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post #1 of 21 Old 12-01-2014, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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How long to wait to ride after bringing horse to new home

We just got our pally this am and are settling him into his new environment. My minnie is causing quite the stir lots of squelling and pawing. Hopefully this is not a bad sign. Anyways...should I let him settle in for another day or two, lead him around the property, let him run in the pasture a bit before I tack up for the first time? Don't want to push and want the first ride to be successful. Thanks Again for any input. Pictures coming as soon as I figure out how to post them.
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post #2 of 21 Old 12-02-2014, 12:47 AM
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I would give him a day or two to settle in, then ride.
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post #3 of 21 Old 12-02-2014, 04:27 AM
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i rode my new horse around the paddock bareback two days after he arrived. Then the next day took him out for a ride by himself, he was good as gold. Also i had a mini grazing with him at the time and she was squealing away at him for a good few hours when he arrived haha. Mini's have to compromise on size, but BIG vocals :p
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post #4 of 21 Old 12-02-2014, 05:35 AM
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I ride em straight away.

I cannot see the theory about 'letting them settle' If you take them to a show, trailer them off somewhere for a ride you do not give then time to get use to their environment.

Some horses might be a bit restless in the stable however, if their roding work is established I would ride them straight away.
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post #5 of 21 Old 12-02-2014, 05:49 AM
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I too would ride straight away, but I would expect some settling in issues such as napping and spookiness as that would be normal.
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post #6 of 21 Old 12-02-2014, 08:10 AM
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I rode my horse just a day or two after I got him.
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post #7 of 21 Old 12-02-2014, 09:09 AM
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I have always have well trained horses and ridden immediatly. When I took one that was green broke to a trainer they also rode immedialtly.
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post #8 of 21 Old 12-02-2014, 09:59 AM
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Unless weather makes me not want to, I've always ridden as soon as they got there. Shoot, I rode my mare between barns during our move before.
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post #9 of 21 Old 12-02-2014, 11:07 AM
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If the horse is a trained riding horse and that's what I got her for, I ride right away, I start right off as I mean to continue. I see no reason to wait as the horse is more likely to object to new things after being there for a while and has settled into a non riding pattern.
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post #10 of 21 Old 12-02-2014, 11:18 AM
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In the UK if you purchase a horse from the sales then you have 48 hours in which to return it should anything be different to what was in the sales catalogue.

No good allowing a horse to settle before trying it!
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