with Rosie's previous owner, we're moving Rosie over to her new home, which is the privately owned, 150+ acre farm, where my mom's leased horse is. I can't wait to get her out there to start riding!
Next Wednesday, after our lesson, Rosie is moving!!!
Considering the fact that this is my first horse, I obviously have hundreds of questions regarding the move. Luckily, both the farmer/horseman and the riding instructor grew up with horses, and are incredibly experienced. I still have a couple of things I wanted to ask on here though, just because. :)
What are some of the best ways to make her feel comfortable in a new place?
How long do you recommend waiting before I ride her in this new environment? (It wouldn't be a problem for her usually, she's been ridden in MANY places, but since she actually has to move there)
One thing I'm worried about is this...
At the lady's house, she had nearly no access to grass. Here, she will have ACRES of it. At first, she will be kept in a pen that has no grass, because we don't want her getting sick. I was told that I need to ween her onto the grass to prevent it. About how much grass per day should she get at first? (one hour? 20 minutes?) Also, if I have her in her halter/lead rope, and take her out to graze (with me holding on to the lead), how could I prevent her from wanting to graze every single time I try to lead her? Is it safest to just try to let her loose for however much time is needed and then go get her?
I'll be back with a million questions over the next couple of months!