08-30-2009, 12:53 AM
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I've never moved my own horse before, but at our barn we have had quite a few new horses. I find that the time it takes for them to really settle in depends on the horse. Some may take a week while others take a full year to adjust to new surroundings.
For the first day I would see how he behaves, wether her is overly excited/scared or just curious and alert. If it's the latter, I think a walk around the property is a great way to show the horse his new home. You can choose to ride or hand-walk him, again depending. Your horse will probably prefer one way more than the other.
Since last time a week in a stall was too much I'd say go for maybe half of that, three or four days. If you're worried about him and the fencing for his first turnout session, work him a bit in the arena or lunge him to get the edge off any possible silliness. For his first turnout, you could keep him out for only an hour or so, under supervison. If you think he's not ready for it slowly allow him more time outside. A few hours each day until he and you feel ready for full turnout or whatever your new barn provides.
Usually horses will be extra alert on their first few days in a new place. They might pace in their stalls and whinny a lot. They also might be off their feed. I wouldn't be too worried about that unless it goes on for a week or longer. Do make sure that he is drinking an aquadate amount of water. A lot of times nervous horses will not drink water.
As for working him again, just go by how he is feeling. At first he might be looky and distracted while you ride, but don't get on his case about it. Just make sure he is obediant and listening to you. :) Hope this helps.