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        12-28-2013, 07:23 AM
    Finally back in the game

    Long story short, I've been trying ot get back into horses since I had to quit for financial reasons ten years ago. And have just bought a new horse. She is being delivered tomorrow (we don't have a truck and trailer) and I'm just wondering the best way to get her acclimated. We have three stalls and two paddocks, both of which share a fence with my neighbors horses. So I figured I'd keep her in the roundpen during the day, weather permitting, and the barn at night for a couple weeks to be sure she's not carrying anything nasty in her system. But the woman we bought her from said to keep her in a stall for a week, which I found odd, on the other hand she's been riding since before she could walk, I've been riding when the money is good and reading when it isn't. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Also, does anyone know where to get wormer packs besides online? I've never seen them at my tractor supply, and as she is new I was going to hit her with the one worm wormer at a time for a few months so I don't overdo her system and make her sick. Thanks!
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        12-28-2013, 08:57 AM
    Personally, I wouldn't keep her in her stall for a week. As you've said, I'd turn her out away from the shared fence line during the day so she can get used to the activity around the place and enable her to stretch her legs and such.

    I think keeping her in would cause all sorts of stress issues.

    The other thing I would do is spend loads of time with her hanging out, grooming and all around ground handling her. And riding shouldn't be out of the question either in that first week but that you could play by ear depending on how she is settling in.

    Congratulations on her and welcome to the forum!
        12-28-2013, 10:47 AM
    Just popping in to say a big CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
        12-28-2013, 12:46 PM
    Welcome to HF and congrats on your new mare.

    All the tractor supply stores around here carry the wormer. Just ask someone there and they will be glad to help you.
        12-31-2013, 03:24 PM
    I've only recently returned to horses after a 26 year hiatus... and the pony I have wasn't the one I thought I'd use to re-enter the field in. I had adopted a 19 yo Apx that was a 'been-there; done-that' kinda guy... unfortunately due to a horrible navicular situation and false information, I was informed by my vet, that the most humane thing to do for him, as to put him down - which I did. But, this happened right before I adopted his 'eventual' replacement. A young gelding, unhandled, not broken, to work and train 'my way' until I retired my old man. Well, I've owned my 4yo for 1 1/2 years and have worked with ground work, basic manners, grooming tolerance ( he had none ) and what's expected in a full-care/barn situation. I have been undersaddle with him twice. The first time was a 10 minute ride in a round pen - went flawlessly. Second time, due to my wanting to find his "push button" I tried mounting from the ground ( never attempted before with him ) and I was bucked off, and he required a visit from the chiropractor. Since then, we have only done ground work and have been resaddled twice. Needless to say, at my age and body condition ( twice have broken my back ) I am nervous. Now, he's respectful on the ground, works off of hand and vocal cues 97% of the time. My plan is to send him out to a reputable trainer that is of the same mindset as me, to break through with him. He's got a gentle, great temperament. And, I've said a million times, if I never ride him, he will still be mine forever... but it sure would be nice to ride him. Am I putting too much pressure on myself, on him? He's the perfect age and the last 1 1/2 years have been stress free living, with care, respect and patience. I am hoping its been enough for him to "forget" his past, because I am his present and future.
        01-01-2014, 12:31 PM
    Welcome back to horses. I, myself, came back a year ago from a 9 year absence. I did feel like a pig on rollerskates for a while, but it comes back to you in a while.

    Good luck and have fun
        01-01-2014, 01:19 PM
    I am right there with you. Just getting back into them after MANY years away. I feel like I'm finding myself. The fun thing is that this time I am doing it with the kids and they are all horse crazy. We'll give it some time and see how much of that love sticks, I am pretty sure it is in their blood.

    I have two new mares that won't be delivered to my barn for two more weeks and I am so impatient! Just planning and dreaming now.

    Congratulations and good luck!

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