Just got a new horse yesterday. I re-homed my Morgan as he was too much for me. We have my husband's Arab and how this Arab. She's 10 years old and I pre-rode her at the place she was at and she did great on HER trails. Very calm and I felt fine on her.
I knew she'd be a bit nervous in a new place (all different to her). And she is. On guard and every little noise, she's like, WHAT"S that???
But she's not crazy. Just on guard.
The two horses seem to get along so far. They are separated but can touch each other over a wood fence and in the open stalls, they can reach each other. Can't tell who is going to be the boss yet as both horses have been at the bottom of the pecking order before. So, it's a coin toss on this one.
Husband's mare has shown more dominance so she might be the boss. He who moves feet first or looks away first - lower on the pecking order and so far husband's horse has made her look away or move away first just by looking at her. But no kicking or biting or anything :)
I went looking for a good, calm, safe trail horse and out of the 4 I rode, this one was very calm and hardly any spook on the trail. I see her here at the house, and I'm thinking... hmmm.... she sure is spooky here!
Could it be the new surroundings and she just needs to settle into the routine here? She's away from the horses she knows.
They never trailered her as the trail was out their back door. But getting her in wasn't really a big deal. She wasn't sure about it but when she stepped in after just asking a few times (she never pulled back or did anything bad), she just came in and I tied her up and she was fine. It was a two hour drive home and she never pawed or banged in the trailer.
Today I'm going to saddle fit and see if one of my two saddles work on her and fit the bridle on her and that's about it. I did brush her this AM and she seemed fine but she's used to being cross tied and I just looped the rope around ONE pole that I tie to and she wasn't too sure about that but she likes being groomed.
I'm hoping with time and a routine, she'll fit in and settle down.
I'm hoping to get her out for a trail ride on Tues. I have to work Monday. Hoping it goes well. New trail, etc.... My husband is going with me so she will have another horse to go with.