Get off your high horse, bring your home.
What to expect when you get off your high horse? Bring your home.
Buying a new horse and bringing it home is very exciting, even for experienced horse owners. It’s an exciting time for the horse too. They will have been confiscated from familiar surroundings and separated from pastures. Water may taste different. The lining can change slightly, and things like shelters, stalls and fences will be in different places. There are new people, members and schedules to learn about.
Any changes that can get off your high horse make you nervous. Some will become very unstable and take some time to adjust, while others will feel good quickly.
Before your horse arrives
Before your horse arrives, you will want to get a few things ready. Ensure you have enough hay or that your grass is healthy and sufficient to provide for your horse. Have a source of clean fresh water available. And make sure there is a place for your horse to take shelter. You may want to get a stall ready if your horse becomes part of the day or night. This means that the bedding must be ready, and the hay and water are good.
Your horse should be healthy before you bring it home. You do not want to be responsible for the spread of strangles or other diseases.
The horse’s new home
Before your horse arrives, you want to ensure that the horse’s new home is safe and comfortable. Inspect fences, stall walls, gates, doors and ground for any hazards that a new horse may injure.
Make sure all fences are sturdy and in good condition. A nervous horse can jump over a pedestal door, try to order with a fence or climb to the gate. Hopefully, this is not the case with your new horse, but it is best to be aware and make things as safe as possible. At first, the horse’s behavior may seem quite different from what it was like in his previous home.
Most horses sit down after a while. Being moved to a new home is very stressful for a horse. Some horses take it in stride; others are more conspicuous.
Members and connections
If there are other horses, you want to get spots where your horse can see them from a distance but not mix immediately. Different people have different methods of introducing a new horse to a herd. We’ve discussed it by introducing a new horse to a herd, so you may want to check it out. It will take time for your horse to get used to his new home, and it may take some time before your horse finds his place in the herd bag order. Expect nervous eyes before everyone goes to bed.
You will also want to be safe as you can get to know your new horse better. So it would help if you had a place to tie your horse securely. Grooming is a great way to get to know your new horse. Again, tie your horse securely. During grooming, you may find your horse likes or dislikes specific brushes or is brushed in somebody’s regions. Most horses like their chests are scratching, which can be a way to make friends. Be careful about brushing or scratching around slopes and bellows, and these can sometimes be sensitive spots.
Go slow and use these sessions to learn about your horse and what you need to work on. Try to be with the new horse as much as you can so that it can get used to the way you do things.
If you are confident and your horse seems happy, you will probably want to ride your horse right away. Keep in mind that your horse will be in a new environment, which may affect his behavior. Be confident, but do not be too demanding the first few times out. This is the time to know for both of you, so you want to take things one step at a time. The horse wants to look around and maybe even smell things, which is normal.
First of all, you want to keep your new horses in line with what they have received before. Make stream changes slowly.
If your horse has not been kept on pasture, slowly introduce it to lush grass. A rapid change from hay to pasture grass can cause problems. If your horse is used to a specific type of hay, you may want to buy some bales so you can switch slowly. Be sure to have salt available. You may even want to show your horse where to find water, shelter and hay, especially if he is alone. A horse, however, should have some companionship. Horses are herd animals and are safer when with other horses or accompanying animals.
What to watch
If your horse is losing or gaining weight, is being slaughtered by other herders, or showing other signs of stress, it is time to make some changes. It can take several months before your horse knows his new home. The first year is a study for you both when you spend all seasons, weather and different situations together. The real connection between a horse and the owner takes time, as does the horse’s adaptation to his new home.