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post #1 of 11 Old 11-10-2009, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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Silly n00b question

Hi all,

It's finally happened -- we've found our girl and she is coming home this Saturday. Can I get a w00t?


She is a nine yo Spanish arab, very sweet, calm and willing, and a beautiful little thing...and everything I could have ever hoped for. :) She'll get her own "show off" thread a bit later. For now however, I need to make sure I do things right, to minimise the stress on her. Do you all have any tips you may give me for when first bringing a horse to a new environment? She has a big space to herself, but one fence is shared with four other horses. I assume if any conflict is to be had, they'll work it out safely without striking themselves on the metal or anything like that...they are all (including herself) very laidback, so I don't foresee that happening, but I assume it would be a good idea to keep a close eye on them for a while.

I was thinking of waiting around 2 weeks to begin riding her? Does that sound appropriate? I know it depends on the horse and all...but personally I don't think she'll be too attentive at first, due to the new surroundings and all. We will walk her in hand and groom her, lunge her, but no riding at this cool?

Anything else? We will have to make a slight change in her diet, but that of course will be done super gradually.

God I feel like an expectant mother
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post #2 of 11 Old 11-10-2009, 03:16 PM
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Congrats and good luck. Keep us posted.

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post #3 of 11 Old 11-10-2009, 03:27 PM
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Congrats! How exciting!

If you want to wait two weeks then fine. But really there is no reason to wait that long.

Think about if you wanted to take her to a horse show or a trail ride off site, you would not be taking her the venue two weeks in advance so she can settle in prior to being ridden.
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post #4 of 11 Old 11-10-2009, 04:08 PM
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ohhhhh congratulations on your new baby, (horse that is) i hope all goes well and that all the horses stay on the right side of the fence, i would give her a day to settle in then start riding her. but only for half an hour at a time and then build it up from there.
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post #5 of 11 Old 11-10-2009, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys. ...I was thinking 2 weeks was on the long side. And true enough, she wouldn't have to be acclimated two weeks in advance for something off-site. She already has quite a few miles under her belt from previous rides, so definitely used to experiencing new things.

Bubblegum I like your suggestion, that sounds about right.

I guess I'm just slightly jittery, lol...never done this before!
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post #6 of 11 Old 11-10-2009, 08:21 PM
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i rode my horse the day after he came home.

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post #7 of 11 Old 11-10-2009, 08:25 PM
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I rode my horse the day he came home, although for metical reasons he needed it.

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post #8 of 11 Old 11-11-2009, 02:14 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you. :)

I am excited and also a little nervous now...for a pretty silly reason at that. Lilly's owner will be hauling her to her new home herself, which is generous (we will be paying her gas as she is located about an hour away). She has also expressed a want to see the place for herself...I totally understand, she only wants to know her baby will be getting good care and not stuffed in a quagmire somewhere. At the same time I am a mite nervous that she will not think our digs are "good enough". I mean, it is humble...this is not a barn, but a very large paddock essentially fenced into spacious sections for the horses, and Lilly will have 6,000 sq feet to herself, plus a shelter that we are going to talk to the owners about enlarging, though it is good size at present. She'll be outside, but she'll never have to worry about water freezing and since her owner is blanketing her we will do so throughout the cold months, that is not a problem for the "barn owner". :) The place is clean and the fences are tall, good and strong. The neighborhood is a pleasant one, everyone knows and helps out each other and it looks as if every house has an equine setup of some sort...there is a free public riding arena plus a trainer who breeds arabs just down the road that I will take some lessons from later. It's a nice place.

So I know it'll be ok, but then again I am still nervous she may not like it for whatever reason...the owner seems really protective of her horses, which is a GOOD thing don't get me wrong, I only hope we will be up to her standards...she did tell us when we looked at Lilly that there was a man who was also interested and he had a barn and a stall (yes, she put an emphasis on stall here)...but the shelter and the huge area she'll get to wander about in is the same thing...I hope? That's what most horses around here have at any rate.

Gosh I am being retarded about this, worrying over nothing...I've wanted a horse for as long as I can remember...Saturday can not come soon enough! I am praying it'll all go smoothly. We'll be buying her some things on a nice halter and matching lead rope. We were thinking purple plaid, or a nice emerald green or candy apple! Can't wait. And I am baking some horse cookies this week to have handy for her as well.

Apologies for the longness...typing this out helps calm my nerves lol.
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post #9 of 11 Old 11-11-2009, 06:21 AM
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Whenever I get a new horse, I tend to give them 3 days adjusting time. In those 3 days, I groom them, lead them EVERYWHERE and just spend general time getting to know them. Leading them is important I think because it gives them a chance to have a poke around the environment, and it shows you as a leader because you're there to help them adjust to the new scary home!
On the 4th day, I tend to start riding. It just depends on the horse. If they're a bit nervous, I'll wait another 2 days and continue leading, grooming etc.
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post #10 of 11 Old 11-11-2009, 06:49 AM
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Congratulations Cheshire! I still remember getting my first horse nearly 30 years ago. I've learned a few things since then.

When I bring in a new horse, I give them a day or two to settle in. On the second day I'll hand walk them under tack and just bring them around the farm with me much the same way you would walk a dog. The point is to not only acclimate the horse to the farm but to start building a bond with me.

As for not having a stall, my horses have stalls but never use them. My barn has a very large "common" area in the front that they can access from the paddock. They get to the pasture from the paddock and can come and go as they please. Right now it is ~55 degrees, a heck of a rain storm and winds gusting up to 40 mph yet they are out in the pasture becasue that is where they prefer to be. I have not stalled a horse in over 20 years unless there was a medical reason to do so. When I lived in PA I would see my horses with a foot of snow on their backs and loving it.

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