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post #1 of 9 Old 06-20-2009, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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A horses 1st day

I am new on here and this is my 1st thread so apologies if this has already been covered but i couldn't find an answer.
I am buying my 1st youngster in 3 weeks. I have been involved with horses since i was a kid so i know my way around a horse. However i have never had one younger than 5.
The horse i am buying is a cob type and is just 2 years old.
I have always wanted to break in my own horse so thought i would give it a try.
I have been making myself fairly comfortable with clinton andersons methods but my question is:
On the 1st day when i get my new horse to my yard what is the best thing to do with it?
I don't have a round pen and the horse has to be kept in isolation of a week before it can be turned out with the others. So it can go in it's stable or in a field by itself.
So do i turn it straight out in the field?(and risk never catching it again.) put it into the stable? (and let it create.)
It will obviously be very stressed from the traveling and change of scenery and strange place.
Would it be best if i got it straight into the school and start it's 1st session although i'm worried this may just stress it out futher.
Please tell me what your opinions are as i want to get the best start possible with my new youngster. Obviously i don't plan on breaking it in for another year at least.
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post #2 of 9 Old 06-20-2009, 03:51 PM
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For the first day I wouldn't turn him loose. Spend as much time with him as you can, take him for walks around the propery, brush him, etc. If he seems comfortale with the change you can turn him out on day two. I would wait a full week before actually working him. This will let him get used to the new place and bond with you
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Depends on a lot of factors. 1) what kind of fencing do you have v. what kind he was used to - if you have electric, and he's used to post & board, I'd say no. Other way around, fine. IF he's used to the same kind of fencing you have, I would take him on a lead, and walk him around the perimeter, and I would let him loose once he settled down - most will relax pretty quickly. For a youngster, I'd take a few days and see how he is, and just make friendly with him. If he were trained, I'd say let him settle, then work him asap.

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post #4 of 9 Old 06-20-2009, 06:02 PM
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I wouldn't turn him out right away. Let him get used to his stall and his surroundings and just spend time with him. Even if he won't come near you, if you're there saying reassuring things, being calm, and maybe even giving him some nommy carrots, he'll learn that "You = Safe" and he'll feel better.
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It really depends on the horse. If he is fine and seems pretty level headed, then I'd say walk him around the perimeter of the pasture and let him go. If he's antsy and nervous, it might be best to not turn him out right away.

Spend a lot of undemanding time with him the first few days. Then I'd start working him. The sooner he gets into a routine the better.
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post #6 of 9 Old 06-20-2009, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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Wow thanks.
All these answers are great please keep them coming. I really appreciate any advice i can get on how to get the best possible start with my new youngster. I feel like once i start the actual groundwork i will be fine but it's just the initial stage. I don't want him thinking he's come to boot camp. But at the same time I don't want to start off appearing like a new toy he can push around where ever he wants.
Again thanks for you help and keep it coming.
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post #7 of 9 Old 06-21-2009, 08:47 AM
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Hi Kate,
I just brought my * yr old TB geldinig out of pasture from another state. He was in a 40 x 40 and not worked very often. He is from the track but was trained and fluent in all CA's round penning stuff.
He is now in his new home and has some foot issues we are working on but he is very highstrung right now.
I did not turn him out for quite a while...I would say it was about 8-10 dyas before we made it to the turnout pastures. He is in a smaller enclosure now but his head is like a youngster!

All his manners and no how is seemingly gone. I am still trying to figure him out since at his old home I did not get to see him often. So we both are in a huge learning phase. I too have been around horses all my life. Just not in the past 9 yrs on a regular basis. I have had horses off the track before and re-trained them, but they came right from the track to me....My guy has been sort of waiting for me to get better... I had been in two accidents and needed to recover.
A good book that CA has is the one about establishing respect and control ....
I am having large issues in this area and have even had my horse develop a rearing issue since there was a helicopter that flew over very ery low...he was freaked and in a new place and reared...well....the rearing stuck with him.
Some days are good with him and some days I have to really work hard not to let his naughtiness get me frustrated..
He is still oh major high alert after almost 3 or so weeks in his new home...
Sometime he is fine to walk around outside of the round pen and other times not.
I think I am having a serious time with being consistent. I catch myself pushing at his drive line to much while asking him to slow down.
I think it just takes time. time time and lots of patience.
After spending time with him as much as I could the first few days, then I started walking him around the property.....it took at least more then a week to get t the front pastures and finally after about 2 1/2 weeks has cannow get turned out with out an issue in catching him.
We both will just have to be very patient. Yesturday was not sch a good day for him and I in the round pen, so I will have to try hard to not be frustrated with him and understand that he still is getting used to his new home. needs his shoes put back on, and has not been handled much in five yrs...
So the best of luck to you. I have been asking lots of question here and reading and watching a lot of videos.
I have been around horses for a long while but right now my guy is really challenging me...
Please expect that your horse may challenge you and give you something different every day. I am now going to try a schedule of thre days on with work and 4 days off until his shoes come on this coming week. The days off I try to do something simple like some walking around eating grass a day or two inthe pasture.
I also changed his diet up some so as he willnot be having any grains or "hot" type feeds...thats the last thing he needs ...I am sure he is not to happy about that..lol
Hope my story lets you know your not alone and it can be done just don't give up and when you need it...ask for help....
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post #8 of 9 Old 06-21-2009, 09:11 AM
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As everyone said it depends on the horse and you.
Our first horse, I didn't ride her for 2 weeks. Thought she needed some time to get used to her new home. The trainer I bought her from laughed at us when I told him we were doing that
The most recent horses we bought, we got them home, got their feet trimmed that day. The next day we had them on the trails. In and out of the trailer for away rides for the whole next week. Never gave them a day off
Do for sure keep a quarantine away from other horses for a week or more. Have the vet out for any vaccines/worming he may need. The first day, walk him around his new area so he knows where his water tank, salt block feed bunker etc. is at. after that let him go do his own thing. The day after that it's up to you and him.
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post #9 of 9 Old 06-23-2009, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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Advice needed.... should I or should I?

Thanks for your help

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