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post #1 of 21 Old 05-25-2016, 08:20 AM Thread Starter
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Moving barns a few days before show?

Before you all say it, I'll just come out and admit I'm undoubtedly overthinking this again. But given that I have the ability to plan this out and a flexible living arrangement for Harley, I'd like to see what your advice may be.

Our barn is nearing completion. It's possible Harley could move in this weekend. However, my daughter has her first show on him the following weekend. And we may be getting a new horse as early as this weekend as well (pending PPE). When I brought Harley here and put him in the pasture, he got worked up so I have reason to believe it will take some time for him to adjust. We will have a stall for the duration of the show and it's not a stressful show - just a fun show.

So, of all these scenarios, which would you choose:

1 - I bring Harley over this weekend, maybe the new horse shows up as well, but I keep them separated (different pastures, side-by-side stalls) and he has a week to get to know the place before he has a show. He can get to know the new horse over the fence.

2 - I leave Harley at the boarding barn until show day. The new horse comes in the meantime and has a few days here to herself (no idea how that will go - I know she's used to being moved, but is also used to living in a herd and may be lonely). After the show, rather than trailer Harley back to the boarding stable, I bring him here (most of my tack and stuff will be with me anyway). He arrives tired, possibly anxious, to meet his new stable mate who has already been here a few days.

3 - Stop worrying and just move the horses when I move the horses ;)

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post #2 of 21 Old 05-25-2016, 08:45 AM
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I think with 2 you are going to find you are running all over the place and it is just going to get time-consuming and stressful.

I would keep the two horses apart till after the show. They would probably be fine but if something awful is going to happen then sure as God made little green apples it will happen just before a show.

Relax and enjoy how exciting!! Good luck to your daughter at the show>
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They would probably be fine but if something awful is going to happen then sure as God made little green apples it will happen just before a show.



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3 - Stop worrying and just move the horses when I move the horses ;)
Yeah that. But when you figure out the ability to stop worrying, let me know the trick. I really don't think there's a wrong answer here, though. Harley's been to a show before, and it's probably not the Olympic Trials, right? Should be A-okay no matter what.
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When you have put a few more miles on the clock you will realize that things are going to happen or not happen, whether you worry or not. So why worry?
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When you have put a few more miles on the clock you will realize that things are going to happen or not happen, whether you worry or not. So why worry?
I know - I'm actually not that much of a worrier, but I AM a planner! And I want to set Harley up for a good show, but more importantly, a happy life at our place. I'm trying to put the odds in our favour that all will go smoothly. Like I said, it's really no big deal whether I leave him at the neighbor's for a few more days (they offered to let us stay for nothing if we needed to). Of course I WANT him here so bad, but I don't want to overstimulate him. New barn, new pasture mate, first horse show (with us - he's done tons) all in one weekend... seems like a lot for a sensitive horse.
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From the well-organized Master Drill Sergeant who worries about what to worry about next (me

1. If you weren't bringing the new horse home this weekend, I would say leave Harley parked right where he is, until after the show.

2. To really overthink this, If the mare is coming this weekend, which is worse?

Bringing her home to be by herself for a week or bringing Harley home, then loading him up for a show in a week? How will the mare handle just being moved, meeting her new friend, then having him ripped away (she doesn't know it's only for a few hours) and she may spaz out.

You will be at the show and will have no way of knowing if she gets tangled up in something.

3. What you're going to have to be really cautious about, is both horses becoming so buddy sour that one of them may get hurt anyway, when the other one leaves.

With your daughter's show season starting, you aren't going to always be able to take both horses together.

That is how I ended up with three then four horses

If I were to load Joker to take him somewhere, Rusty would have a meltdown.

If I were to load Rusty to take him somewhere, Joker would say "GREAT! More grass for me!" and keep right on eating.

4. In a perfect situation, it would be nice to take the mare to Harley's boarding barn until after the show and bring them home together.

However, given how Harley gets pushed around that isn't a good idea unless the mare could be separated from the rest of the herd.

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With two horses and leaving one behind, it's never easy to know the right thing to do. Which, not to beat a dead horse, is how I ended up with three then four
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post #7 of 21 Old 05-25-2016, 10:39 AM
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4. In a perfect situation, it would be nice to take the mare to Harley's boarding barn until after the show and bring them home together.
Yup, or of course you could ask the current owners to hold onto the mare for a week, and bring her home after the show.

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I suppose it depends a bit on whether the mare passes the PPE or not. In the event that she didn't, it would obviously be legible to leave Harley at the boarding barn until after the show. But seeing as you're fairly confident that she is hoping to pass (and I sure hope she does too!) then the real issue is how to introduce them. I would probably aim to bring them both home on the same day. They'll both be new together on your premises so neither of them are going to be in bossy mode (I know you said that they're both submissive sorts but anyway). They'll have a week to settle down before Harley's show.

Then the only remaining problem would be if the mare freaks at being left on her own, but that's something she'll have to get used to in any case. And maybe she'll be fine about Harley disappearing sometimes and leaving her behind. Let's not panic about what if she's barn sour when she's not even yours yet lol!

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They'll be fine!!

I do agree to put them in separate pens, as that's a good idea ANYWAY when you introduce new horses to each other.

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LOL, yes Bondre, this all hinges on the mare passing her vet exam. No decisions get made until that happens, but we will know the results tomorrow. However, I certainly won't bring Harley over to a big empty barn for him to pace and run the pasture back and forth, working himself into a frenzy for a week. If the mare doesn't pass, Harley stays put until after the show and I try to borrow a horse to keep him company.

We could probably push everything back to after the show if we needed to. I won't bring the new mare to the boarding stable only to move her again in a few days.

But if the mare can come this weekend, and Harley is ready to be moved, maybe I could let them get used to each other over the next week. I can take Harley on short trail rides on the property to see how the mare deals with being left alone. If she got worked up, I could stall her for the day I suppose.

Argh... so much to plan and organize!
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