I had a question about introducing a horse to turnout. I have a 3 year old OTTB filly who just came off the track. She has been in a box stall for 3 months with only daily hot walker use and occasional hacks. She has never been raced. She’s been at my facility for just around 2 weeks now, and I have some concerns about how she is reacting to large spaces.
Currently, I have her in a stall with a run. She is outside and is next to multiple other horses. My barn works on a turnout rotation, and I would love to start transitioning her where she gets to take advantage of the system, but her reactions (I’m worried) will cause her to hurt herself if we did. We have attempted to have her get some energy out both in a round pen and a smaller paddock. Both times she has attempted to get up to a full run and does a lot of the bucking/fast twirling behavior at the fence that is followed by very anxious whinnying. She has also gotten her leg stuck through the bars in both areas (luckily, with no more injuries than some scratches.)
The T/O area is much larger, however, and I’m very concerned about her anxiety in an area where she is easily able to get up to full speed. Has anyone else experienced this or have advice for safely transitioning her to turnout? Thanks!!