Changing stables - useful tips to avoid stress

In the life of you and your horse, it can always happen that you change stables. Whether it is because you have to move for work, the stable owner is closing due to age or health reasons, the requirements for your animal are not right or you are simply dissatisfied. There are many reasons.

If the topic of changing stables is now on the agenda, the following applies:

What you can do today, postpone...! This means that everything you can do early should be done. This will save you a hectic rush. After all, a move should be done calmly and carefully. You know, horses have antennae for this. They can smell when something is up.


Find out how long the notice period is in your stable. Important: Don't give notice if you haven't found a suitable stable yet! This could backfire. After all, looking for a stable is not an easy task. You and your darling want to be happy in your new home for a long time, don't you?

To find a stable:

Visit the stables, talk to the stable owners and riders (is the chemistry right?) and consider whether the conditions (feed, pasture, exercise, integration possibilities with open stables etc...) are right for your horse/pony.

If you have found a new stable, you can ask for the contract to be sent to you in advance. This will give you time to read through it and see if you like the conditions (e.g. worming, stable rules, paddock times, hall plan). If so, congratulations!

Don't forget to ask your farrier/orthopaedic surgeon if he would also travel to the new stable. If the new stable is too far away, find an alternative that fits in with your hoof care intervals.

Process standing orders in good time!

Also worth considering:

If your new stable is far away, your horse is difficult to load or you generally mutate into a bundle of nerves during big events, then think about requesting a day off from the boss.

Horse health

A big topic before the move.

Clarify which vaccinations are required, whether a health check (e.g. for druse) must be carried out and whether a worming treatment should be administered to the horse beforehand.

In fact, it makes sense to give the horse a worming treatment before you change horses. The reason for this is that the horse does not bring any parasites into the new herd and is not doubly burdened if it picks up new ones there.

Such conditions vary from stable to stable. The same applies to open stables, of course. So we ask and order the veterinarian promptly, if necessary.

The mental state of the animal also belongs to the category of horse health. So it is quite reasonable to consult an animal healer. Especially if "loading the horse" means stress for both of you.

Bach flowers are a great help for the horse. Small globules - great effect. Maybe also something for your mind? Bach flowers give the horse and its owner back some security!

Has your partner been in a riding stable so far and is now supposed to move to an open stable? Then the following must be considered:

Does my horse have enough winter coat or do I have to cover him additionally? Do horseshoes have to be removed? Can it be separated to make protected contacts?

Very important:

Your horse will not be able to avoid a change of feed, regardless of whether it is in a riding stable or an open stable.

It would be helpful if you could take a small bale of hay with you. Mixed with the new hay, the horse's sensitive digestive tract can adjust more easily.

Does your horse get along with the grazing times? If you have a choice, it is better to move during the summer months. Your horse will already have been grazed and will be able to make friends with the others more easily in a large pasture area.

You should also be careful if it is a complete change of feed. For example, from hay to haylage or from lean pastures to strawy, lush pastures. In the worst case, your friend can get colic. Also, if your animal is suddenly put on straw, this can upset its digestion. Colic is not to be trifled with!

Transport to the new home

There should be no questions left unanswered. Such as:


  • Who can lend me a trailer if I don't own one?
  • Will I drive or would another person rather?
  • Do I need a transport company?
  • Have I taken the precaution of getting all my things together?
  • Have I stuffed a hay net for transport?
  • Will my horse even fit in the trailer?

Regarding the latter, I would like to say:

Use the time to get your treasure used to loading and driving a trailer. Many horsemanship trainers offer great workshops on this. It's a very sensible thing to do and in any case a task that you can grow with as a team. Loading a horse becomes a routine child's play.

Later, choose a quiet place (without onlookers!) for loading! Then you will be much more relaxed.

Finally there!

When you arrive at the new stable, examine your animal. Everything in one piece? Great! If it has sweated, put a sweat blanket on it. Maybe a little walk around the grounds will help? If it is still too excited, it is better to take the horse to its box/paddock.

As soon as the hay is plucked, calmness usually returns. If the watering system has changed for the animal, it makes sense to observe whether the horse drinks. And the horse will certainly not object to a relaxing massage with a massage stick.

Snort together. If you breathe in and out slowly, your Hotti will do the same.

Be happy, you have made it!