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    09-17-2010, 06:37 PM
Buddy Sour

Jaxxon has become terribly buddy sour. Iíve left him alone a great deal, so he could get used to an actual pasture/herd setting and integrate himself in our herd... Well, heís made -great- buddies with my cousins Racking Horse mare Patch.
Donít get me wrong, Iím very pleased heís made such great buddies with the mare. Heís also sort of buddied up with my mare Gypsie, but heís formed a much closer attachment with Patch.

However, heís a bit too close to Patch. Heís extremely buddy sour. Jax will lead away from the herd well, but he starts hollering when we get a certain distance away. If I let him on a loose lead, he constantly circles around me at a walk/trot. When I let him go, he takes off at a dead run back to the other horses. When Iím trying to work with him, half the time he isnít even concentrating on me because heís searching for the other horses and hollering.

I have him out in the Lot right now, which is roughly about an acre. My other two horses are in the backyard. There isnít much grass in the Lot, but should I start putting him out there a few hours each day? Should I put my other horses in the backyard where they can see and smell and talk to each other in order to keep Mr. J from totally freaking out? Right now, heís out there running the fence-line and hollering for Patch. My other two horses donít seem to care about him a bit (which, my other gelding hates his guts and my mare has an ĎI-Donít-Careí sort of attitude towards him).

Any help?
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    09-17-2010, 07:09 PM
Green Broke
I hope you don't get mad, but look at horse training. There are so many posts on buddy sour and that sort of thing. Its frustrating, I know, when you have a horse that wont go anywhere without his/her friend but the answers you are looking for should be on that thread, in horse training.
    09-17-2010, 10:46 PM
Green Broke
I said this in another post but it's sort of like having to wean him all over again. He's gotten way to dependent on the others (possibly one in particular) & until you break that bond you may continue to have troubles. It's like a foal who keeps looking for his mamma & wont pay attention to you.
Seperating him permanently for a while (or with another horse he's not particularly bonded with) would be a good way. I don't think just a few hours a day will do much as he will still have that contact.
    09-17-2010, 11:10 PM
Check out my thread here. There were a lot of good suggestions.

First he is herd bound now he is eating his stall.
    09-17-2010, 11:14 PM
I can't seperate him permanently. We have 50 acres, but also have cattle and need the entire land for grazing.

I'm going to start seriously working with him whenever I can (college and homework and all), and am going to insist that he definitely pay attention to me and start lunging and all.

I don't mind him having a buddy, but I do want him to listen to me when I work with him.

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