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post #11 of 12 Old 07-07-2014, 07:25 PM
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Some form of turn out would be the best thing for him. Let him see things for himself and burn off some steam. On top of that I would walk him all around the property, where ever horses go so he can have a good look. This will help him relax, being able to see what's all around him. I know he's in quarantine right now, but let him see other horses, just no sniffing noses or getting too close. Leading him around and hand grazing him will give you a good opportunity to see what his personality is like when he's stressed. It also gives you a chance to do some ground work and establish boundaries and respect on the ground.
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post #12 of 12 Old 07-09-2014, 02:32 PM
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Must have for the first few days = Steel toe boots (sturdy footwear will suffice). Spending time with your new pony is the best thing, this is a great opportunity for you to establish that your going to be his rock. He might not seem interested that you are there, and will likely be pacing around trying to keep busy by eating, but trust me - he enjoys your company. Horses do not like to be alone. I found just being in the pen with my horse, talking with him, grooming all without a halter. Give him the option to run off and do his thing in the pen, he will come back when he's ready, and you can continue to brush and play with him. Have fun!! And don't forget your gloves if you decide to do some lunging without your trainer.
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