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post #11 of 17 Old 05-20-2016, 08:50 AM Thread Starter
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Some horses do not do well by themselves, especially if it is the first time.
When you bring Harley home to graze for a while ( and keep on doing it) don't leave him out there long enough for him to eat his fill then start worrying about being alone, I would leave him in pasture for a while then put him in the barn to stop the running because that can develop into a bad habit. After he has been in the barn for a while, tack up and go back to the stable. He was probably quieter for you after a good run.
I agree with putting flags up on the fence to remind him where it is, I do that all the time, I cut plastic shopping bags into strips and tie them up if I don't have anything else.
Just did this the other day when we closed off one pasture, I put them on the gate to remind the horses it was closed before one of them decided to take off from the barn without thinking about the closed gate.
Happy to hear things are progressing so quickly for you
Excellent idea about stalling him for a bit! Will also put flags on the fence. I was really worried he was going to try to jump, not bust through, but the more intimidating it looks, the better. At first, I thought we'd put the top line rather high, but I'm glad we did!
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It takes about 7-10 days for horse's bacteria gut population to adjust to a new feed, so you should be fine on your plans of an hour, then half a day, then a full day on pasture at your place. Truthfully 1 1/2- 2 acres is not much grazing for a single horse, much less 2, so you will need a sacrifice area where you can put the horses while the grazing area recovers and grows. That also means you will need a good hay supplier so start looking for one now so you can get some before bringing any horse home permanently.


It really depends on the horse whether he is fine by himself or needs a companion immediately. Both our TWH's could can less if they get out of sight of each other or are taken off the place without the other. Our Belgian gelding was an only for about 3 weeks after my show gelding died----he never laid down and was a basket case by himself! The night we brought the TWH's home, he finally laid down to sleep and was a much happier horse, back to his normal steady eddie self for the rest of his life.


Enjoy having your horse at home----it really is satisfying to have him where you can see him whenever you want!
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post #13 of 17 Old 05-21-2016, 12:14 AM
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I really want to see pictures of the new barn!

I have nothing of importance to say haha.
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post #14 of 17 Old 05-21-2016, 12:33 AM
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I trailered a horse to a new place just down the road, however the horse didn't know where the new place was. Harley already knows so trailering won't fool him.

If you borrow a companion horse who is not used to grass you could use a grazing muzzle for a while.
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post #15 of 17 Old 05-23-2016, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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It takes about 7-10 days for horse's bacteria gut population to adjust to a new feed, so you should be fine on your plans of an hour, then half a day, then a full day on pasture at your place. Truthfully 1 1/2- 2 acres is not much grazing for a single horse, much less 2, so you will need a sacrifice area where you can put the horses while the grazing area recovers and grows. That also means you will need a good hay supplier so start looking for one now so you can get some before bringing any horse home permanently.


It really depends on the horse whether he is fine by himself or needs a companion immediately. Both our TWH's could can less if they get out of sight of each other or are taken off the place without the other. Our Belgian gelding was an only for about 3 weeks after my show gelding died----he never laid down and was a basket case by himself! The night we brought the TWH's home, he finally laid down to sleep and was a much happier horse, back to his normal steady eddie self for the rest of his life.


Enjoy having your horse at home----it really is satisfying to have him where you can see him whenever you want!
We have a sacrifice paddock - it's about 130 ft by 80 ft. And I've already lined up my hay supply. I have enough hay to feed two horses for a few weeks until they do the first cut and I can get fresh hay.

If you check out my other thread called "Thoughts on this horse", you can see that we found a horse and hope to bring it home (after PPE) within a couple of weeks! So Harley will soon have a friend. :)
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I really want to see pictures of the new barn!

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Will try to post some tonight! It's almost done!
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post #17 of 17 Old 05-23-2016, 02:59 PM
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Glad you have a reliable hay supply and a new buddy for your horse soon. Down here in our area, hay has been hit and miss due to the drought, finally get rains but at the wrong times, and building up of the cow herds lately. I'm lucky that my SIL is a hayman and he knows he better stay on the good side of his MIL (LOL!).
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