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smurf77

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smurf77 says:

How long did you leave it before you hacked out your new horse?

I'm going to collect my new horse tomorrow.  I was going to bring him back to the yard and just spend some time grooming him and bonding with him then hack him out on Sunday and school him after work during the week when I'm a bit more pushed for time..  Does that sound ok? 

How long did you all wait before you hacked out on a new horse or pony?

 

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soniadevereux

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Re: How long did you leave it before you hacked out your new horse?

i let mine get used to new smells and routines first. But then i am told I am a bit soft with mine. I left it 2 weeks before hacking out. You both need to get to know each other and in  my opinion the best way is on the floor doing ground work. You can see what manners he has and what upsets him/her and they can learn what is acceptable bahaviour. Good luck with your new horse. xx

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Rio186

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Rio186 says:

Re: How long did you leave it before you hacked out your new horse?

We just got a new horse too, and the owner insisted on bringing him to our yard, instead of us going to see him when we wanted to try him out.  He had mostly been a 'back up' horse, and had been taken out of the field on random occasions for the odd pleasure ride / hack, so was used to going to random places.  He arrived, was tacked up on our yard, and I rode him out around the farm.  The owner then left him with us on loan the same day, so the next day I took him out again, and we went on from there.  He settled in immediately, and we have never had a horse that has made himself so at home so fast!  He is still a little nervous of random things (happily walked past a hedge cutter in action, but freaked at a log in an open field!)  but that may just be his thoroughbrediness!  Basically, what I'm trying to say is it's each horse to its own, but the sooner you can get them established in a routine the better, and it's often better to start of with short hacks near home first.  Even so, if I had a choice I would definitely do want Sonia suggested with any other horse, instead of jumping straight in the deep end like we did with Beau!

Good luck!  Hope it all turns out well for you and your new horse! Xx

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SarahR123

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SarahR123 says:

Re: How long did you leave it before you hacked out your new horse?

6 weeks for the first horse (no saddle) and the next day for Missy.  She was good as gold.  Tehya wasn't!  If you have somewhere to ride that's safe and you feel confident, I'd be inclined to do it sooner rather than later BUT if the horse is very unsettled to handle on the ground, I'd give them at least a few days to settle in and just lunge or walk in hand and get to know each other first!

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annabelleh26

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annabelleh26 says:

Re: How long did you leave it before you hacked out your new horse?

I left him a week to settle in, no riding, just loads of grooming. Then i lunged him, schooled him the next day and hacked him last., just to get a feel for how he was feeling before we ventured out on our own Seemed to work, but my boy is verrrry laid back

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brook

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brook says:

Re: How long did you leave it before you hacked out your new horse?

When I bought Tenor three years ago he settled in fairly quickly so I took him on a short hack with a responsible friend the day after he arrived ! It really depends on the horse and your gut feeling, I don't think it's always a good idea to leave it for too long. Our first hack was on a quiet off road route just in walk.

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BHS1

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BHS1 says:

Re: How long did you leave it before you hacked out your new horse?

I generally ride the next day if they are a generally laid back sort of horse, so yes would hack the next day. I wouldnt go too far though as you wont know the horse that well, so purely for safety reasons its best to do the first several hacks in company. (sorry, sound like my mother.lol)

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CathySirett

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CathySirett says:

Re: How long did you leave it before you hacked out your new horse?

 I let my new horse settle into the herd, going in each day to make sure they got to know the routines -- then as soon as it looked as if they were settled I did a couple of groundwork sesisons in the field -- then took her out on an online hack to check out her responses and reactions -- quite happy I did that as she was a bit spooked by some things and knowing that means when I DO ride her it will be easier!

I was going to ride her the next day but her stiff manstring is playing up so that will ahve to wait a bit now

 

hope that helps!!

 

Cathy

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SymphonySun

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SymphonySun says:

Re: How long did you leave it before you hacked out your new horse?

 i hacked her the day i tried her out - which was also the day i bought her.. it was her first hack at that stables and she was amazing :) didnt flinch, there was a big beeping lorry.. building site.. motorbikes.. cars..cyclists and other horses hacking. just depends on the horse really! 

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