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post #11 of 21 Old 03-05-2015, 12:07 PM
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By that train of thought show horses who travel would all be colicking and dying on the regular!
Yes, complete adjustment to a new environment, now owner, new routine can take some horses a while, maybe even 3 months for some very sensitive ones. Others seem to have no qualms about it. Certainly the risk for colic and ulcers increases, but it also increases when the weather changes.

I would not alienate this woman, I would thank her for her help and advise and say you will watch over the transition very carefully. Having good, knowledgeable neighbors on your side is important, try not to burn the bridge when disagreeing with her (unless she really is just WAY crazy, then do distance yourself!).
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post #12 of 21 Old 03-05-2015, 12:11 PM
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Like everyone else has pointed out….

The personality of the horse

The past experiences of the horse


The degree of change for the horse; new plants, new smells, new sounds (going from an urban or suburban setting to a rural one), going from being stalled mostly to being on pasture 24/7, being not worked regularly to being worked often, new feed, new hay, new feeding schedule.


if the people handling the horse are by nature themselves, nervous, confident, anxious or relaxed.

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post #13 of 21 Old 03-05-2015, 03:44 PM
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Originally Posted by karliejaye View Post

I would not alienate this woman, I would thank her for her help and advise and say you will watch over the transition very carefully. Having good, knowledgeable neighbors on your side is important, try not to burn the bridge when disagreeing with her (unless she really is just WAY crazy, then do distance yourself!).
I agree. in the horse world it's better not to alienate anyone and to handle things in a diplomatic way. However anything more than pointing out possible problems and things to watch out for is negative. Ms. Crazywomen made it sound as if the OP's (actually practical) plan was doomed to fail ! It also sounds like she has something against Welsh/Arabs and is not simply saying that this particular one is not the right horse in her opinion. By all means this should be handled politely but I would keep a distance from her
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post #14 of 21 Old 03-05-2015, 03:48 PM
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Depends on the horse, and the new environment. Yes, colic can be a risk when traveling or in stressful situations, but it shouldn't be THAT huge of a worry.

I am not saying that she's wrong in saying 3 months to settle, but she certainly isn't correct either.

I have one mare who has been at 5 barns in the time I have owned her. We bounced around a lot my first year owning her, due to trainer issues and BO issues (not the same person). Our second barn she never settled in. I had her there just over 5 months. There were a lot of contributing factors as to why she never settled, which I won't go into detail about, but she never did settle in. Otherwise she's always settled within minutes of being somewhere, she's an extremely easy going mare. She's been at 4 other barns in the time I have owned her, along with off property hacks and for shows of course, and she's fantastic. The only time I've ever seen her "not at home" off property was taking her on a hack with my pony, friend was on the mare and I on my pony, and pony had a major meltdown and mare fed off that, lol.

Also just want to say that Arab/Welsh is a lovely cross! I'd love to see pictures! My pony is welara and as much of a nutcase as she is, I've had her almost 12 years and I could never get rid of her. I'd 100% plan on getting another from the breeder near me in the future.
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post #15 of 21 Old 03-05-2015, 03:57 PM
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Really depends on how big a change its going to be for the horse
Despite all the 'natural' stuff a horse that been stabled a lot and kept in a more suburban setting with maybe one or two other horses in the paddock or even on its own will often struggle to settle in to a life in a rural area where its got to adapt to living out 24/7 with a larger herd and a strong pecking order
My horses took at least 3 months to adjust to living here with deer suddenly appearing in the field, the occasional bear wandering around and flocks of wild turkeys descending amongst them - now they ignore it all.
The more high strung or reactive the horse the harder it is for them.
Our newest horse is great when she's got a human with her but 8 months of living here and she still worries about wildlife wandering along the wood to the side of her paddock and doesn't seem to take confidence from the other horses
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post #16 of 21 Old 03-05-2015, 04:01 PM
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Just to add - the welsh x arab is one of the most common UK mixes to produce a top jumping/competition pony. I've owned quite a few and had dealings with many more - they are on the whole very intelligent, very trainable and very talented but they do tend to be 'high geared' so not always ideal for someone wanting a steady eddie - there are always exceptions of course.
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post #17 of 21 Old 03-05-2015, 09:00 PM
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It depends on the horse. I had a loan mare for two months and had to send her back beacause she was so unsettled ad problematic. My new loan mare has fitted in literally since the day she set foot on the yard.
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post #18 of 21 Old 03-06-2015, 12:05 AM
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Generally it won't take that long.

I move my horse a lot, probably more than I should, but he is great with it. Settles down immediately. It helps that I am there, he gets the same feed, same handling, same gear etc. Moving to a new home with a new owner can take a while for the horse to really show it's true colours, but usually that has to do with them testing a new owner and structure.

I wouldn't be too worried, do what you do.
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post #19 of 21 Old 03-06-2015, 12:22 AM
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It could absolutely take that long or longer. That doesn't mean you can't use the horse during that period of time, but he may not be his usual self -- he may not be the horse he was when you tried him -- for quite some time.

Some horses are very sensitive. And it's not just the location that changes. It's the food, the pasture mates, the routine, the tack, the rules, the herd dynamic, the footing, the smells in the air, the taste of the water, the sounds at night.... And, of course, the human.
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post #20 of 21 Old 03-08-2015, 09:30 PM
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I agree, adjustment time really depends on every horse... my first horse was comfortable and adjusted within the first day of him being trailered up to his new home. He made friends instantly with the other horses in the paddock, explored his stall, munched on his hay, and was an angel his first time in the ring. However, other horses that have been brought to my barn have taken months to get used to the place and were spooky and headshy for a while before finally settling in. The most likely thing, is that your horse won't get stressed out by these changes, as long as you keep him on a regular schedule with the same kind of feed in each place. Don't sweat it too much ;)
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