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post #1 of 12 Old 07-05-2020, 08:44 AM Thread Starter
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Red face Here I am!

Hello everyone, I've been a lurker for years but I only recently decided to register and join this wonderful community!

I'm Caesar, 31 years old guy from Northern Italy (on the Alps/Dolomites) and I'm super proud to announce that, after 20 years of horse riding leasing, I've bought my first very own horse a couple of months ago.

My horse is a 8yo gelding Haflinger, a breed thats quite popular here in Northern Italy on the Alps, they're used both for mountain trails or leisure riding.
My boy's name is Strudel and, needless to say, he's quite obsessed with juicy apples!

Vet check pre purchase showed no problems at all, he was just a bit out of shape because despite his young age the old owner kept him in a box for basically 3 years moving him maybe once every few months, no paddock no anything. He had a little thrush hole in his back-left frog but we've taken care of it with proper disinfectant and copper sulphate, the horse is healthy and runs freely in his new fancy paddock eating a lot and socializing with the other horses.
He's slowly building good muscles now that I'm working him almost daily.

I'm just developing an extremely bad anxiety thinking irrationally the horse might be sick or something, I maniacally check his feet to make sure they're clean and not too dry/not too wet and I worry every time he slips a bit on concrete surfaces because he's a bit clumsy and, like I said, a bit out of shape.

Is it normal to overworry about stupid things when you bought your very own first horse?

Seeking advices on how to manage my anxiety with this horse. Im glad when I ride him but I truly worry about too many things (I'm a very anxious guy but this never happened with the leasing horses I've had for over 20 years).

But I know the little Strudel is healthy and happy.
Every day when I'm visiting him at the farm next to my house where I keep him, he sees my car approaching and neights and nicker at me trotting around for a cuddle or a snack. He's extremely quiet, sweet, smart and truly lovely. A big blond doll.

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Well, what else to say...thanks for reading and looking forward for advices or your own experiences about your first horse!
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post #2 of 12 Old 07-05-2020, 09:15 AM
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WELCOME to the Forum!!

What a beautiful part of the world you call home....The Alps.
Someday I wish to visit & see them...

So, I think being a first time horse-owner it is common to be super concerned of any and all things concerning your horse...
Strudel is your first horse and although you had leases, those leased were not yours.
As you become more confident, assured in what your horse is and does you too shall not be so concerned about just everything.
When concerned it helps to share and get reassurance from others you are doing it right, or words of wisdom there is a better, a easier way to achieve.

It takes time for a horse to adapt to a different lifestyle, one now where the animal is allowed to be out of a box and be with a herd of horses, allowed to run, play, self-exercise and roam to graze...
Sounds though like you have yourself a really nice animal...the very best with Strudel.
He sure is a beauty.

Do share some of your adventures with us and we love pictures.
Welcome to the forum and being a member not a lurker.
This is a nice group of members who all have the common horse-lover to connect us to each other.
I look forward to reading adventures and your participation on our many varied areas of this forum.
Again, a big welcome to you and Strudel!
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post #3 of 12 Old 07-05-2020, 10:21 AM
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Welcome to the forum! Your horse is so cute!

I had the same kind of anxiety, and for me it just took time and, I guess, going through some minor incidents. I got my horses almost 2.5 years ago, after no real prior experience with horses or riding. I remember the first time Moonshine went lame. I thought it was the end of the world. I couldn't sleep because I was sure she was going to have to be put down. Or, best case scenario, she'd be lame for the rest of her life. We never found the cause -- it was probably just a stone bruise -- and she was back to normal in a few days. Now, with three horses, I've gone through a lot, and "they're going to die!" is no long my very first thought whenever something is wrong. With time I'm sure you will feel the same way.
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post #4 of 12 Old 07-05-2020, 11:47 AM
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I think it’s comparable to first-time parents - every scratch and bump is a cause for panic in the first few months. Bottles and dummies are sterilized. Mozart is being played in the nursery. By the time the baby is a toddler, the kid is lucky to get their dummy distractedly blown on by the mum after it falls to the ground and before it gets plopped back into their mouth. :)

Your horse is really pretty and shiny.
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post #5 of 12 Old 07-05-2020, 12:37 PM
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Welcome to the forum! He is beautiful!

I also own a Haflinger.
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post #6 of 12 Old 07-05-2020, 01:38 PM
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Welcome! I've no advice on the anxiety thing. I'm going through that right now too. I've owned horses my whole life, yet I've just got my dream horse and everything that he does I'm like "Is he colicking" "Is he okay" "Why is he pawing?" "Is he too hot?". So, I guess, just know that there is others out there like you!
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post #7 of 12 Old 07-05-2020, 01:58 PM
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Originally Posted by BlondRebirth View Post
Is it normal to overworry about stupid things when you bought your very own first horse?
First of all, welcome!
And yes, I think it is normal to worry more about your own horse than lease horses.
At least that happened to me too... After 4 years of owning my first pony I think I relaxed a little, though...

Enjoy the ride and Strudel!
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post #8 of 12 Old 07-05-2020, 03:41 PM
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Your horse is very handsome and does have a 'doll' face. Please take photos of him, lots of photos, do 'document' his change in body shape. As he become more physically conditioned, he will look different from the horse that spent 3 years in a box stall.

I am sure in his new life that he is as 'happy as a clam!" as we say here . ( I don't know why we say this, as I do not think clams are a particularly happy animal).
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post #9 of 12 Old 07-05-2020, 04:44 PM
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Welcome! I would agree that owning your first horse brings question after question about what's normal, what's right. This Forum is a great place for those questions.

Strudel is handsome and will look great as he develops muscle with slow, steady work. I just love his name. It really suits him!
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post #10 of 12 Old 07-05-2020, 11:26 PM
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Well isn’t he a cutie. St-lines from the look of it? Have you got his pedigree or anything like that, I’d just be curious about it.

Got my flufflinger when he was 8. He just turned 21 this year and acts like he hasn’t aged a day since.
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