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    05-04-2012, 01:09 AM
Preventing buddy sourness!

Haha pretty surprised that my computer didn't mark sourness as a misspelled word- didn't think that was actually a real word there!

I am very possibly getting another horse and then I would probably pasture it with Casey (she doesn't share her pasture with another horse unfortunately) and in the short time I have owned horses they have been kept in private pastures, and was wondering how you would go about preventing buddy sourness.. Obviously establishing yourself at the top of the herd pecking order, but the horses would most likely still be attached to each other and be reluctant to leave. I have dealt with buddy sour horses but that was just riding a few times, I didn't own them and work with them every day. And most of the time I wouldnt be riding them with each other. Tips anyone?
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    05-04-2012, 01:40 PM
    05-04-2012, 01:44 PM
I don't think you can entirely prevent it, but I believe it helps if you don't get horses of the opposite sex.
    05-04-2012, 04:20 PM
Get a horse at/near the top of the pecking order. They are naturally more confident out alone and tolerate being away from their buddies better.
    05-04-2012, 04:30 PM
We work ours alone or with others. We expect them to behave and they do. When the mares are in heat they might talk a bit but they do that standing out in the pasture next to another horse!
    05-04-2012, 05:05 PM
I would make sure to mix things up with them, like if you saddle up at or near where you keep the horses don't always do it in the same spot or you will find your horses will learn where the barn is and where the saddle comes off. When you are finished working one and you go back to the barn/pastuer make sure you make them work there too, make it to where being home is not always good and you will be ok, and like others have said you be the dominant horse.

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