Moving from Southern California to Northern Virginia -- transition tips?
Hello all :)
It looks like I'll be moving myself and my horse across the country within the next month or two and am preparing for a huge adjustment for both of us.
Right now he is boarded in Southern California where grass pastures simply don't exist. He has a 12x24 indoor stall where he is all day and all night. I do turn him out in the arena but this isn't a service provided by the barn and is only done when myself or a friend is there to babysit him.
He's fed flakes twice a day and I supplement him with grain at night. There is no grazing. The weather is mostly warm and he's clipped in the winter with a light sheet.
After we move he'll get turned out in a grass pasture during the day to graze and brought into a stall at night. There will be a wide variety of weather and it will be much colder than he is used to.
I think he will be much happier in horse country and have a significantly better quality of life but I am worried about the adjustment.
Do you have any tips for transitioning him safely into spending the day in the pasture and grazing? Any special considerations for the very different weather? I'm also contacting SmartPak to see if they have suggestions for changes to make to his supplements.
He's a pretty amiable guy and (knock on wood) a very easy keeper. I just want to make sure I'm doing everything I can to keep him from getting sick as he adjusts to a very different life!