Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: An English Girl living in beautiful Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Okay then, my best advice.
I don't know if you tried these horses out, rode them at all? That knowledge would help as otherwise we don't know whether our advice is useful or whether you're not going to thank us for it.
It sounds suspiciously like the dealer took advantage of your kind nature to off-load two problem horses at once. Their pair-bond will make them very possessive of each other and either horse may react very badly when you try to separate them to school, or hack out, or even stable them.
Only time will tell on this front, but that is my first reaction.
On the basic stuff, if I were to receive two horses with unknown history my first action would be to get the vet out to give them their vaccinations, and do a full work-up to assess their health and fitness.
My shopping list would have head collars, lead ropes, basic first aid kit, and hay nets.
I would work out a feeding and turnout regime based on their previous home, and the advice of the vet.
I would worm them, again based on vet guidance.
And unless I had ridden them both before I got them, I would not contemplate getting on without a knowledgeable friend present to pick me up off the floor if either of them turned out to be the devil incarnate.
I would then get a saddler to come and fit saddles, and the farrier to sort out their feet.
Get up, get going, seize the day. Enjoy the sunshine, the rain, cloudy days, snowstorms, and thunder. Getting on your horse is always worth the effort.