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post #1 of 14 Old 02-08-2013, 11:44 AM Thread Starter
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New Horse Settling In

I am picking up my first horse on Saturday. He will be at a boarding facility in an individual paddock for now. Ultimately, I hope to move him to the pasture. Any tips on getting him settled into his new home?
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post #2 of 14 Old 02-08-2013, 02:16 PM
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He'll settle in himself in no time at all, just make sure he has some hay to munch on and I bet he will be munching within a half hour.
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post #3 of 14 Old 02-08-2013, 02:43 PM
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It would be best if they have it set up where he can "get to know" the horses he will be in with over a fence first.

There will always be some scuffles and minor nicks and bites at first. Those should settle down in a short while.
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post #4 of 14 Old 02-08-2013, 06:31 PM
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i just wen through that. I had my horse in my out door arena (right by my horses field) and so they met eachother through that. He had worms when he came so it took a while longer before we could have them meet but when they did they did awesome so just let him settle in himself and he'll be fine!

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Best bet to introducing another horse to a herd is over a fence for a few days. Of course there will be the usual scuffling to show who's at the bottom....

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post #6 of 14 Old 02-09-2013, 05:16 AM
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When you do move him into the pasture with the others, do it in the morning. You want to have time and daylight to keep an eye on things the first day and clean up/treat the cuts/scrapes/bites that always happen.

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post #7 of 14 Old 02-09-2013, 08:28 AM
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Originally Posted by 5kiddos View Post
Any tips on getting him settled into his new home?
Yes - pictures. And lots of them. They are required
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post #8 of 14 Old 02-09-2013, 08:36 AM
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Since it's been covered, I'm with BBBCrone. Pictures, we need lots and lots of pictures. (It's not exactly a forum rule but it should be...)
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post #9 of 14 Old 02-10-2013, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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Well, we got him to the barn on Saturday. Got a few pics today. He's pretty dirty, I guess that goes with the territory when owning a white horse He is getting to know his neighbors in the runs next to his already. I think he will do just fine.
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post #10 of 14 Old 02-10-2013, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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Oh yeah, he also has hardly any mane. Previous owner had cut if off to avoid dealing with the mud balls that get crusted into it every winter.
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