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post #1 of 8 Old 01-06-2009, 04:32 AM Thread Starter
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Question Help!! ?!?

OK, here is my problem... When l go on a ride (trail ride) once we get him past his friends and all in the barn and we are on the trail, he like ALWAYS looks back at the barn where his friends are?!? I'm only a beginner, but he is alright isn't he? JUst maybe missing his friends?!?

Anyways thanks for your help... He's a Holstein
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post #2 of 8 Old 01-06-2009, 08:15 AM
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He's barn sour. Or herd Bound. Anyway, he wants to be with his herd. There are alot of ways to fix it. What I do is trot away from the barn and walk towards the barn because my geuss is, he's slow moving out and always feels like he's going to stop and turn around and coming back he probably picks up the pace. It's just going to take a lot of work and consistency. Keep him moving AWAY from the barn and make him go slow back to the barn....

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post #3 of 8 Old 01-06-2009, 08:16 AM
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Yes, he's probably fine. Totally normal. Horses are herd animals and it takes some practice, time and discipline to teach them that they must focus on us and forget about their buddies back at the barn. Just don't let him get away with it and never run towards home.
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post #4 of 8 Old 01-06-2009, 06:29 PM
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I second what they say. As well as if it gets to the point he doesn't want to leave the barn make him work harder by the barn. Do lots of small circles and direction changes and keep him moving. Eventually he'll learn that if he wants to stay there he has to work harder, but if he goes with you then he doesn't have to work so hard.
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post #5 of 8 Old 01-06-2009, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, I'm just relieved he's OK!! I've tried that technique just then and it seems to work!! Thank you!! :)
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post #6 of 8 Old 01-06-2009, 07:34 PM
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Yes, that's normal. My old mare Lexi was very herdbound- didn't stop looking back for awhile, but soon she learned it's OK to be away from her friends for a bit. :) Just gradually keep taking him out, working with him & giving him something to do, & soon he should learn it's not so bad after all!

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post #7 of 8 Old 01-11-2009, 02:10 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the support!! Don't know what l could do with out you... !!
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post #8 of 8 Old 01-12-2009, 01:58 PM
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Just take him our for short little jaunts by yourself once in awhile to make sure that it doesn't get worse!
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