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post #1 of 11 Old 01-10-2013, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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Horses in Pasture...Help?

Every time I need to get a horse out of a pasture (especially near feeding time) all of the other horses crowd at the gate. The horses, most often, that I need, are lower down in the pecking order, and there's no way the higher horses will let these horses leave without kicking/biting/trying to escape. Sometimes there's someone else who can get some grain and lure the other horses away, but not always. There's only one gate.
So the question is...how on earth do I get this horse out without either getting caught in the middle of a fight, letting horses get loose, or bringing them ALL in?
I'm afraid I'm going to get kicked, and I'm even more afraid one of the horses will get hurt. Please help. Thanks!

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post #2 of 11 Old 01-10-2013, 08:26 PM
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A long whip.
Tell them all to move then start swinging and popping anyone whose in hitting range.
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post #3 of 11 Old 01-10-2013, 09:08 PM
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Exactly ^. Buggy or lunge whips work great for these situations. Not so much as beating them, just enough to get their attention and show them that they aren't allowed to act primitive when you are around.
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post #4 of 11 Old 01-10-2013, 09:35 PM
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Yep, when you step into the pasture they all have to know that YOU are automatically the "top dog", so they'd better worry more about yielding to your authority than about trying to exert their own.
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post #5 of 11 Old 01-10-2013, 10:06 PM
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Agree with all the above. And bringing a bucket of grain in is only making it worse.
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post #6 of 11 Old 01-10-2013, 10:22 PM
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Agree with all the rest, lunge whip, you will be amazed with the results. No more grain you are only enforcing them to crowd at the gate
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post #7 of 11 Old 01-10-2013, 10:23 PM
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I work for a rescue and am often moving horses from here to there. I carry an extra lead rope and swing it around. They scatter pretty quick. After a few weeks they figured it out. Now I just go in and grab who I want. I established dominance like the others have suggested so its no longer an issue.
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post #8 of 11 Old 01-11-2013, 12:14 AM
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Just a suggestion, but do some major desensitizing with your horse you are catching, so that he doesn't think he is in trouble when you are getting after the others.
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post #9 of 11 Old 01-11-2013, 01:19 AM
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I agree with all of the above, you are in charge when you walk in the pasture at all times! I have four of my own horses, one boarded but we did have two others here but were sold........take the end of the lead rope and swing it around to the ones you want out of the way, then walk up to the one you want haltered, if one gets pushy with the one you got bop them with the end of the lead and make them get back.......

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post #10 of 11 Old 01-11-2013, 02:27 AM
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You said the words, "I am afraid" so many times either in what you said or what you wrote.


I can't give you confidence, but you need it. As long as you are afraid, then stay away, but when you find your confidence then drive the other horses away. Don't do this when you are feeling timid.

Do you see anyone that this doesn't happen to? There are several horses, so several people must be bringing horses out of the gate?


I hesitiate to give advise online about this as it needs to be done in person, but frankly you need to grow a pair. I tell my kids all the time, I have balls I just wear them a little higher.
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