Training a newly transported horse
Horse is coming from KY to So. Cal. Has had no travel life like a rodeo horse. I was thinking that I would send him straight to a trainer for one month of polishing up etc.. But now I'm told from a shipper that it can take a horse one month to get back to normal, so why do the training right away when a better result might occur after horse gets acclimated to new home. any thoughts?
IMHO, if a horse needs a month to recover from a trip from KY to SoCal, then either the shipper did something wrong and injured/neglected the horse or the horse wasn't in the best of health to begin with.
A sound/healthy horse who doesn't get injured or sick on transport, IMHO, should only need a few days to get back to normal, if even that long.
I might give him a week off to graze, get acclimated, but after that it's back to work.
^^^^Notice how she said "might"?
More than anything, I expect there will be a big forage diet change moving from KY to CA. If it were my horse, I would watch it for a week to insure its digestion system hasn't been stressed out too much.
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