How to Prepare for a New Horse

Bringing home a new horse can be incredibly exciting. You’re most likely counting down the days in anticipation, but don’t neglect the things you need to do in order to prepare for the new arrival. While every horse is different, it can sometimes be difficult for a horse to adjust to a new home, especially if the proper preparations haven’t been made. We’re here to help you out by providing you with a few tips on how you can get your property ready.

One of the most important things you need to do is fully inspect your barn. Even if you currently have some horses staying in it, a complete inspection should be performed to ensure everything is up to standards. The last thing you want is for a horse to become sick or injured do to a barn that is in need of upkeep.

Inspecting the fences around your property is also a good idea. If the horse is scared and in an unfamiliar environment, it may be more likely to wander off. If there is a weak spot in your fence, the horse may try to get out. While this obviously won’t be the case once a horse has gotten used to the environment, this is something you need to watch out for in the early days and weeks.

Finally, make sure you fully prepare the specific area where the horse will be spending most of its time. The stall should be cleaned and have everything the horse needs to survive, including a fresh water bucket and hay.

Follow these tips and your new horse should have no trouble adjusting to life on your property!