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post #1 of 5 Old 09-01-2009, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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Please give advise for my buddy sour pony!

I have a quarter horse mare who I have worked very hard over the last year to developed a bond with & we were doing better & better. We've been riding on the highway alone & making all kinds of progress! She was my only horse until a month ago when I bought this pony. He is a cutie. Very kid broke & lots of fun except... He is totally buddy sour! Things go great as long as I bring him with us but if I don't he whinny’s over & over & every time he does my horse freaks out & wants to run to him. It's a constant struggle. I wish I could put some kind of shock color on his vocal cords or something but no I know that would be cruel. They do it to dogs though. Anyway I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice.
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-02-2009, 04:12 PM
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I had the same problem until I got three horses. Its just an idea but can you start by separating your horse for short periods of time? Like take her out of but in sight of your pony, let her graze and put her back. Start making it where the pony can't see the two of you but can hear you and bring your mare back. Make it even longer and farther away bit by bit.
Or do you have a pen you can put him in where he can't see her at all? put him in there and let him fuss until he stops, then put them together again. Keep him separate a few times a week and maybe he will give it up. Good luck and hopefully someone else will have some ideas.
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post #3 of 5 Old 09-02-2009, 05:53 PM
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I had a horse that was buddy and barn sour. I rode with two other people though. One if front of my horse, and one in the back. Mine in the middle. I never got him broke of that before i had to sell him, but it was slowly making progress. Also, if you can trailer somewhere and ride with friends who own other horses?

But whisper has a really good idea =]
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post #4 of 5 Old 09-02-2009, 07:02 PM
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Thanks Chevy!
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post #5 of 5 Old 09-06-2009, 12:18 PM
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Ride away and when the pony hollers ride back til he relaxes. Do this over and over and over and over... At some point the pony will stop hollering and fussing cuz it gets tiresome to them to get upset a little bit over and over. If you allow them to get a big upset it's going to be harder to get them to calm down. This works for both the horse leaving and the horse who is left. Try it.

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