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    05-04-2012, 10:11 AM

Hi I just got my first horse, he was delivered on Monday. When I try to lead/ride him away from his paddock his head comes up and he starts getting tenser. Is it just to soon or is he just spooky. The main thing I am going to be doing is trail ridding so I really don't want to figure out that he's going to be spooking (his spook is just a stop look figure what it is and then if I give him a kick he moves past)
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    05-04-2012, 10:22 AM
Congrats on first horse, super exciting!
However, new environment and new surroundings can startle a horse and its best to give him a few weeks to adjust to his new place/owner. Try taking him out to brush him or work on ground manners to not only build trust but to get him used to you/ his new place :)
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    05-04-2012, 11:25 AM
You need to give him time to adjust to his new surroundings. It takes most horses a couple weeks to settle into the sights, sounds and activities of their new home. Horses that get to travel a lot will settle in faster than those who have rarely gone anywhere. I read an article once that it takes some horses up to a year to fully settle into a new home.
    05-04-2012, 11:32 AM
Sounds like he's just taking in his surroundings. No worries. If he was dropping like a cat, rattling, swooping, or spinning I'd say he needed some work. You are handling it well by asking him to move on, and he is. Just don't let him get into the habit of stopping EVERY time, anticipate and keep him moving. I will collect my horse before we get to a spooky area, I'll ask mine to lower his head or take a pass so he keeps his brains on me.

Congrats! Add a photo! Love to see new trail horses on here!
    05-05-2012, 10:53 AM
Thanks so much took him on a trail yesterday and he has relaxed a lot I was able to hand graze him in the place were he usually gets tense
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    05-05-2012, 12:04 PM
Just keep riding him to give experience. The stop, look, and move on horses are the easiest to "fix".
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    05-05-2012, 01:19 PM
If you look at equinegirl.weebly.com then you can see a picture of him at the bottom left
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    05-08-2012, 01:02 PM
We went on a trail ride the other day he did great. He still keeps his head up and looks at things but even if he were to spook his spook is only to jump and jerk a little to the side. He is now letting me walk and hand graze him.
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    05-10-2012, 07:51 AM
I think my trail horse should be able to go anywhere without making a fuss. If I waited for the horse to settle in to new surroundings it would be time to bring the horse back home. :) That being said, I do think that it is best to get to know your horse first. If his surroundings make him uncomfortable than he will at least be familiar with you.
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    05-10-2012, 02:45 PM
If he did well on one trail ride, I would ride him on many more rides. The more you ride him, the better he should do.
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