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post #1 of 9 Old 08-31-2014, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-31-2014, 01:52 PM
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Where are the pictures??? I would imagine she is probably a little nervous. New home, new people. I'm sure she will settle in. Good luck on Tuesday!
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Let's see if this is the right link.... She's the grey one.
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post #4 of 9 Old 08-31-2014, 05:59 PM
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My (now) very calm mare was a spooky freak when we first brought her home. It took her a couple weeks to totally calm down. We groomed her all over the property, took her in hand all over, and had some easy rides to make it all as non-threatening as possible. Now she's awesome, just like she was when I trialed her. So don't worry! It just takes time to adjust.

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Yeah, horses are generally nervous in new situations, and this is a big move for her, especially if she's never been off her 'home turf' away from her herd. I'd be feeding extra magnesium, and getting her in with your other horse asap, as them being able to develop a relationship(not just over the fence) will also help her settle.

I don't know from your post how experienced you & your husband are, or how well trained or otherwise the horse is for certain things, but I always advise getting to know a new horse without assuming it's training, so start at the start, make sure she knows the basics before riding, make sure she's comfortable with you riding at home before taking her out, etc. Some lessons with a trainer, or at least working her with an experienced eye looking on may be a good idea to start with, if you're not sure what you're doing.
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Yeah, horses are generally nervous in new situations, and this is a big move for her, especially if she's never been off her 'home turf' away from her herd. I'd be feeding extra magnesium, and getting her in with your other horse asap, as them being able to develop a relationship(not just over the fence) will also help her settle.

I don't know from your post how experienced you & your husband are, or how well trained or otherwise the horse is for certain things, but I always advise getting to know a new horse without assuming it's training, so start at the start, make sure she knows the basics before riding, make sure she's comfortable with you riding at home before taking her out, etc. Some lessons with a trainer, or at least working her with an experienced eye looking on may be a good idea to start with, if you're not sure what you're doing.
We have the two horses together after they are done eating and everything went really well. They hang out together and there was no fighting at all.
we've been riding horses for nearly 30 years. I used to do endurance. Lost a bit of confidence along the way but if I ride a horse that isn't going to buck or bolt - I'm totally fine.
The last horse I had bucked and bucked me off quite hard. He was just a bucker and after a year trying to get him to knock it off - well, I felt less and less comfortable with him so he went down the road to his original owner. I found out that she ALLOWED it all his life. So..... NOT the horse for me.
Going out today for our first ride on the trails here. Going to take the easy open trail and just go for a short one. Need to try the saddle that I think works on her etc.... Husband is going with me.
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Congrats on the new mare ^^ She is lovely

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post #8 of 9 Old 09-02-2014, 01:21 PM
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hoping your ride was fine and no spooks. I don't care for the high strung horses any more.
I like the ones that walk down the road and do not care whats going on . i dont want a total dead head , but dont want to be dealing with spooks either.
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post #9 of 9 Old 09-02-2014, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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The ride went really well!! We have to work on trailer loading. That is going slow. I thought she would get in better with the other horse in first but not really. But she'll get the hang of it.
She just goes along on the trail. Trotting nicely. Doesn't care if she leads or gets behind the other horse. She sort of spooked once. Wasn't really a spook but a "I don't know about this." There was a sign and two big rocks. But with me guiding her and letting her know I was there for her and she needed to trust me, she went thru just fine.
No fight, she just listened to me. I think with time with her she'll learn she can completely trust me. She is a smooth trotter and has a nice canter. We didn't do too much today. Just a short hour and a half or so ride. She needs slow conditioning. Looks like my saddle fits her really well. It's the bighorn. Sweat pattern was really nice. Even sweat all around. No dry spots. She seemed to move fine in it.
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