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post #1 of 26 Old 03-09-2017, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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Question Start riding now or just let her settle?

Hi All, I'm not new to horses, but I'm purchasing my first horse in like, forever. My gelding I've had for nearly 20 years has passed and I'm getting a new horse. Lacy is a 15 year old Appaloosa and she will live in my backyard. Here's the question. How much time do I give her to "settle in" and get used to me? She's had only 2 owners so she's not used to moving around. I'm sure this is an individual thing; the Paso Fino companion horse I adopted a year ago still doesn't seem really happy. Do I just jump on and start riding?!
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I just responded & it said 'internal error'. Weird.

Anyway, congrats on your new horse. :)

Have you ridden her before? What kind of stuff has she done before? English? Western? I would let her settle in for a bit. You can, however, groom her, hangout with her etc. feed her some treats, let her get to know you so she's comfortable with you. Even just hanging out with her in the yard is nice, so she can get used to you. Then maybe do some groundwork before you saddle up. Make sure your saddle fits properly, too! Do you have a trainer that can work with you?
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post #3 of 26 Old 03-09-2017, 11:16 AM
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Hi All, I'm not new to horses, but I'm purchasing my first horse in like, forever. My gelding I've had for nearly 20 years has passed and I'm getting a new horse. Lacy is a 15 year old Appaloosa and she will live in my backyard. Here's the question. How much time do I give her to "settle in" and get used to me? She's had only 2 owners so she's not used to moving around. I'm sure this is an individual thing; the Paso Fino companion horse I adopted a year ago still doesn't seem really happy. Do I just jump on and start riding?!
For a horse that is broke to ride, I always ride them the first day they are home. IMO, they don't need time to settle in.
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If she is broke and you want to go for a ride, go for a ride. When I got my 2 year old, I started ground work with her the day she got here.
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I have ridden her a little, just bareback. She hasn't been ridden in a while and has been a pasture ornament. We'll need to work on our communication skills, for sure. I rode my gelding the first day I got him 20 years ago, but I didn't know if sensibilities had changed since then. My saddle "should" fit, but I haven't tried it on her yet. (I ride western. Just puttsing around the neighborhood and trail rides.) I definitely will just hang with her. That's just as fun as riding!
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Well if she hasn't been ridden in awhile, definitely start slow then. :)
Even just getting on her & going for a walk is good, nothing too crazy. She is probably out of shape because she was a pasture ornament too.
I agree, hanging can be just as fun if not more fun than being in the saddle. It's definitely nice to start forming a bond.
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I guess it depends on the horse, if she seems calm in the new environment i dont think it will do any harm to hop on and go for a bit of a walk, maybe some trot. I wouldnt be asking her for anything more than basic forward and whoa and steering for a while though, especially if she's been out of work. as my trainer likes to say 'just go for a walk'. RIde her but dont work her hard for now!
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post #8 of 26 Old 03-09-2017, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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I pick her up Sat at noon. I'm going to let her settle in a little and make friends with my mare (I hope!). I took Mon and Tues off so I can spend some time just hanging out.
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A lot depends on you as a rider/handler
We used to buy a lot of horses and ponies in the UF from warranted sales so you had (at that time) 24 hours to try them out and return them if they weren't what they were supposed to be. We'd ride them within an hour of getting them home, first in a manège and then out on the roads. If they were sold as jumping horses we'd take them around a set of show jumps etc.
If a horse is sold as being quiet and easy going it shouldn't need a settling in period
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I know I anthropomorphize a bit, but I would give her a little time to settle because it is a change - I even did that when I moved my horse to a new barn (same owner, just new location!) because I didn't want him to feel overwhelmed at the new place away from his old herd. She would probably be fine with you riding on day one, but no harm in just doing ground things and grooming for a day or two. :) Congrats by the way, would love to see a picture of her when you get a chance!
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