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post #1 of 6 Old 12-19-2014, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Advice for a first-time owner of a pasture-board horse

So hello,

Exciting news! After 9 years of riding, I am finally going to own my first horse as of January 1, 2015! I am super excited and I want to be totally prepared. I have posted about this horse before when I was trying to solve his bucking problem which has thankfully been resolved. He is a 10 year old Lusitano/Mustang and is very green and often nervous/worried. Please nobody post that a greenie is not a good first horse. I have been riding for nine years and leasing full/half/day for 6 years and I have 3 trainers that will be helping me if I have any issues. I have also already been riding this horse for 2 months before the owner offered him to me so I know what I'm getting into.

Still though, I am new to actually owning and being completely responsible for a horse, and I want to be as ready as I can be. He will be in pasture board which will also be new to me. He will be out with 10 other horses and getting hay during the winter to supplement the pasture. We've decided not to feed him grain because we know he will be good without it (he was in pasture board at this place a couple months before I started riding him) and I live 30 min away and the roads sometimes get icy during the winter so I'd rather not worry about it if I can't get out to the barn. The barn manager suggested maybe giving him a handful of Balancer every week. I haven't looked into it yet but I was leasing a horse who was on Balancer and he did well with it. Any thoughts?

I am taking a suggestion from one of my trainers and not getting him too fit before he trusts me. So, I'm going to do three days of groundwork, three days of riding, and one day off.

He's up to date on shots and coggins and we have a good vet for when he's due or in an emergency. (fingers crossed it won't happen). I do need to look into when he was last trimmed (he doesn't have shoes yay!), and my mom is looking into getting insurance.

The place has a really nice tack room where I'll store all my stuff. I'm trying a saddle tomorrow. I already have a bridle, halter, grooming box, etc. I'm also putting together a first-aid kit to keep in my trunk.

I am going to take TPR everyday for the first week or so to establish a baseline.

Am I forgetting anything? Haha I really am trying to be as prepared as possible.

Thanks!
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-19-2014, 05:07 PM
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It sounds like you have a good support system from your mother and trainers, so good job there! You already have a plan in mind for the short term training so great there.

With grooming tools, some people don't think twice about borrowing yours and often don't bother to ask first. Make sure you put those away if you are not standing right there, not only can they disappear, but can spread some nasty things from one horse to another (one of my pet peeves). So keep an eye on your grooming box.

It is easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of your first horse, so that basic manners for the horse can fall by the wayside. Treat him fairly but firmly from the beginning and you will be off to a good mutually beneficial relationship.

Congratulations!

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post #3 of 6 Old 12-19-2014, 05:27 PM
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Congrats!! You'll have to share some pics of the new horse.
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post #4 of 6 Old 12-19-2014, 06:26 PM
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The thing about pasture boarding is that not all horses get along, so you might be dealing with bite marks and hoof indentations.

Also, if the horse is well integrated with his herd mates, he may not be as bonded with you and therefore make him harder to catch.

Also, walk through the pasture if you can, to see if there are any hazards; I found some unsafe conditions at my first pasture boarding place, and ended up moving to a new place.

Feeding while on pasture board can be tricky, but you mentioned that you are not planning on feeding grain on a daily basis. With my mare, she basically starved at the first boarding facility because the other horses stole her feed. At her current place, she is the herd boss...so guess what happened? She stole feed from others and coliced from all those extra calories.

Don't get me wrong; I'm totally for pasture boarding, but there are some logistics that I didn't consider/know to ask.

Can't wait to see pics of the new horse!
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post #5 of 6 Old 12-19-2014, 07:14 PM
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My advice would be don't be worried about little scrapes/bite marks/kick marks. And don't worry if some days he's harder to catch at first. My gelding was like that when he first went out to pasture and now he comes up to me every time without fail.

Goodluck!! :)
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Thank you to everyone who replied! I took all your advice into account. Gunnar is now starting to settle back in to pasture board and is very happy!
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