My friend brought home the horse we went to check out last week. He came off the trailer a little anxious. He had never been in a two horse before, though the shipper said he was excellent in the trailer. We brought him into the barn and he was a bit looky, but not bad. We turned him out for 40 minutes. In that span of time he trotted maybe 30 feet once and also rolled. No bucking, fighting with the neighboring horses, running. Just all around calm. We brought him inside and groomed him. Again a little looky, but fine after a new minutes. The barn was pretty busy as they were feeding and doing turn out. He didn't to anything wrong as the hay cart was passing or horses were coming in and out. Perfect gentlemen. Then I tell my friend that Id like to get on him for a few minutes, she was totally on board with the idea. As she was tacking him up another boarder had to come over and roll her eyes at us and comment about getting on him "so soon".
IMO I'd expect him to get of the trailer and preform anywhere! The ride was only 2 hours. He got time to relax. He wasn't really anxious. Our "ride" was just 15 minutes of walking and 3 laps around the arena in the running walk. Nothing stressful. And it was probably good to keep his gut moving too.
I don't for a second doubt my decision, but do you have a protocol for "new transfers"?
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