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post #1 of 35 Old 01-06-2013, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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Tell me I'm making the right decision not to keep Ruby here?

Tell me I'm making the right decision not to keep Ruby here?
We're in NM on 120 acres with perimeter fences only. My husband, who loves horses has allowed a neighbor to have his horse here, around our house. Ruby is a 6 year old, green-broke filly who is part mustang. Here's the problem: I have virtually no experience with horses (6 trail rides total). Ruby sensed that immediately (naturally) and when I go outdoors she bothers me and the dog --we are scared to death of her. (I had no problem with the 4 arabians who were here a couple years ago). Ruby gets in my space, either by crowding me off the road or by running circles around, cutting it close. It's clear she has no respect for me. Have been told all I need to do is use a whip or stick and wap her when she gets too close. I'm thinking it's best for my safety to have the owner move her to an adjoining property. I'm over 60, have severe rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis or I'd want to work with this poor horse. Thoughts? Suggestions? I'd really like to be told having her leave is best (though it breaks my heart, too as she is safest here, away from the neighboring horse thieves who stole her 2 companions.
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It's your property, and you shouldn't have to school the horse to get it out of your space. I'd ask for the horse to move if I were you.
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You could tell the people if they want to keep her there they need to put up some kind of pen to keep her contained in a smaller space.
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It's your property, and you shouldn't have to school the horse to get it out of your space. I'd ask for the horse to move if I were you.
Thanks. My thoughts, too.
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post #5 of 35 Old 01-06-2013, 05:16 PM
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For your safety and lack of knowledge it's better if the horse leaves. If you can't bring yourself to have her leave, then as CMarie suggested, have them set up a corral under some trees. If there are no trees, then have them build her a 3 sided shelter and corral so she can't get up in your business.
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You could tell the people if they want to keep her there they need to put up some kind of pen to keep her contained in a smaller space.
Thank you for this suggestion. I will mention this as an option when talking to the owner (he already put up a lot of fence here already so we know he's able to do it himself).
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Tell me I'm making the right decision not to keep Ruby here?
We're in NM on 120 acres with perimeter fences only. My husband, who loves horses has allowed a neighbor to have his horse here, around our house. Ruby is a 6 year old, green-broke filly who is part mustang. Here's the problem: I have virtually no experience with horses (6 trail rides total). Ruby sensed that immediately (naturally) and when I go outdoors she bothers me and the dog --we are scared to death of her. (I had no problem with the 4 arabians who were here a couple years ago). Ruby gets in my space, either by crowding me off the road or by running circles around, cutting it close. It's clear she has no respect for me. Have been told all I need to do is use a whip or stick and wap her when she gets too close. I'm thinking it's best for my safety to have the owner move her to an adjoining property. I'm over 60, have severe rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis or I'd want to work with this poor horse. Thoughts? Suggestions? I'd really like to be told having her leave is best (though it breaks my heart, too as she is safest here, away from the neighboring horse thieves who stole her 2 companions.
A longe or lunge whip is a better bet. You have a good 10 ft reach with it and the crack from the snap alone will get her running. I know you're frightened, I'm a little older too and partially disabled in my right arm so I'm weak on that side. It may not make you feel better but what is happening sounds like play to me. We had an orphan foal who as an adult would run circles around us, buck and fake charge. The problem lies in establishing boundaries and the end of that whip is it.

If you've never used a lunge whip it's fairly easy to master, especially if you ever fished and used a casting rod. Practice getting the end of the whip to pop. When you venture into the field and she starts toward you, crack the whip in her direction. Keep an eye on her but go about your business. Do not run from her, you are the boss mare and she moves according to where you want. Be careful but don't be afraid. If all else fails use the butt end of the whip to crack your husband over the head for bringing her in. (Just teasing)
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As a side note, can you bring in a goat or donkey as a companion animal? Horses are herd animals and for now, you're her herd.
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A longe or lunge whip is a better bet. You have a good 10 ft reach with it and the crack from the snap alone will get her running. I know you're frightened, I'm a little older too and partially disabled in my right arm so I'm weak on that side. It may not make you feel better but what is happening sounds like play to me. We had an orphan foal who as an adult would run circles around us, buck and fake charge. The problem lies in establishing boundaries and the end of that whip is it.

If you've never used a lunge whip it's fairly easy to master, especially if you ever fished and used a casting rod. Practice getting the end of the whip to pop. When you venture into the field and she starts toward you, crack the whip in her direction. Keep an eye on her but go about your business. Do not run from her, you are the boss mare and she moves according to where you want. Be careful but don't be afraid. If all else fails use the butt end of the whip to crack your husband over the head for bringing her in. (Just teasing)
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Good advice, thank you, should Ruby be here a bit longer. Had been advised before to get a whip. I don't run from Ruby but can feel my hair stand on end! I feel sorry for her because she is isolated--no company except a stupid rooster. She's looking right at me now through the window about my desk. Really like your comment "if all else fails use the butt end of the whip to crack my husband over the head"
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The mare doesn't need all 120 acres! If she stays on the property, she should only have a portion of it, not be able to come to the house , get on the walkways & terrorize you & the dog. She needs a shelter & her own area where she can't bother you. My BIL has 120 acres, so I do know how big a piece of land that is, & hopefully, HER owner will take care of this problem for you.
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