RBEI MASTER COURSES: EQUINE MANAGEMENT:
PADDOCKING & STABLE MANAGEMENT 6
All horses are unique individuals and will be slightly different in their needs as far as paddocking and stabling management are concerned. You should have this in mind prior to getting a new horse and prepare as much as you can prior to their arrival to avoid any undue stress or discomfort.
So much can upset a new horse in their new home. Aside from being torn from all they have known, there are so many things that could make settling them in difficult.
Hierarchy adjustments if they are going in with other horses and the injuries and stress this can cause, change of water, feed, sounds, people, local animals such as cats and dogs, surrounding environments and the fears it presents, the horse finding it's place and purpose in it's new family. Different routines and fencing. Different expectations and communication methods.
They may take security from particular horses and not others, or particular people and not others. Each horse is unique and has unique experiences. It is imperative all precaution is taken by those around horses who are not yet settled, they will be jumpy, flighty, stressed, unpredictable, can stand on feet, knock you out of the way shying at something new, act up.
Horses should be left to process new homes mentally, with the clear headspace to do so. If the headspace is not provided and horses asked to concentrate as per normal, this will only result in frustration, distraction and digression of training and relationships.
Putting yourself in horses shoes so to speak goes a long way when it comes to weighing up what actions need to be taken when and where ;)
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