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post #1 of 12 Old 12-10-2010, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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Taking in New Horses - Need Advice

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.
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post #2 of 12 Old 12-10-2010, 07:39 PM
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155 acres. My horses would be in heaven! I'm sure the horses will adjust fine. But with 155 acres are you sure the fencing is ok?

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post #3 of 12 Old 12-10-2010, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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My neighbor was leasing the property for the past 4 years; keeping cattle on it, getting hay, etc., in return for maintaining fencing and keeping it cut. Most of the fencing is wire and is in among the tree line in some spots, but it seems secure. There is a high bluff on one side that is not fenced, but it is straight up, so nothing is going that way!
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post #4 of 12 Old 12-10-2010, 08:05 PM
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I would make sure you don't have anything toxic growing. The horses might be a little harder to catch. I'd teach them to come when you yell for them. Offer them some treats every time you go out to get them. They should be fine. Just make sure you check on them regularly.

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post #5 of 12 Old 12-10-2010, 08:08 PM
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you could even buy some electric fencing and a solar panel to keep it working. Fence off a 3-4 acre paddock until you guys can get it cross-fenced. That's what me and my mom have done on our 12 acres.
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post #6 of 12 Old 12-10-2010, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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I have asked the guy who had his cattle there, and he says the pasture has good grass, nothing toxic, but my biggest concern is what you said, Joe, that they will not come to me. My sister told me their favorite treats, and I am hoping that going out to feed/check them several times a day will ensure they will come in when called.

I have thought about the electric fencing Beau Baby - that's a great idea, and I'm glad to hear it works for you. I will check it out tomorrow!

Thanks!
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post #7 of 12 Old 12-10-2010, 08:26 PM
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Your going to want to make sure they understand not to go through it first. What we did was keep both horses in the corral and set up a corner with the electric fence. They'd go see it, touch it, freak out and then never touch it again. Try and do that instead of immediately surrounding hem in it because if they get spooked at the shock and run in to the other side they might not fully understand.
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post #8 of 12 Old 12-10-2010, 08:32 PM
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Make sure you line up a farrier and a vet : )

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post #9 of 12 Old 12-10-2010, 08:49 PM
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That is a lot of space. The horses will likely stay reasonably close together, but you might have to do some walking at feeding time til they know to come to you for their food. This shouldn't take any time at all for them to learn though.

And I am so jealous, if you need a husband or wife, for 150 acres I will rent out myself or my husband!
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post #10 of 12 Old 12-10-2010, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Beau Baby, I will do what you suggest.

Joe, they just had their vet checks and farrier visit this week in preparation for the move, and I am going to use my friend's vet/farrier out here if needed before my sister comes out and makes arrangements.

Thanks Alex - LOL! It is in the middle of NOWHERE!

I just found out they will be arriving tomorrow afternoon - the shipper picked them up early! I will post pictures after we get them unloaded.
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