I got my first horse 2 days ago. The day I went to look at her, I spent a good 2 hours working with her and riding her. She just turned 10 and has been kept at the same barn where she was born. Also, the barn she was at did not turn the horses out so when I looked at her, she hadn't been out of her stall in 2 weeks...and she was great! I had looked at many horses but she seemed to be the one. The real trouble started once I moved her to my barn. My barn already has 4 horses there. The horses only come in for breakfast and supper, otherwise everyone is turned out together or separated if need be. It has been 2 days (today is the third) and my horse is now a nightmare. She is so overwhelmed and completely freaked out. She continually calls to old barn mates and just gets so worked up. She didn't eat the first day she was there (even though we provided her with the same feed/hay she had been on) and tore down stall boards and doors. It's a disaster. I know she is a good horse. The ppl whom I board with know the previous owner and have been around her off and on throughout the last several years....they say she is great! I understand this is a huge adjustment for her, but with her being my first horse, it's overwhelming and hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. We got along so well when she had been in her normal surroundings so it's disheartening to see her so upset. Plus she is in heat...
Last night, after about half an hour of her being led around all worked up, she finally lowered her head, took a huge sigh of relief, and began to finally graze alongside me and a gelding she has made her buddy. That is the first time I've seen her relax since being there.
I know this is a long post, but I'm just wondering if this will subside when she settles into her new life or if she is just too much for me
I have leased horses in the past, but have never moved a horse to a different barn.