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    12-11-2011, 08:21 PM
Getting a new horse. Help.

What's the first thing you do when you get a new horse? Do you tak it to the round pen, a small paddock, a stall, or to the other horses? Would you just leave him in there to get used to it and sit and watch him? Or could you start assessing his behavior the day of arrival? If he's broke (child/dead broke) could you ride him in the round pen that day? Don't be hateful or rude I just feel like I should learn as much as I can about this before I rush into anything.(:
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    12-12-2011, 12:33 AM
Depends on the horse. I think the very first day of arriving, you shouldn't do too much, and let them get accustomed.

The day when Eli arrived at the boarding barn, I let him in our small pasture ALONE (without other horses) and just let him graze.

After a few hours of just being near him, I worked with him on basic halter commands and respect when leading. And then I did the daily barn chores and left.

I personally think the first day with new people and surroundings should be work-free. (If he tries to be disrespectful, however, correct it straight away!)
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    12-12-2011, 12:45 AM
It would be best to give them a day or two to adjust. Even a quiet horse needs time to adjust to a new owner and enviorment. I always walk a new horse around the the fence lines....then stall them for the first night. :)
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    12-12-2011, 12:55 AM
Well I've always just tossed them in, get it over with and let them all get settled in and then the next day I go out and mess with my horses and leave him alone. And just watch them and see where they are (usually the bottom) and how they are settling in. But at the barn I boarded at when I got my second gelding they let my other gelding in a small pasture and the others in the other pasture and we put my new one into the same pen we all figured they would have to deal with each other and after a half hour or so we opened the gate and the other horses came over and they all got use to him and they were fine.

But with the last one I let him go for the first week with just some messing with he didnt settle the best and my other new gelding wasnt that nice and after that it was ground work and then I rode 3 weeks after I got him.... then showed him, and got second place at his first show second time in a arena! As a 3 year old won himself a hay bag!!!

I wouldnt ride until he gets use to everything I like to bring them around the yard 3 to 5 days after getting them so they see everything and ride a week after to 2 to 3 weeks after depending on the horse.

By the way you should know how broke he is.... that's one of my first questions I ask and then I ride myself after watching how they ride.
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    12-12-2011, 03:09 AM
I guess it depends on if I just bought the horse or if I have it on trial.

If I have the horse on trial, there isn't really much to loose, so I usually work with them right away. That way I can see them at their worst- in a new location with a new rider. Might as well find out how they handle stress.

But before I even bring a new horse home I try it out at the owner's place. Then I know if it is barn sour and how it behaves in it's comfort zone.

The exception was my mare. I tried her out at the owner's place and then brought her home and let her settle in for the day because in buying her and taking her home she was suddenly weaned from her previous foal. It wouldn't be fair to just take her home and ride her that same day. I would expect her to act up and look for her baby.

I was prepared to give her several days to settle in before riding because 1) I figured it would take that long for her to get over loosing the foal and 2) I had already bought the horse so there was no rush to find out what her behavior would be- I was already committed. But alas the next day she was acting calm and no longer calling for the foal, so I called up a friend to ride with me and we did the first ride on the trail with another horse. It worked out great.

Actually, that is what I would recommend. You can try the horse out in the round pen or whatever, but on your first ride with your new horse outside a pen or arena, try to get someone to go with you for safety's sake. Then if you have trouble you won't be all by yourself.

But I really don't give them much time to settle in. I WANT to know what they are like when stressed. I would rather find that out right away then have it surprise me later.

If they handle the first ride or two well, it gives you confidence and everything after that should just get better and better.
    12-12-2011, 04:02 AM
Duffy I didn't touch as I was waiting for the vet check to be done at my place. My old horse turned up late evening, the next day I rode him.

I wanted to compete, so he has to get used to new places, new environments etc, but it depends on the nature of the horse.
    12-12-2011, 04:12 AM
My first horse I let settle for a week before I rode her (she was a handful and I was a newbie to riding) 2 and a half years later (last december) I got my new guy Mitchell, who, because he was 7 and hadn't been exposed to much, I didn't ride for the first 3 weeks.. We live on a dairy farm which means lots of noise and sudden movements, plus tankers and other big trucks making sudden appearances, so with a young thoroughbred I thought it was safer to wait until he became accustomed to the other noises etc first.
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    12-12-2011, 07:22 AM
If you bought the horse to ride and its well broke, unload, turn them out for an hour or two, tack them up and ride. Horses adapt very well. Many horses are shown 3 or 4 times a week and not given more than an hour to adapt to a different show grounds and they do just fine. The quicker they are put to work the better for them. Horses like and need a job.
So unless the horse is from out of state or from a sale barn or somewhere where you require a quarantine it is perfectly normal to start working them right away.

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