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post #11 of 13 Old 12-16-2012, 12:09 AM
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Oh and yes I've had the situation where I've had three horses and if I took one away the other two would get upset. As I was working with the horse and the other two were in the paddock I couldn't exactly ease their minds, so I left them to get on with it and went for my ride.
Came back and the boys were grazing happily and had got over the stress of seeing their mate leaving sight.
It's just a horse thing. Once they've got their little herds they like to keep to them. All we can do is work with them and just remind them that you're boss :)
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post #12 of 13 Old 12-16-2012, 04:50 PM
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If you do the "You want to move? Let me help you!", please know that some horses will careen around in a circle forever, it doesn't often help a scared horse start to think again, so a better way is to move them in different directions, over obstacles, turning them back 180 degrees, which causes the mind to think (mimics horse turning to see where prey is after he's run away from it). You can even move him backwards energetically a good little distance.

Also, lots of circles on hard pack, with no banking of footing at perimeter, stresses the horse's feet & tendons, from the lateral impact.
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post #13 of 13 Old 12-16-2012, 09:03 PM
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When she was in pasture the pony was her herd and her security. When she's now left alone in the barn she just knows a predator will get her because her lookout isn't there. She is trapped in that cage you've put her in. There is a way to deal with this that requires time and infinite patience. Leave the pony and goat in and take her for a walk. When you feel her tensing, and before she begins to react, walk her back so she can see the pony then back again. Each time you leave the goal is to get a little farther, even if only a few steps. This may take you an hour. Your are playing games with her stress levels, a yo yo effect. As she gets farther away it goes way up, as you return, way down, up down, up down. She can endure only so much of that then will go with you. Now, if time permits, do this again the next day only before you start set a pan with some treats in it farther than you'd gone the previous day. Now, when you get there she gets a wonderful surprise. On the third day set the pan even farther, way farther. Her focus will be more on finding the pan than the pony.
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