I'm so excited!!!
I don't think I ever really posted what has happened lately, so here it is.
About a month ago, we went to go look at a 15 y/o qh mare for sale named Rosie. Not only was she used extensively on trails (which is what I want her for, trail riding), but she was also a lesson horse. She and I got along instantly, and three days later, she was ours. We've kept her at the same lady's house for the past month, so that I could take lessons on her and get to know her personality and quirks. (I am a beginner, and Rosie is my first horse) Now, after a month of lessons with Rosie's previous owner, we're moving Rosie over to her new home, which is the privately owned, 150+ acre farm, where my mom's leased horse is. I can't wait to get her out there to start riding!
Next Wednesday, after our lesson, Rosie is moving!!!
Considering the fact that this is my first horse, I obviously have hundreds of questions regarding the move. Luckily, both the farmer/horseman and the riding instructor grew up with horses, and are incredibly experienced. I still have a couple of things I wanted to ask on here though, just because. :)
What are some of the best ways to make her feel comfortable in a new place?
How long do you recommend waiting before I ride her in this new environment? (It wouldn't be a problem for her usually, she's been ridden in MANY places, but since she actually has to move there)
One thing I'm worried about is this...
At the lady's house, she had nearly no access to grass. Here, she will have ACRES of it. At first, she will be kept in a pen that has no grass, because we don't want her getting sick. I was told that I need to ween her onto the grass to prevent it. About how much grass per day should she get at first? (one hour? 20 minutes?) Also, if I have her in her halter/lead rope, and take her out to graze (with me holding on to the lead), how could I prevent her from wanting to graze every single time I try to lead her? Is it safest to just try to let her loose for however much time is needed and then go get her?
I'll be back with a million questions over the next couple of months!
I'm moving my guys too, so i basically have the same questions as you do about the move!
But for grazing her in hand, we do that we our horses and we make it known to them when it's time for them to eat, and time for them to work. I tell Vega that she's "going to get grass" or "do you want some grass?" before i let her graze. I also periodically as we're grazing, make her pick up her head and move away from the grass. If she throws a fit or doesn't want to go, i just stay persistent. Then i walk her away from the grass, do some work (it could be anything) and then i make her stand and wait near the grass until i give her the ok.
My fiance doesn't do what i do, but he uses different sounds when he wants Gem to stop eating and pick his head up. It works really well for them. Gem was also one of those horses who, once he knew he was allowed to graze over there, would stop and not budge for anything until he got grass. He no longer does it since Tom has been doing those different sounds.
Hmm could you ask your fiance how he trained Gem to pick his head up for certain sounds? Both of our two horses are being a little naughty right now about grabbing snacks as we lead them, and we need to work on that.
Good luck with your move!
I asked him, and he said he doesn't use sounds. Sorry about that.
This is what he told me he does.
He started out saying "better grass" and move him to better grass. Now whenever he moves, Gem follows, knowing there is taller, tastier grass wherever my fiance goes.
When he wanted to leave the grass, he'd say "let's go" and start out with a slight tug, and he'd resist, so he kept pressure and slowly increased it til Gem moved. As soon as Gem moved, the pressure would get released. He would be assertive with him and just keep walking, even if Gem tried to sneak one last bite.
My fiance is also a first time horse owners (as i am too) but he really had no experience with horses, and he just did what he worked the best for Gem and him.
Awesome! Thank you for asking!
Yeah, as a first time owner, I'm learning so much!
That's definitely something I'll have to try out with my horses. We'll have to find out what works for each horse!
Soon after i owned my horse, i found this forum and am SO thankful for all the knowledgeable people on here! I've learned SO much!
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