I recently moved to NW Arkansas to a 155 acre ranch. My sister is moving up here at the beginning of the year, but has asked to move her 3 horses out ahead of time (next week). Of course I said yes
The property is completely fenced, but we do not currently have any cross-fencing. There is a run-in shed from a previous owner, but no barn, and plenty of trees, several spring-fed ponds, and 110 acres of pasture.
I used to work in a barn taking care of rescue horses, but it has been years. My question is; how should I handle turning these horses out onto such a large property when they are used to only a couple of acres? We are in the process of fencing in a 2 acre pasture, but it's not done yet, so they will have the run of the entire acreage for a few weeks. Should I be concerned, or will they adjust OK?
One of the horses is familiar with me, and all of them are very friendly and have good ground manners.
What is the best way to acclimate them? Any advice is welcome.