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.
Well, what else to say...thanks for reading and looking forward for advices or your own experiences about your first horse!