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post #1 of 6 Old 01-27-2013, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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Concerned about my older QH...

I have a 25 year old gelding who is fairly laid back and he is in with my 3 year old paint. Right now they share a field in the day and at night they have an area they are both in. I will work my paint in the arena and my older guy will yell and yell from the field, and when I take my paint out for a hand walk I can hear Luke sceaming and yelling. Mocha is going for 30 days training in about 3 weeks and I worry that Luke is going to get himself so worked up he will get sick over it. Anyway, I'm thinking of putting one in the field and the other one in the barn paddock area. They can still see each other but not be with each other. If they are fine with this, I was then thinking of putting my paint in the riding arena for some time during the day where they can't see each other. I don't have an option of bringing in another horse for Luke to have company, and I worry about him stressing out. Any other ideas?
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-27-2013, 06:14 PM
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Anyway, I'm thinking of putting one in the field and the other one in the barn paddock area. They can still see each other but not be with each other. If they are fine with this, I was then thinking of putting my paint in the riding arena for some time during the day where they can't see each other.
That's exactly what my aunt does with her mare and it seems to work pretty well, she doesn't freak out when they take other horses for a ride and leave her behind anymore.
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If you are old enough to buy beer? Then give older horse a little to chill him out.
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post #4 of 6 Old 01-27-2013, 08:29 PM
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Start getting him use to being separated now. You have a good idea of what to do already. It just takes time and effort and lots of time.
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Good planning. I have found that if they can see the other horse, or saw them ride off and know they should return sometime, they often will scream and yell, run the fence, whatnot. But, when they see them loaded and after thay are clean out of sight - they only scream a short time, relatively speaking, before they quiet down and go to sulking.

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i would deffinately slowly begin to separate them now:)
there was a gelding that was in with my mare a while back, and he was sooooo entirely clingy! i would take my mare out to ride, and you could hear him screaming for her the wholeee time, it was bad.
we had to do the same thing, put them in separate pastures near each other
then put one in a farther away pasture for a few hours a day
THEN finally get them totally separated and ok :)

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