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  • Settle a horse into a stall
  • How to settle a horse into a new environment

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    03-27-2012, 12:41 PM
  #11
Foal
Yeah:-/ The place where she was boarded before I bought her doesn't turn the horses out so they only get out if they are ridden. Not to mention she was on a high sugar diet so I'm sure a lot of her problem was that she had a lot of energy built up and toss in being in heat and a new environment= recipe for a disastrous few days. I have spoken with my vet and have adjusted (safely) her diet and she is turned out all day/night with access to her stall. She is also only brought in for morning and night feeding. She has been just wonderful the past few days and I couldn't be happier that she can actually be a horse now!
     
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    03-27-2012, 12:43 PM
  #12
Showing
Stall confinement, especially in a new barn can be very stressful. If you can't visit her it's best if you can arrange for her to be turned out most of the day. She sees the stall as a trap, a cage that she can't escape from. She will be more relaxed with the turnout and she will settle in better.
     
    03-27-2012, 12:53 PM
  #13
Foal
At my barn she is turned out 24/7 with exception of meals 2x a day and if the weather is bad. Much better!
     
    03-27-2012, 12:53 PM
  #14
Trained
In case a newbie is reading this thread I thought I'd point out that I have always put a new horse over the fence from my existing herd. You don't know if the herd leader will be brutal with YOUR new horse and give you a nice, hefty Vet bill. I would routinely keep them separated for a few months, work them and trailer them together before turning them out together.
I'm very glad that she's found a buddy.
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    03-27-2012, 01:05 PM
  #15
Started
Big transitions like these can be pretty tough on a horse, but they'll usually settle in over time... and it's so rewarding to see them blossom into a content and relaxed horse in their new surroundings.

My mustang colt has really had a time of it too. First he's taken off the range where he was born and lived his whole life and kept in the holding pens for 3 months, then hauled 8 hours to the trainer's facility where she could help me gentle him for another 3 months... and finally moved to the boarding facility where I keep him 2 months ago. There were some real rough patches along the way, but he's been a champ about it overall.
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    03-27-2012, 01:20 PM
  #16
Started
My new mare has been here since friday. She came from 3 years in a huge feild with cows and now she's being brought into the barn, she's having a tough time getting aclimatized. We bought a gelding last year who spent 6 weeks being a totall knot head before reverting back to his sweet self.
     

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