Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Port Orchard Washington State
I have a mare that tends to be very herd bound especially when she's in heat. The other day she decided to take off on me in the arena during a lessons and near run me into the horse in front of her. Despite my pulling her in a tight circle she braced her neck and proceeded to hop sideways over to him. This was the first time she has gone to these extremes and it will be the last time. I cranked her head to my knee and spun her until she was panting and I was dizzy. When she started walking without my ok she was spun the other direction and then tied with her halter to the wall while everyone rode away and around her. She was the last one in from the lesson and sat by herself until she was calm.
Today she was an angel. I've noticed with her most beginning bad habits can be stopped by spinning. Maybe she get's dizzy like me but no matter how tight I need to crank her we spin and then we stand until the room stops twirling.
On the beach this past weekend she was of course in heat and decided to never ever leave Mikey's side ever! She threw her head up, tossed it around and hopped on her front end. Not ok at all so I turned her away and galloped her across the beach away from him. Then we went and played in the water, away from him, then we ran some more away from him. Then we WALKED back over to him and any stiff necks, pinned ears on the way over resulted in turning back around and doing something else away from him. After 30 minutes of this she was fine with leaving his side and had no issue during the rest of the ride.
Maybe it'll help with your horse. Find a distraction maybe, spin him in a circle like others have suggested, wear him out so he doesn't want to run after his friends.
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