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post #11 of 14 Old 07-24-2017, 01:18 AM
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First off, for a long haul, I would ask that he be given a Haynes of hay that had been soaked for a minimum of 40 minutes. This will help him keep hydrated.
Ask whoever you are getting him from, to pull his back shoes.

As far as turn out goes, I would have him on his own or with one of the other horses, turn him out with that horse and just let them be. Let him be able to see the other horses and slowly introduce them to each other.

Give him a time to learn to be a horse in a herd and to let down from racing fit before starting to work him.
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post #12 of 14 Old 07-24-2017, 01:40 AM
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We are starting him on an Ulcer Guard and calming supplement once he gets here. When I bring him back into work I will put him on MSM and see how it goes from there.

I believe I forgot to mention the 15.2 Quarter Horse Arabian cross will be going back to his owner, my instructor, in August. He was staying the summer for me to keep him in shape while the owner was away.

I am not too keen on the idea of using a shank chain on him, and judging by his videos I don't believe he needs one. I also do not like the idea of using Ace. For one reason, we do not have the money to buy Ace just for this (there is no other reason we would use Ace, and our vet only sells it in one size), secondly, I do not know how to properly give Ace.

I think I'll walk alongside him (with the halter, of course) while introducing the first pasture to him (I should have clarified in the original post I have three). After showing him the water source, fence lines, and shade ( 2/3 of our paddocks have trees for shade), I'll judge his attitude and temperament there before letting him go loose (without herd). I cannot afford to keep him in his stall with timed turnout. I can, however, afford to keep him separate from the herd for a few days while still being able to see them. On the off chance he is reacting well to the paddock(s), I may turn the herd out with him.

I have now thought of yet another question.

4. Different Climates. The climate average climate where he is at is normal to be in the 70s or 80s... It's normal where is he going for the weather to be over 100. How can I help him with climate shock? I know this weather is going to make him overheat almost immediately when he gets here.

Thank you all for the kind and helpful responses! With this newfound advice I feel more confident getting this new guy!
If he lives in Indiana he is quite used to hot and humid weather. It's been in the 90's with heat indexes well over a 100 and so thick you can't breathe for the past 2 weeks.

One thing you didn't mention was quarantining him from your other horses for a while. If he is coming from a track and traveling on a commercial hauler then I would be keeping him separated, including no shared fencing, tack, grooming tools or human, for 30 days. If you are the sole caretaker of your herd take care of the others first then him and do not wear the same clothes to the barn without washing them first, disinfect your footwear too. May sound extreme but better safe than sorry and with a couple of elders in your herd they may pick up things more easily.

A 10 hour haul isn't too bad. Our annual trip to MO used to take that + or - an hour or so. If we made it to camp too late to ride I'd stick them in a stall for an hour to let them rest, drink and get their land legs back and then I'd either go for a ride around camp while ponying the other horse or we'd take them for a good walk in hand. Back at home we just turned them loose in the pasture so they could stretch their legs on their own.
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post #13 of 14 Old 07-26-2017, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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He came to his new home yesterday and everything went fantastic! He accepted the paddock so well that we brought in the horses (one by one).

Two things happened that I did not expect. The older OTTB buddied up to the new one after driving him across the field for a minute. The Quarab was oddly enough the bully of the herd and beat the snot out of the new horse overnight. Thankfully he'll leave in August.

As expected, he went off his feed. I am going to coat it in cool calories to see if he'll accept it compared to his candied meals at the track.

Thanks to you all for your help and answers to my questions. I'm sure my new buddy, Shug (as in Sugar), would thank you if possible.
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post #14 of 14 Old 07-26-2017, 06:43 PM
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Great to hear it's all going well! He looks super cute!
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