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    05-02-2013, 06:54 PM
Moving a horse

I need some advice on this... I'm looking at buying this horse that I've been working with/riding for almost 6 years. But if I buy her I'm going to be moving her and that is where there might be an issue. She has been at this one farm for over 12 years, in with the same herd of horses, in the same field. She used to be the head mare but recently she's started keeping to herself a little more. She's 17.

What I really need to know is how hard will it be on her to move? Would she be able to settle in and be happy somewhere else?

Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.
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    05-02-2013, 06:58 PM
Welcome to the forum.

Will there be other horses at the new place?
    05-02-2013, 07:03 PM
Green Broke
If there are other horses she should settle in fine after a few weeks. Many horses don't take to being alone though, if that is part of the plan.
    05-02-2013, 07:10 PM
Of course shell be able to be happy in a new herd. Horses are for the most part very social and like bein around other horses. Shell be okay in a new herd-- I usually worry less about the alpha mare- its the low horse in the pecking order I tend to be worried about.

She should be okay.. how many new horses will she be around?
    05-02-2013, 07:28 PM
Thanks, that's good to hear.
She'll either be alone in a paddock, but there will be other horses right over the fence or she will be out with 2 or 3 other horses.
    05-02-2013, 08:05 PM
I bet she'll do fine!

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