Originally Posted by kfreker
So today I went with a friend on a tail ride lets just say it was an adventure. Ill make this short and hopefully some good advice comes from it. As soon as we left my barn and walked maybe a property over he FREAKED (he is really barn and buddy sour) and knew we were leaving the barn, so he would always just turn around and not go forward untill I got off him and walked him forward and he was still a little skittish. We then got to the trail and I had to have my friend hold him while I got on and she had to lead both horses and then after maybe 2 mins let me take the reins and my horse would be okay and keep going straight no problems for about 20 mins untill he realized he was going the wrong way and would turn around and back up and not go forward. I tryed on my own to get him to go forward by giving him a good kick but that just led to him rearing (first time no bigyy...not lol) so she had to lead us again untill he was okay and kept going on his own. Another thing is he was sweating like it was 100 degress outside ( like white foam) when it was only 50. It was definitely a nervous sweat and his poop was really wet. So my plan is to show him its okay to leave the barn and his friends by walking him off property and reward him with treats every time we get farther and farther away. Would that work? Does anyone else have any ideas!?
Yes, it's a great idea taking him for walks. What you're experiencing is sometimes called barn-sourness, sometimes herd-boundness, but it's a real and normal phenomenon called separation anxiety
. All horses feel it to one degree or another and need experience in being taken away from home and having it be a good deal for them. If you can lead him and remain confident yourself when things happen, do it. There are some methods of training where they stay on the ground developing a horse, taking them for walks etc for a long time before they ever ride them and create beautiful, balanced, educated and above-all reliable
horses. You're in good company, with your idea. :)