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Aug 11

Posts: 6

mk5698 says:

moving yards..any tips

Hi All,

I have owned my horse since September last year and she has been stabled at the yard were i bought her from, she is my first horse any way she was on working livery and i've not been totally happy with the arrangement with  the yard anyway without going into the in's and out's I have decided to move her to a smaller yard, the yard at the moment has about 70 horses and the new yard will have 18 horses max the new yard seems really nice, my mare is very highly strung and hates fuss, noise and pony club messing around thats one of the reasons we are moving.

anyway what i want to know is whats the best way to go about settling her into the new yard, i have no idea about routines etc, (working livery - its all done for me!) even if i ask they change stuff weekly.. the new yard is DIY.

so she will be moving on a evening after work, and i will have the following week off to get her settled, should i leave her in her box for the first night then turn her out for the day following, bringing back in for the night?

when should i think about riding her? straight away or leave her a bit?

sorry for the long waffely post got all these questions whizzing around in my head.


I'm feeling very anxious about it

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Apr 11

Posts: 115

Bananas says:

Re: moving yards..any tips

i had the same problem with my first pony 3 years ago (still have him) i went from a 20 horse yard to a 6 horse yard and the lady at the yard said i should just do the norm i left him in the first night next to his new field mate then road him in the morning then let him out and just went about the norm and he settled in very quick just spend a lot of time with her so she knows someone and make shore she gets to know some horses on the yard befor she goes out and id leave her in the first night and ride be for turing out :) hope it all goes well :) good luck

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Apr 08

Posts: 1276

pippixox says:

Re: moving yards..any tips

being on diy you will make your own routine, and i would just plan and stick to that relatively rigidly to help her settle, i personally would give her atleast 2 days off completly, then do a bit of in hand work for a few days, maybe lunging, then after a week ride.

dont know what the field arangements are? but i would keep her on her own next to others first, so they can get to know each other over the fence, and then after 2 days put her in a field with one other and keep a close eye!

good luck, my first horse was at a huge yard and then we moved to a much smaller one and straight awway he settled in and relaxed, on the first day we turned him out with another horse and he didnt go crazy just started grazing. they pick up on the calm atmosphere

my horses are my medicine, without them im even more crazy!

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Aug 10

Posts: 5196

kevinhiatt says:

Re: moving yards..any tips

I have done what you have done twice, the first time was bring horse home due to circumstances this worked well for 20 years until I lost my beautiful Tonka, then brought an ex- racehorse rescue home then after 12 months lost her due to a twisted gut, then brought my latest horse home which did not suit her so was rehomed at a DIY yard which helped me out but due to many issues mainly due to duty of care issues with the yard and barbed wire being the main fencing as well as binder twine used as gate hinges and also lead ropes used for many purposes other than the purpose they were meant for. I was found by a very helpful owner of a horse transport firm who also used to work for the same Engineering Design Company as myself a lovely DIY yard with a good YO and friendly people who help each other and are as paranoid as myself. I left my horse in the first night as it was the afternoon when I moved yards, then introduced her to the only other horse there, now they have been joined by a gelding and has made my mare a right flirt, but horses and people so chilled out so it effects the horses, no stress. I was worried the first time the 2 horses met but sniffed noses and a squeak that was it, went of grazing together in a 10 acre field. So the very best of luck and if you are in the Lichfield area we ave 7 stables available each with their own store / feed room. Contact me for more details.

Gypsy Gold does not chink & glitter.It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark.Tonka & Lara my beautiful horses RIP, Nelson,Chloe & Kitty the cats.

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May 12

Posts: 23

lottyshona says:

Re: moving yards..any tips


I find moving yards stressful!!! Because you have to remember everything, brushes, feed, buckets, ect. Let alone the tack & rugs!!!! But i was like a outsiderl at that yard and now i am at home with it all!!! Shona is put in the teletubie field and we get on perfectly maybe thats an idea for you? But anyway

Good Luck!!

lotty & troublesome shona


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Feb 10

Posts: 451

SarahR123 says:

Re: moving yards..any tips

Good luck! :o)  When we've moved, we've given them a day or two off.  She'll possibly need to be in for a day or two as the new yard will probably want her to be wormed before going out on their grazing. Ideally she should be out next to her field companions for a day or two and then they should be brought into her field rather than the other way around.  That makes the existing horses the newcomers to "her" field and helps to avoid nastiness.  Not all yards do this so if she has to go straight out with the new horses, consider rugging and booting her to make her as "protected" as possible if they get nippy!


A routine will help her settle - as will keeping her feed the same as she's been on (although you'll prob have to reduce it if she's not going to be working so hard)  Get the yard you're on now to give you her routine now and stick to it as closely as you can for a while on the new yard, then gradually bring her on to a routine that suits you! 


Finally. ask for advice or help if you need it - better to feel a bit daft than cause problems for your horse!  Most people are only too happy to help and will be very kind.  Sounds like a smaller yard will sort your horse down to the ground - hope it goes well for you :o)

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Apr 12

Posts: 12

TonOfHats says:

Re: moving yards..any tips

When I moved my horses from a huge and fussy yard to a really small one, they settled in straight away!
On the first day, I turned them out for a few hours so that they could stretch their legs and meet their new friends over the fence, then I put them in for the evening and spent all evening grooming them in their new boxes for them to get used to it. 
I didn't wait long to start riding because my horses need a lot of exercise, but I did some lunging and free jumping at first for them to get used to the surroundings of the school before hopping on, I also spent a lot of time grooming them around the yard so that they could get used to the noises of the dogs and sheep. 
If your horse needs frequent exercise then don't wait more than three days to get in the saddle as she'll need to work for her to let out the steam of being in a new place, if she's pretty laid back then just spend time walking her around the yard and brushing her, so that she gets used to the sights and smells of her new home :)
Also, I advise you to check out the trails on foot before hacking her out (if you plan to) so that you can be aware of anything that might spook her, and then maybe lead her on those trails too for her to get some time away from the yard :) 

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