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post #11 of 21 Old 12-02-2014, 03:01 PM
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When I bought our mare Tramp it was sight unseen, and I had a hauler bring her to me (not local), and we arranged for her to bring her to a local indoor riding arena since we were 2 hours off her trip so we met her there.. once we got her unloaded I looked over her, she wasn't stressed out so having the indoor there (middle of winter) figured it would be best to get a feel for her there, so after a half hour of her trip I rode her, then decided to keep her there for the night, went back the next day rode her again then loaded her up and took her home once home the next day I was riding her outside..
Now If I felt she was stressed out I wouldn't have, I would have given her a day or two, but that's just me, like someone else has stated show horses don't get to "settle" but usually they are brought up around moving to new locations, so when we're not dealing with a show horse, I pay attention to the horse, if they don't appear stressed out ride them, if they begin to get stressed out when riding, keep the ride short, end on a positive note and give them some time to settle in, all horses are different so you just need to pay attention to them.

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post #12 of 21 Old 12-02-2014, 03:07 PM
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We take horses to competitions and hunting and expect them to perform 100% the same day so if you want to ride I wouldn't worry about it.
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post #13 of 21 Old 12-02-2014, 03:19 PM
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Unless the horse has spent over 12 hours on a trailer I will ride the same day. If they have spent 12+ hours on a trailer I will wait a day or so depending how long the trailer ride was and how well they handled the trip (dehydration etc)
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post #14 of 21 Old 12-02-2014, 03:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Foxhunter View Post
I ride em straight away.
Me too.

I'm too excited to "play with my new toy" so they get ridden once we get home!!
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post #15 of 21 Old 12-02-2014, 07:35 PM
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Depends a lot on the horse, but the newest one I have we waited only 1 day & rode him. He was fine. He and my other horse instantly bonded the day before in the paddock. Turned them out together immediately with no issues.
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post #16 of 21 Old 12-02-2014, 08:07 PM
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As long as it takes to tack up!
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post #17 of 21 Old 12-02-2014, 08:22 PM
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If I was turning them out into a herd, I would let them settle down, get the herd figured out.
If they were going into a seperate corral, I would let them stand for a bit, brush them , lead them, mess on the ground for a while, then ride.
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post #18 of 21 Old 12-02-2014, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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Great info....Bad weather kept us from tacking up. Other questions is you don't mind

Thanks for all the replys, So I let him settle another day due to very poor weather, snow, sleat, ice...naa :) I forgot to mention that he had a 17 hr trailer ride and when he got here drank a good amount of water. He's been doing good. He went to bathroom the first day but I haven't notice him doing so today. He is being fed straight timothy and Quart n half of grain twice a day to start. Is it normal for him to go twice in one day and not the next? I do plan on getting on him tomorrow if the weather is decent but it may rain. I just want to make sure everything is working properly. He came with thermal blanket on him as he is short clipped. He rolled a few times as soon as I took it off and has today. Should that be a concern? Or is he just itchy? He never had a blanket on prior as he came from a heated barn. Much appreciated.
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post #19 of 21 Old 12-03-2014, 10:09 PM
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Give them three days or so, if everything go's well hop on! If you have to coenteen the horse or move him around the barn Id give them a week.
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post #20 of 21 Old 12-06-2014, 07:17 AM
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I think it really depends on the horse. We've had a couple of ponies we rode the next day, but I think you need to take your cue from how well they are settling. To say that we take them to shows/forest/etc and expect them to ride straight away is different, as then they know us, the rider, and can look to us for reassurance. But if you've just bought a new horse/pony that you've maybe tried once or twice (or not at all) and expect them to be calm enough to ride straight away in a new environment where they cant look to a familiar person for guidance, is not always going to work.
We just got a new pony (yay!) for my girls, and I think she's going to need a bit of settling in time, as she's spent the majority of her 14 years at one home with the same people. To expect to take her to a new stimulating environment at our agistment, with people she doesn't know, and have her behave perfectly is just not realistic in this situation, and I wouldn't put my kids on her yet. She was beautifully calm and willing when my daughter tried her out, but I can clearly see the move has stressed her out and she is very on edge. Not the circumstances in which I want my kids riding her.
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