My 11 yo 3/4 QH 1/4 arab gelding will be coming to live in my town, at the barn I work at part time, in a few weeks. I've never boarded, he's never been boarded. The barn is small but very nice and the BO also is an APHA breeder primarily and really knows her stuff. There are 7 other horses boarded there. He will make 8. 20 acre pasture. 2 of the BO's riding mares stay out in 24/7. Right now 3 horses are turned out during the day and stalled at night. Then the other 3 are turned out at night in stalled all day. Horse # 7 is a stallion, and he's stalled all day/night except for several hrs daily turnout in a separate paddock.
My main concern is that my gelding's never been in a large herd environment. Nor has he ever been stalled daily. I've owned him since he was 9 months and I know where he was born (same family did some of his training). The largest group he's been loose with is 2 other horses both mares. The last 5 yrs he's been the same mare and she pushes him around.
The barn protocol is that new horses stay stalled for 2-3 days to get accustomed and settle down, but I'm not sure if this will settle him or make it worse? On top of the fact that his stall is between the stallion and the barns notorious 23 yo brat that exhibits horrible habits (weaving, head bobbing, ect)
What would y'all do????