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horsepassion94

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My new horse is finding it difficult to settle in is it normal?

 Hi, I bought a new horse almost two weeks ago, when she settles she is fine to ride but it seems that every little noise seems to make her on edge paritcularly cows and i'm worried i will loose trust :( She also keeps pulling me around and the owner said that she was fine on the ground is it something to do with me being a new owner? Please help!

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: My new horse is finding it difficult to settle in is it normal?

Horses can take up to 6 months to settle properly in a new place, so just take things slowly, try to spend as much time as you can with her getting her trust, and do lots of groundwork.

Yes, it probably is partly to do with having a new owner, and also being in a new place, she'll have to get used to everything and until she does she may try testing you out as well, so you'll have to be very positive with her and be firm but fair.

I'm sure she'll settle down and enjoy herself with you soon, so good luck :o)

The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man - Winston Churchill

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brook

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brook says:

Re: My new horse is finding it difficult to settle in is it normal?

Totally agree with Sue, try not to worry as it's very early days for your horse. I find that the key is consistent practices, a routine to help the horse feel secure and to be relaxed as you possibly can around her. they are all different and some will settle quicker than others, you will probably see slightly different behaviour over the four seasons so it can really take a year to get to know your horse properly. Good luck i'm sure that she will settle soon, enjoy her X

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horsepassion94

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Re: My new horse is finding it difficult to settle in is it normal?

 Thankyou thats very helpful :)

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