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  • Horse a little nervous in new home

 
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    10-09-2008, 11:18 AM
  #1
Weanling
New Arrival-Tips and Thoughts Welcome!

So, Saturday is when Blaze is getting dropped off. I'm getting a little nervous! I'm going out to see him tonight to do a little bonding, just doing groundwork with him and giving him a little more chance to know me before he's in my hands

I have all day open Saturday, and am hoping he can get delivered in the morning. The BO is going to keep him in his own paddock for the day and evening, and then introduce him to the other geldings on Sunday. When he arrives, what should I do? Just let him wander around and explore w/no interaction from me? Walk him around the property? Work with him on the ground? I am so new to all of this.

And for when he gets introduced to the herd, same questions. I'm assuming then it will be best to let horses be horses and meet one another.

I read through other threads on this topic and it seems to be suggested that the new horse have a week just to settle in, with plenty of love, attention and groundwork. I think I'll follow this, because I'd really like to start creating a relationship with him before I hop on his back.

I'm just nervous-I'm excited about this off-farm lease but it's my first time. His owners will only be about 20 minutes away, so that's good. I just don't want to screw anything up
     
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    10-09-2008, 11:50 AM
  #2
Showing
It sounds like you have things under control (except the nerves and excitement part).

I just brought in 2 new horses yesterday, both geldings. I kept them separate from my other gelding for most of the day but they were so relaxed with each other over the fence that I put them together after just a few hours rather then the day or so that I normally wait. In this case there was no problem at all but I've had some that would take a few days separated before I was comfortable letting them in together.

Just work with him for a few days or a week before trying to ride him. After the 1st day or so, hand walk him around the farm. That's good for bonding, respect, and acclimation to his new home.

Sounds like you have the right plan - good luck!
     
    10-09-2008, 12:59 PM
  #3
Green Broke
Also, prepare yourself now - he's probably going to get a few bumps and bruises from the other horses when he's introduced. Don't panic, just know that's a normal horsey process

If he's fine after the first day or two...don't feel like you can't ride him. Just don't expect him to he his perfect angel self...that may take a week or so :)

Congrats!
     
    10-09-2008, 01:16 PM
  #4
Weanling
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Originally Posted by kickshaw    
also, prepare yourself now - he's probably going to get a few bumps and bruises from the other horses when he's introduced. Don't panic, just know that's a normal horsey process

If he's fine after the first day or two...don't feel like you can't ride him. Just don't expect him to he his perfect angel self...that may take a week or so :)

Congrats!
Bumps and bruises don't worry me-I have 3 dogs who beat up on one another routinely! The mare I used to lease would often have little "love bites" (haha) from the dominant mare in her pasture.

Thanks! And I won't expect anything near a perfect angel for quite awhile-this boy is out.of.shape. He's been lunged maybe 4 times through the summer and ridden twice. I hope to get some pictures/video tonight; he's so silly.
     

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