another "moving my horse to a new place" thread....
I know this has often been covered - but it seems every scenario is slightly different, so I'd love your insight. You've helped me so many times with practical straight-forward advice.
I'm moving my mare tomorrow to my friend's place from the stable I've been boarding at since I got her four months ago. This will probably be her "summer home" so we can ride together in the 60 acres behind her place, and I'll likely move back to the stable (which I love) for the winter where I can ride indoors.
We will be keeping her for a few days or a week or whatever in a separate paddock w/ shelter etc. (it is not a true isolation, as they will have nose to nose contact... we don't really have a quarantine option, and understand the risks but have done what we can to minimize; for various reasons the risk is very low).
So here is the real question:
What should the procedure be when we get there? Part of me wants to saddle her up and ride her soon after we unload, assuming she's calm (she's a trail horse after all, and should be accustomed to this, though I've never hauled her anywhere... she has been taken to many trail rides). We could isolate the other horses in a different area, and I could ride her around her new pasture. Maybe with my friend on a calm horse. Or I could just lead her around... Or, should I just let her settle in and do simple groundwork and grooming for a while? She's a level headed horse but still of course will be 'up' in the new place, I'm sure. I want to start things off with the best chance for smooth transition.
BTW, one of my friend's herd is very territorial so there will be some drama. It so far has worked out fine and settled in (2 new horses have been introduced in the past couple of years, and they finally reach an equilibrium, but this horse definitely is a bit of a bully. She's not the alpha, shes #2). Just including this information in case it affects anything. I swear this horse is capable of "jealousy", and punishes any horse who she perceives is receiving special treatment! Fascinating herd behavior.
I'm a mid-lifer finally making time for horses... Having a blast, but there's soooo much to learn -
Last edited by Folly; 06-11-2016 at 02:36 PM.