New Horse! Questions?
I am a beginner rider who is going to be getting a horse (hopefully!) in the next couple weeks. I just have a few questions!
I am going to be bringing her into a new herd, how would I go about introducing them to each other?
Also, I am going to need to buy a saddle and I am wondering what would be best for a new rider? I have ridden english before but this is a western horse although she shouldn't be hard to change over. What should I go with?
Thats all I can think of for now, but I'll let you know if I have more! haha
Where I board, new horses are put into an isolation paddock for about a week to 10 days to be sure they are not sick. From this place they can see many horses around them. Then, if the paddock is available, they are put into a paddock that abutts onto the main herd's pasture. they can sniff over the fence. Then, after a day or two there, they go into the main herd.
Some people advocate putting the new horse into a smaller pasture or paddock with only one or two other horses at first (horses taken out of the main herd) then putting the three of them back into the herd all at once. This allows the new horse to find some herd mates before he gets thrown in witih the large group, where he might end up being ostracized and picked on a lot.
The place only has one HUGE paddock with only three other horses, two mares and a twenty year old gelding. We wouldn't be able to separate them I don't think. :( Is there another way to do it without separating them?
personally i would just put her in the field at feeding time (so they're all concentrated on the food, not the newcomer) and watch for a while so if its going really badly you can get her out or help her a bit. just make sure she has a separate pile of food away from all the other horses.
make sure to feed in seperate piles, as ridergirl said, and have one more pile than the number of horses, for a bit. kind of like musical chairs except there's and extra, not a shortage. if the pasture is big, then the new horse will be able to escape if she/he is being picked on.
Right now they're out in the pasture and we just let them graze on the grass, we generally don't feed hay. I could put some hay out in piles for them if that would be a good idea but we usually feed them in their stalls when they come in for the night in winter.
We would be putting all the horses into their stalls while we bring her in, so could we let them out one at a time with the new girl? Like have the new girl and one horse, the new girl, that horse and then put in another ect? Would that work? She would be able to get away if anything happened, that's for sure. I could also put some hay out in piles if that might work better. :)
Oh, if they are fed indoors, then I don't see any point in putting out hay piles. Horses fight over food, so it might only make it more liely to fight.
ours are feel out of doors, but they are pasture boarded with only run in shelters and feeding stations. It can get pretty hairy around the feeding station if there isn't enough access areas for all the horses.
I think your idea of putting them out one at a time might be smart. Are they all the same gender?
There are two mares and a gelding. The gelding and one mare are pretty easy going but the other mare, an arabian, is a bit of a jerk, haha. We will be introducing another mare to the herd.
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