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post #1 of 6 Old 06-24-2012, 06:24 AM Thread Starter
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bring a horse home

i just wanted everyone's opinion and experiences with bring home a new horse with a little bit of anxiety, he's a calm horse but may shy at things on occasion. about to agist him into a pasture with about 30 odd horses, he's a 15 yo stock horse that has served as a beginner trail horse.

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post #2 of 6 Old 06-24-2012, 10:04 AM
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Hmm, not sure I am completely following just what it is you are asking. Can you be a bit more specific about what it is that is worrying you?
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post #3 of 6 Old 06-24-2012, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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i was just looking to get a general idea about a few things i should do when first bringing my horse to his new home e.g. walking him around the area to get him familiar with the smells and noises, and also what not to do as this is my first horse
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post #4 of 6 Old 06-24-2012, 10:42 AM
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If there is a stall available for the first night or so, I would probably use that before turning out into pasture with a lot of other horses. It's best to introduce slowly so that the herd doesn't pick on him or hurt him as he will be considered an outsider and intruder to the current herd.

If you have a separate pasture available, or small dry lot even, I would pick out 1 or 2 of the herd horses that you know are more laid back and introduce them to the new horse first. After a few days they will accept him and you will have better luck introducing him to the rest of the herd.'

It would be helpful if we knew what facilities you have available for your use. I am assuming since there are other horses, there will be knowledgeable people helping you settle your new horse in, am I correct?
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If there is a stall available for the first night or so, I would probably use that before turning out into pasture with a lot of other horses. It's best to introduce slowly so that the herd doesn't pick on him or hurt him as he will be considered an outsider and intruder to the current herd.

If you have a separate pasture available, or small dry lot even, I would pick out 1 or 2 of the herd horses that you know are more laid back and introduce them to the new horse first. After a few days they will accept him and you will have better luck introducing him to the rest of the herd.'

It would be helpful if we knew what facilities you have available for your use. I am assuming since there are other horses, there will be knowledgeable people helping you settle your new horse in, am I correct?
All of this - also, a quarantine period is a good idea just to keep everyone safe.
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post #6 of 6 Old 06-24-2012, 11:07 AM
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All of this - also, a quarantine period is a good idea just to keep everyone safe.
Awesome advice!!

Oh yes, I forgot about this... and I shouldn't. When I first bought Cinny, he broke out in fungus 3 days after I brought him home....fungus is contagious, nasty and hard to get rid of and yet isn't so bad as other things your new guy could be carrying.
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