Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
Jaxxon has become terribly buddy sour. I’ve left him alone a great deal, so he could get used to an actual pasture/herd setting and integrate himself in our herd... Well, he’s made -great- buddies with my cousins Racking Horse mare Patch.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m very pleased he’s made such great buddies with the mare. He’s also sort of buddied up with my mare Gypsie, but he’s formed a much closer attachment with Patch.
However, he’s a bit too close to Patch. He’s 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 I’m trying to work with him, half the time he isn’t even concentrating on me because he’s 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 isn’t 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, he’s out there running the fence-line and hollering for Patch. My other two horses don’t seem to care about him a bit (which, my other gelding hates his guts and my mare has an ‘I-Don’t-Care’ sort of attitude towards him).
Horseshoe Loop Farm: Home of Gypsie (22 y/o TWH mare), Dakota (10 y/o TWH gelding) & Codie (18 y/o Walkaloosa gelding)