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post #1 of 11 Old 11-25-2009, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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Question Adjusting to a new home

Okay, we finally got our horses home today. They had been boarded at the neighbor's which started out okay, but got to be a very bad situation recently. So we are thrilled that they are finally in our new barn and paddock.

Anyway, they've both been stressed today since the move. How long does it usually take for them to be settled in? I'm sure it varies from horse to horse and situation to situation, but I'd just like an idea.

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post #2 of 11 Old 11-25-2009, 07:55 PM
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My guys calmed down within a few days to a week, depending on the horse. But it was a good 1-2 months before they were totally chilled out like they were at the barn where I boarded.

They'll settle - just takes some time. It's a big change for them.
Congrats on getting them home! It's the best decision I've ever made :)

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post #3 of 11 Old 11-26-2009, 01:06 AM Thread Starter
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They already seemed a bit calmer tonight. Of course, that was probably because the person target practicing up the road all afternoon had finally stopped. Grrr! Poor girls jumped with every shot!

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post #4 of 11 Old 11-26-2009, 07:39 AM
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It can easily take a few months before they are totally settled, but it sounds like you moved a group together, and that will help a lot compared to new place+new herd. Getting a new routine set (feeding, grooming, work, etc) will help...horses hate change and love consistancy.

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post #5 of 11 Old 11-30-2009, 03:24 PM
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There can be no definitive answer to such a question. It can take a week or so - it can take months. It all depends on whether they like the new home and whether they feel safe in it.
They also need to establish for themselves where exactly it is

Just be aware they are settling in and allow them a little space for a month or so.

But it will be a nice feeling to have them in your back yard

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post #6 of 11 Old 11-30-2009, 05:39 PM
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I moved Hunter on Nov 11th - to a much better place for him. He was settled in within 2 days. Of course he was standing in a mud pit and now he has a HUGE stall with paddock. Lucky boy!
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post #7 of 11 Old 11-30-2009, 06:35 PM
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It caries. I have several horses and some it only takes a few days to settle but one mare it takes about a month for her to settle down. She is a horse that is pretty on edge all the time anyway.
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post #8 of 11 Old 11-30-2009, 06:55 PM
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Congrats on getting your guys home! You are going to love having them with you! When we've moved, it took my guys a couple of weeks to get comfortable with their new surroundings - they were really curious at first and were constantly checking every inch of their new pasture out. It wasn't a hard adjustment for them, though. I think with you being with them, it will make things easier. Best of luck to you!
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post #9 of 11 Old 12-01-2009, 12:31 AM Thread Starter
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They've definitely gotten more relaxed, well Honey has. Where they were being boarded there was no shelter at all, just pasture. We weren't sure how they'd take to the barn. Even on the first day we noticed they would run into it for comfort if something spooked them (like the idiot shooting the gun all evening - grrr). Tonight I got home a little later than usual and they were both in the barn sleeping so they seem to like it. It helps that there was a really mean boss mare who picked on Honey where they were boarded. She is definitely happier now that she's away from that!

Honey is a tremendously laid back horse, especially for 3 1/2, but Sweetie tends to get anxious when left alone at all. She has been so buddy sour since we moved them which is a huge pain in the butt. The first time I put them in separate stalls she actually kicked the stall door enough that the latch broke off and the door opened (it wasn't a great latch anyway). They can still see and touch each other at the stall doors, but she still flipped out. She is glued to Honey whenever I try to groom or tack Honey up. But maybe things are improving because Sweetie was actually willing to eat in a separate stall tonight and she didn't panic when she was done eating but was still in there for a minute or so. I'm hoping this will get better as they get more comfy. I'm adding some stall toys and trying to feed them a little snack each evening in their stalls. Maybe they'll associate their stalls with happy things. They'll usually be able to come and go as they please, but I want to be able to stall them when necessary.

Thanks for the help and encouragement!

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post #10 of 11 Old 12-01-2009, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
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By the way, their stalls are huge, but the barn is built on a slight hill, so the floor in one stall is slightly lower than the other one. We figured the slightly larger stall would be Honey's since she is a little larger and still growing. Of course, when we've had to put them in the stalls, Honey always goes to the smaller one and Sweetie (begrudgingly) goes into the larger one. Go figure.

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