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Natfoth 06-29-2013 11:45 AM

New Horse Settling in Advice
Hey guys, so I finally got my first horse about 2 weeks ago. I spent a lot of time finding one and I decided on an 18 year old trail/pleasure horse. He has an extremely nice personality, follows you around everywhere, give you room to feed him until you give him the go ahead, loves to take baths. But once he got here he has totally changed which I knew was going to happen and I know it will take time to get him back to normal. I just wanted some advice on how I can help him cope with the new area better. I gave him the same food and water he had before and very slowly switched it over the time he has been here. But he is the only horse on the property. There are 2 goats and I think they are keeping him from exploding as he stays with them and they sleep in his stall with him. But when I am trying to lunge him he absolutely refuses to go clockwise and backups up and doesn't let you even go on that side of him with the lead rope. Then when I put the halter on him he pins his ears back the entire time its on him, he doesn't attempt to do anything else or fight back but its clear he is upset about it. I just wanted advice on what you guys think I should do to help him settle in without another horse or if thats not something that he can settle into.


MsLady 06-29-2013 03:47 PM

Sorry, I cannot help you, I just wanted to say hello, and you have a beautiful horse and land. I'm sure someone will be along shortly the help you with your problem.
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Country Woman 06-29-2013 04:18 PM

I can't help you either
good luck
maybe get a trainer to help you or someone more knowledgeable

JCnGrace 06-29-2013 11:47 PM

He should be able to adjust since he has goats for company it may take a little more time if he's always been with other horses though.

Some things you can do:

Spend some extra time keeping him company during this transition.

Retrain him so that halter doesn't always equal it's time to work. Put it on him before feeding him and then take it off when he's done without asking a thing from him. Walk out into his pasture and put it on, give him a scratch on whatever his favorite spot is and take it off. Not saying to never work him just add these extra steps so he realizes the halter is not his enemy.

If he's always been a trail horse it's quite possible that he isn't used to being lunged and it's not uncommon for a horse to prefer one lead over another, usually they prefer going on their left lead. Start off small and work with him a lot on the right side, lead him in hand from the right, ask him to make small circles around you to the right and when he get's comfortable with that lengthen the amount of lead you're giving him. If he backs up, just pull his head around and walk towards his rear, if he keeps backing up, you keep pace with him, don't stop to pull him forward as that's letting him get his way. He'll catch on eventually. It all takes TIME and PATIENCE.

AlexS 06-30-2013 03:17 AM

I think you need some help, that's bigger than internet advise. Online we can't help you in the exact second that it's happening, you need someone with you for that.

Any local trainers you can get to help?

PaintHorseMares 06-30-2013 05:35 AM

Time, patience, and consistency, and he will learn and adjust to 'your way' of doing things.

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