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post #11 of 13 Old 04-23-2014, 06:11 PM
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yep, you need to watch the head/eyes/ears. the minute the horse is not thinking about you, looking at you with at least one ear on you, you know they may be thinking about turning the head and neck far enough away from you that they can pull the rope out of you hand. once the shoulders get lined up in front of the hind end, and facing away from you (like on a radius of a circle with you being the center), you are toast. and once they learn this trick, it is very hard to break.
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post #12 of 13 Old 04-24-2014, 08:02 AM
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I would use the the suggested methods to get this horse out of the pasture.

BUT, once out of the pasture, I would tie her to a good, very safe, VERY strong place and MAKE her accept the fact that she can behave well away from the herd. If you do not do this, she will always dictate how you handle her. She is in charge as long as she makes you work her for 30 minutes before you take her out and ride or drive her. It is no different than the horse that needs 30 minutes of longeing or round-penning to be safe to ride. It is a HUGE hole in a horse's training whenever they MAKE you do something you should not have to do.

Take her out and tie her up until she is happy, relaxed and not showing any impatience. Do not fight her. Let her fight herself and a big tree until she is just as happy away from the herd as she is with it. She will learn that everything you do is OK and that the herd is still there when she goes back. Instead of trying to get along with her while she is so impatient, teach her to get along with you on your terms.
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Thank you all so much for your replies! I am going to to sift through them and try them out.

I've only had her a week, so it's still all very new. I can't separate her completely, but I do put in her a paddock that's attached to her main pasture during the day. It's a large-ish pasture and her pasture mates will often move to the opposite side, so she's not right next to them, at least. At night, her pasture mates go in the paddock and she goes in the pasture.

Yesterday I worked with her in the paddock. We practiced walking without getting in my space, and stopping when I stop. We worked on backing and yielding her shoulders and quarters on the ground (quarters great, shoulders we need to work on). She was doing wonderfully by the end of our session. I'm hoping that if I take baby steps and slowly start moving farther from her herd, it will work. If not, though, the tying out may be something I need to do.

I do have someone that specializes in groundwork training coming in a couple weeks to help. I have a hard time knowing how to correct her and doing so quickly enough!
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