Moving to a new barn. Need some suggestions pls
I'm moving Ed to a new barn. Being a new horse owner, I'd like some suggestions on how best to help him settle in. There's trails 5 minutes away, an indoor ring, a track around the property, and a lunge ring. Grassy fields, quiet roads. Its a lovely location. How soon to take him around the property? Ride him in lessons? I plan on hanging out with him most of the day we are moving him. Interested in your comments, thanks.
Forgot to include that we have discussed his feed program with the new BO and she's very keen on a smooth transition with his hay and feed.
I'd just give him a couple of days to settle in and then ride as normal.
Expect him to take a really long time to adjust, that way you won't be too upset if he behaves like a nincompoop for a little while :P
My horse was never a problem on cross ties at our first barn, but when we moved she was a nightmare. She would turn herself around in them, the crazy thing. But like somebody said, sure she'd been on cross ties before, but she'd never been on THESE cross ties. Just be patient :) Good luck!!!
I have never had an issue moving a horse. I do usually make sure I do it when I can be there daily the first few days, otherwise-not an issue, but then, I have been fortunate that mine always step off the trailer like the live whereever we are. No clue how that happened, but that is how they are.
My guy was as cool as cucumber at his trainers place.....then when we moved and the first few rides on him were crazy! He was like a green racehorse......not a seasoned Reiner! All horses are different! My guy has finally settled in.....but it can take a while for them to relax.....
Also, I ignored his behaviour and carried on like normal....no babying!
I think about it this way: If you expect a horse to behave when you take them to a show/unusual trails ect, they should be able to behave in a new place. Though since he's staying for long-term a little acting up can be expected.
Treat him as usual, and on the second or third day start taking him for in hand walks, and then start riding. Most of the time it goes smoothly. If he is going in with other horses he might be a bit stressed for a few days until they sort out the pecking order.
Sometimes it takes longer. My horse took about a month to settle in, and she isn't as happy as she was where we were before.
I rode my horses the first day at any new barn. If you trailer to a show or for a trail ride you dont give them several days to get used to it before you ride. I did ride with someone else on the trails just for a little security in case there was anything scary and spooky that I do not know about, but other than that it was business as usual.
You can hand walk them around the new place, let them munch grass, 'meet' the other horses and spend time getting the general lay of the land. First 2 barns I hand walked them around the pasture so they learned where their boundaries are. Current barn did not do this as they were put right in with other horses ( worked fine, by the way.. although I know this is not the way most barns do it... ) and I was not wanting to get in the middle of any pecking order scuffles. But if you can, this is a good way to introduce them to the new place as well.
Your new barn sounds great! Enjoy!
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