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post #1 of 6 Old 01-16-2008, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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About to get a new horse

Hi!

I'm about to adopt a 19-year-old Hanoverian mare from a local rescue. She's extremely well-schooled; she used to compete in dressage. However, she's not been ridden in 2 months (not counting the 3x I've ridden her over the past 10 days). She's become really buddy sour. If I walk, trot, or even canter her past the paddock where her buddy's held, she screeches to a halt and refuses to move for 20-30 minutes. I will be moving her off farm in about a month and we need to deal with this problem now, before she's half an hour away from her pal.

Additionally, she paces back and forth on the crossties when she's being tacked up. This is more of an annoyance than anything. How do I train it out of her?

Please help!!
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-16-2008, 08:17 PM
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well what u could do id just constantly keep working with here teach her that u are her boss and that she needs to learn to respect you i would get her far away from her buddy when u try to ride her :)

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post #3 of 6 Old 01-16-2008, 08:18 PM
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Maby you could try rideing her within sight of her buddy, not to far away. Slowly progress so that you are taking her further and further away. Also try introduceing her to other horses, so she knows shes not going to be taken away from her friend and left alone. The other horse is possibly her pair bond, which a horse would stay with there whole life if they were wild and aloud to do so. So it is alot to ask of her to leave her friend. So just take you time and let her realise shes not going to be alone and that leaving her buddy is not going to be so horrible.
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post #4 of 6 Old 01-17-2008, 01:08 AM
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my horse was very friendly with a gelding were i kept her too... she would whinney whenever i took her out trail by herself and get all hyped up and when she new we were going home would prance the whole way home...

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Maby you could try rideing her within sight of her buddy, not to far away. Slowly progress so that you are taking her further and further away. Also try introduceing her to other horses, so she knows shes not going to be taken away from her friend and left alone. The other horse is possibly her pair bond, which a horse would stay with there whole life if they were wild and aloud to do so. So it is alot to ask of her to leave her friend. So just take you time and let her realise shes not going to be alone and that leaving her buddy is not going to be so horrible.
this is a good idea. have you ridden her with her buddy? also if u have horses to where your moving her, i think she will be pretty excited when she gets to her new home and might not worry about the other horse. scrath her in itchy places and give her nice treats and she might think *hey your just as good as my horse buddy over there* lol far shot but give it a go...

if all else fails take her buddy home too haha...

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post #5 of 6 Old 01-18-2008, 10:44 PM
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I wouldn't worry about riding her for awhile. Keep her away from her buddy, just like you would if you were weaning a foal. Do a lot to keep her distracted, like longeing, ground driving, turn her out, ect.
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post #6 of 6 Old 01-19-2008, 09:56 AM
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Does she give you nay trouble when u take her away?
If she does, prancing, constant whinning make her work serpentines, circles giving to the bit, after about 5-10 minutes try and do what you were doing and if you get road blocks again go back to making her work. She will soon learn its easier to move away then it is to be focused on her buddy.

As far as isolating her I dunno, I wouldn't like it and she might get herself all nerved up, like it has been said above its natural to want to be with ur buddy the one that makes you feel secure, feed off that. Show her you can do that also work with it don't punish her for it.

I am training a buddy sour Standardbreed, with the same issues like were talking FREAK OUT, rearing all that. Its been 2 months and the owner came out the other day to go for a walk with us and she could not believe it was the same horse. It takes time and patients and some days are better then the others.

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