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Well, I'm moving my boy to a new barn tomorrow... it's much, much closer to ...
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    Changing Barns... Ideas to help transition?

    Well, I'm moving my boy to a new barn tomorrow... it's much, much closer to my house and has an arena twice the size of my old barn, plus I'm going to full care and will have more time for actually RIDING. Anyways I'm most worried about his transition - what can I do to make it least stressful? He's a former race horse so I know he's done lots of trailering but I know he's going to miss his BFF pasture buddies. Any ideas ???

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    Try to keep the routine as normal or stable as possible, don't change his feed! and it would be better for him to be able to run around in a paddock than be cooped up in a stable feeling stressed.
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    I always give my guys a gut supplement like Probios when we travel, it makes it a bit easier.

    If he has stall toys, etc, make sure you can set them up the way he likes them. Bringing your grain and even the same hay may also help.

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    Remember to take a bale or two of your old hay. Feed it to him at the new barn for a couple days, then introduce the new barn's hay until he's being fed only new barn hay. When you introduce him to the various points of the property, I advise doing it after a decent ride or lunge so he's in a relaxed or even tired mindset.

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    yes, I will definitely bring his "old" hay and feed to make that change gradually. he will have daily turnout at new barn too, so that part of his routine won't change... I'm probably more worried than I should be but I just want things to go smoothly!

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    Because Chavo is only at home 3-4 months a year, and moves between our farm, our trainers farm and the winter boarding facility he transitions well mentally. However, I've noticed when I have to move my guy, drinking water becomes an issue with him. He normally does not like the taste of the water at the new farm at first and takes him about 2 weeks to start drinking properly again. I've actually had to have the vet out to give him fluids. She suggested bringing several gallons of water from the previous facility to the one he is moved to, and add a half bucket of the "old" water to the "new" water until the old is gone. Unfortunately this just isn't an efficient way to keep him drinking. Well I found a product that helps him transition well to the new water and is guaranteed to get a horse to drink. It really does work, so now I always keep a couple packets in our tack box. It might be helpful...

    http://www.horsequencher.com/home.asp

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    Make sure you also give the horse a few days to acclimate to the new surroundings, sounds, smells, etc., before you expect a lot. There will be a lot of new stimuli.
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