How to Prepare for an Arriving Breyer Horse

Three Parts:Setting Up the Living AreasPreparing the Horse GearIntroducing the New Horse

If you've just bought or you're expecting a new Breyer or Schleich horse (toy horses), prepare for its arrival by readying the stable.

Part 1
Setting Up the Living Areas

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    Create a stall just for the new horse. This can be inside a stable or just a small standalone stall.
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    Make the stall comfortable. Add some torn up paper on the ground to make it comfortable. Or, if you have access to real straw, cut into small pieces and add that to the ground.
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    Prepare the paddock or field space. The space you provide for the horse to roam in will depend on how much play space you can devote to the horse. Try to match the space to the horse's size, as larger horses will need more space than ponies, for example. The following sizes are just suggestions, it's your imagination, so make the sizes whatever works for you:
    • If you are adopting a Shetland pony, you won't need more than a 1 foot (0.3 m) X 2 feet (0.6 m) paddock (with shelter included).
    • If you are buying a Clydesdale or draft, you should have at least a 3 feet (0.9 m) X 2 feet (0.6 m) paddock with the shelter.
    • Use large pieces of cardboard painted green to represent fields or paddocks. You can also take the horses outside, just be sure to give your toys a good clean after being outdoors.
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    Make feeding and watering items. Make a feed bucket from a tube lid or use a toy bucket. Use a small container for water.

Part 2
Preparing the Horse Gear

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    Prepare a horse blanket. This is especially important for the colder seasons. You can make one from fleece or blanket fabric, or just cut up scrap cloth or old clothes. Use blanket stitch to hem the edges and prevent them from fraying.
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    Prepare any riding gear and tack you wish your new horse to have. This might include a rope bridle, a saddle, new horseshoes, etc. Don't forget to put the grooming gear together too, as you'll want to groom the new horse after getting him.
    • You can make items from paper, ribbon, string, etc. Use your imagination and save some money.
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    Have grooming gear for the horse. If you'd like to brush and groom the horse, find small brushes, a bucket, and other grooming gear for the collection. A halter would be useful for this too, to tie the horse up while it is being groomed.

Part 3
Introducing the New Horse

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    Introduce the horse to the other horses already in your stable. Tell the other horses what his name is and get them all acquainted.
    • If he seems nervous, put him in his personal stall for a while.
    • Put him in his stall if he acts aggressively towards your existing horses.
    • Reward him with a treat for being patient.
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    Groom your new horse. He has traveled from the store to your house and needs freshening up. It's a good time to bond too. Use this time to notice any special markings or features of your new horse.
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    Let him settle before putting a doll on to ride him.
    • If he has never been ridden, get him used to the saddle by gently applying pressure to his back, but if he has been broken in he should be fine.
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    Care for your new horse just as you care for all the other horses. Take him riding, jumping and practicing moves. Spend time talking to him and grooming him.

Tips

  • It's a good idea to have a special box, basket or area to keep your horses in when you're not playing with them. This keeps everything tidy and makes it easy to find your toys when you've finished.
  • Choose one of your dolls to be the vet for call-outs whenever your horse seems sick.
  • Keep the horse well fed. You can make food from anything you like––paper, cardboard, real pieces of food, plants, etc.
  • Have your new horse in small pasture next to the others. Make sure every hour that they aren't fighting.
  • You can make pretend horse poo from brown paper. Also make a shovel for collecting it.
  • If you have a real small animal pet, like a rat, you can use some of his food for the horse's feed.
  • Egg cartons could be transformed into feeding buckets and water buckets for the horse.

Things You'll Need

  • Breyer or any toy horse
  • Tack (optional)
  • Grooming supplies
  • Stall (recommended)
  • Large pasture
  • Horse food
  • Water
  • Stable
  • Blanket (recommended)
  • Halter and lead
  • A treat


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