Acclimating Horse to new Barn
This Saturday I am moving Sam to a new barn. Instead of pasture 24x7, he will be stalled with scheduled turnout to a grassy lot. He will be turned out with the other boarders, there will be 4 horses in total. The stall is generously sized, but he is in a barn by himself. The first barn holds three horses and it is full. So he will be in the next barn by himself.
He travels well. We camp once a month where he is kept in a 12x12 stall with no problems. He has never given me problems or acted out as a result of moving from his "home" to the campground.
In the current herd he is with in the pasture, he is probably close to the bottom of the herd and spends equal amounts of time grazing by his himself and grazing / standing with the herd.
I've never had a problem with buddy separation or sour behavior.
based on this, what should I expect when I move him on Saturday? No worries Mom, this is cool. Or, WTH!!!!
My plan is to unload him and immediately do some ground work then a very vigorous riding session to work his energy off followed by a nice grooming session and put him up for the night. come back earlyish on Sunday for another session and then introduce him to the other boarders.
Am I approaching this correctly?
I'd just move him, put him where he is going to be, provide plenty of hay. And then hang around to see how he is, and then leave him be.
He will likely be fine.
I would stick around, but not fuss with him. The more you fuss the more he'll think there's a reason to be upset. Give him some food, and watch from a distance.
I like to put the horse into the stall, let them have a drink and a potty break., then give him his usual workout. I want my horse(s) to know that they work when I ask wherever they are (home, show grounds, trail, campground, etc.)
I will take it a little slower with a young or never-before-hauled horse. But horses really read us so well - if we act purposely and with confidence, chances are good he will step up and do the same.
Whenever I move homes with my horse, I'll treat it like a show or pony club rally. Arrive, school hard, tie up with hay, then turn out. Since this is a routine she is accustomed too she is relaxed and happy.
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