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    05-13-2011, 10:46 AM
Green Broke
What would you do? (turnout issues)

I have had my horse, Will, for over a year now and it has been great. He is a cheeky chappy who is very willing to go out and loves jumping and we get on well.

I am at University at the moment and I keep him on livery at the University's yard. At home (summer and holidays) he is stabled at night and goes out during the day and I wanted to keep this same routine for when we are at Uni too but... He HATES going out at Uni!

At first we were allocated a field about 5 min walk away from his stable and it wasn't bad, the first day went fine, even though I was a little nervous because he was with horses I didn't trust yet and I couldn't keep an eye on him all the time. I came back to get him in that evening and he was fine.
The next day my friends went to get their horses from the same field and when they opened the gate, Will forced his way out. He ripped his rug and had cuts on the inside of his hind leg.

He went back to being ok again for a week or so.

Then it all started happening... I would be walking him up to field and he would stop and refuse to move. I persevered though and would eventually get him to the field. When he realised that this tactic didn't work he started rearing to pull the rope from my hand... and that worked, there was nothing I could do about it.

I was asked if I could move fields (one closer) and eventually I was given one where he could be turned out on his own (not bullied) so I was happy. He was ok with going out there but recently he started playing up again. I lead him in a chifney to help the rearing problem but has worked out other ways to stop me leading him to the field.

One of my lecturers gave me some advice to leave him in and just exercise him more. This does work but he can get a little fresh when he is left in.
Just after Easter I started turning him out again but there was an incident when he reared up and landed one of him front legs on my shoulder, I was lucky.

I am now just leaving him in and riding or walking him out every day.

It is just at Uni that he acts like this, at home he is fine and comes in and out of the paddock great most days.
So what would you do in this situation?
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    05-13-2011, 11:01 AM
You need to deal with his rearing, that's not acceptable behavior and can be dangerous! Good luck.
    05-14-2011, 05:02 AM
What kind od fence do you have at Uni? I knew a mare that was terrified of electric fence and she acted similiar. Once she was in she was ok. Nowhere near the fence though...
Try to find out of what he is so afraid. Good luck :)
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    05-14-2011, 08:34 AM
Green Broke
There are no electric fences, just wooden ones. Not the best quality, they are not very well kept. I don't think it is the fence.

I have a feeling that it's this:
When he goes out at home the field is adjacent to his stable. At Uni I have to walk him up the road a little so maybe he doesn't feel 'at home'. Possible?
    05-30-2011, 03:14 PM
Green Broke
E is home now, in Shropshire and his behavior has changed. He is chilled and goes in and out fine.

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