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    10-05-2007, 03:49 AM
Young Nervous Horse

I have just recently brought a 3 year old standardbred gelding from another state and had him trucked to me.

When I purchased him he was quiet, responsive and a very sensible horse. He was in a paddock full of other horses but he was head shy.

When he arrived at my stables he was put in his stable without any other horses close.

Since he has arrived he has been fizzy, neighing CONSTANTLY and just not the horse he was. I have waited a few days like everyone says and he just seems to be getting worse. I lunged him and he just did not pay any attention to me and just snorted the whole way around (I saw him lunged and he was gorgeous at the other property).

I am not willing to ride him and am not comfortable taking him out of his stable and he just runs all over me and tries to run away.

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    10-05-2007, 06:31 AM
I'm not a trainer but it sounds like he is still a little freaked at being seperated from his herd. Is there any way he can have some turnout with other horses at your stable. He needs to find his place in his new world. Either you have to become his herd or the other horses in the area do. A horse alone is not a good thing since they are natural herd animals. My first horse was alone but made friend with my rooster and barn cat. Since you can't be with him 24/7 I think the best thing would be to give him some turnout time let him get acclamated to to his new surroundings and spend as much time with him as you can just keeping him company. I'm sure he will settle down to the horse you saw when you bought him (unless he was drugged at the time ) He has just gone through a pretty big ordeal for a young horse, being shipped, seperated from his mom/friends and being in a new place. You may have to have some help getting him focused once he is settled in a bit more. If you are afraid he knows it.
    10-05-2007, 07:11 AM
Sounds to me like he needs some time out in your paddock with your horses. Can you just stable him at night and when you are going to work him and then just leave him in the paddock?

I know my horses go absolutely crazy - neighing constantly, bolting around the paddock and i'm not able to get their attention if I take one away from the other (out of eyesight). I had to do that once when I was waiting for Freckles truck to arrive (I had already taken my other horse back to her owner - she was on a free lease), and Clary was in a mental state for the 5 hours by himself (truck was delayed 4 hours ). So I spent the best part of 5 hours out with him keeping him company so he wouldn't run through a wire fence or something of the sort because he needed companionship.
    10-05-2007, 07:51 AM
Just a question...but could of been that this horse was drug for the benifit of a sale? I've seen that done way to many times
    10-05-2007, 07:52 AM
Did you also ask for a vet check when you bought him?
    10-06-2007, 10:01 AM
Thank you all for your great replies. As soon as I posted this he decided he was ready to settle in. He is going out in the paddock all day now and in at night. He seems to have finally decided to be the horse I fell in love with.
    10-06-2007, 10:29 AM
Yeah, the horse must have been freaked out to be at a new location. He will look to you for company.

I remember the time when my mother got an appolosa/arab mix? She was completelly out of her mind. Ran back and forth in the corral all day and night (?). She was soaking wet but she eventually settled down within 2 days and adores my mother. Unfortantely we don't have her anymore and I sure do miss that horse!!
    10-06-2007, 10:56 AM
Originally Posted by stumbles
Thank you all for your great replies. As soon as I posted this he decided he was ready to settle in. He is going out in the paddock all day now and in at night. He seems to have finally decided to be the horse I fell in love with.
So glad to hear your new friend has calmed down. Hope you have a great time together 8)

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