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post #1 of 18 Old 02-20-2014, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
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Moving my horse today :/

The moving has been coming for a while now. I am moving with my whole barn so he will still be surrounded by his normal herd an will still be turned out (medium size paddock with in/out stall) with his weanling friend.

My question is, what should I expect? This is the first time I am moving my horse. Will he colic ? Run around like a maniac? Hide in the stall? How should I get him used to the new surroundings ? (He is known for bolting when he is nervous, tacked or not) he has good ground manners and he respects my personal space, hasn't bolted in quite a while but I don't want to start off on the wrong foot.
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post #2 of 18 Old 02-20-2014, 10:55 AM
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It really depends on the individual. When you say you are moving with your whole barn, will all the horses be trailered to a new location? Will there be other horses there as well? Has he been moved before?
If he is known to bolt in uncomfortable situations, it may not be out of the question for him to do it here as well. That said--I wouldn't anticipate it. If you're nervous, that will just stoke the fire, so to speak.

My horse behaves like a little gentleman when he is moved. He doesn't do any of the things you mentioned; he just leads quietly wherever he's asked, and starts munching away on hay xD

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He has been moved a few times and trailered a ton. All the horses at the barn are going as well. There will be other horses, we are moving into another trainers barn temporarily.
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I always give a preventative dose of omeprazole when moving to be on the safe side, but sounds like you have the prime situation for moving if one has to- going with all his buddies. Keep an eye on him but don't anticipate and expect the worst of him- because then that's exactly what he will give you.
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post #5 of 18 Old 02-20-2014, 06:24 PM
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If you're worried about an upset stomach/colic, you can get probios at tractor supply, either in a power tub or a single dose tube. Start them a day or two before moving and continue for a few days after moving.

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post #6 of 18 Old 02-20-2014, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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I rode in the trailer with him and his weanling buddy (I know it's illegal and probably very unsafe but it's the baby's first time trailering) and my horse was fine, a little wobbly around turns but loaded and unloaded like a champ. He got out and walked around the barn to his new turnout with only a slightly high head and some snorting.

Him and his pal are all snuggled in for the night with an entire bale of hay between the stall and paddock and I'll be out after school tomorrow to finish moving tack and check on him.

Thanks :)
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post #7 of 18 Old 02-20-2014, 10:43 PM
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I had to move my 4 yo Mustang gelding recently. I was worried as I only had him for 3 mo before having to move him. AND I was only his second home since being rounded up. I was really worried about moving him. He was on pasture and moving to pasture board at a much bigger and fancier facility. Before he had 1 buddy and now he has many. Thing is...he actually did great. He acted like he had always been there. And I think he's even happier as he has horses to play with. His previous buddy was older and tried to play as little as possible lol!

As mentioned I think its ideal he's moving with his buddies and I'm sure it will go well for you too. Just assume he's going to be good as mentioned above (you're already prepared for what could happen). Give him the benefit of the doubt until he shows you otherwise and chances are you will have progressed far enough together that he will live up to your expectations. :)
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Thanks so much guys :)
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If he is turned out first he'll probably run around with the herd.i moved the other day and I just did everything the same as I would as if I was taking her from the stable to the field. Good luck!
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post #10 of 18 Old 02-21-2014, 06:18 AM
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I just moved my mare. She didn't move with any buddies, but she made quick friends with a gelding there that she's turned out with.

I rode her over though, no trailer. While I would have prefered to ride the's winter, and I don't know which trails go where through the properties (new BO actually owns most of them). So, I had my work partner (she's like a mom to me) rode in my truck behind with the hazards on and down the road we went. I was hesitant because she's only been on the road once and she backed out in front of a tractor trailer o.o' But, she only stopped to stare and snort at the first car that came along and spooked once at a tree a second time..No harm done and we made it there just fine. When we got to the barn she wasn't very forward and was snorting at the stud in the back field, but I just hopped off and walked her the rest of the way.

I didn't give her any drugs/meds, gave her some pop in her water to get her to drink (she wouldn't drink before we left and was covered in sweat when we arrived). She ground tied like a champ for me to untack and put my stuff in the tackroom and walked right into her new stall. She was turned out in the arena alone for a few days during quarantine and waiting for the weather to break so she could be supervised when turned out in the pasture with the gelding, and did great with him. They had a little scuffle to see who would be boss now and they've been just fine ever since.

On a good note though, unless something terrible happens, this is the barn we'll stay at. I'm allowed to give lessons and take in training horses as long as the board gets paid for no extra charge (last BO wanted 50% o.o), Alahna loves it, and she acted like she's been at this barn her whole life the first day. Doesn't always have to be stressful :p
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