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    07-27-2009, 12:57 AM
Buddy sour...should we be worried

My sister and I changed barns and now our horses seem to be getting a little buddy sour...hers worse than mine it seems. When they get separated they want to call out to each other. If I take my horse Major and put him in the pasture while my sisters horse is still in the stall her horse will try and barge through the stall door and rare up. If I do the same thing except put my sisters horse out to pasture Major will get nervous and blowy. They both ride really good and we aren't having any problems. I don't even really consider this an issue. BUT!!! I do wanna cross all my T's and dot all my I's. So is this something we can just ignore unless it becomes a problem or is it something that we need to go ahead and start working on now?
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    07-27-2009, 01:01 AM
I would stop it before it gets to serious. Is there any way to split them up in different pastures?
    07-27-2009, 01:09 AM
I would try to divide pasture times, or do separate paddocks with them if you can; it can escalate to a very dangerous point. My boy Danni was at a very dangerous point when I got him, and it's been a lot of work trying to get him past his 'barn\buddy sour' issues. He also had general relaxation issues, as well, which complicated things, but, if there is any way you can divide these two horses atleast a couple days a week, so they don't rely on one another's company all the time, that would be good.
Also make sure you work with them individually each day as well, even if it's just a bit of ground work; if they see you as an acceptable herdmate, that will help them overcome some of the buddy sour-ness, even if you can't necessarily separate them all the time.
    07-27-2009, 06:39 AM
My mare, who I thought would never be a problem is buddy sour. I have a 7 YO gelding and a 14 YO mare. I work them seperately. My gelding is fine. He doesn't call back, try to go home,... She on the other hand gets pissy. However, she doesn't rear, bolt, pull,... She just trys to turn home. To me, she is manageable. I ride my gelding much more than I do her. I started out just working her on the lawn. While she could see him, she had to work with me. Then I worked on moving her away from the house in the back field. Next, I worked her in a field farther away. If she was decent we came home. If she wasn't when I got back to the lawn, I worked her again. It has taken weeks and now she is much better. They need constant work. Fortunately, my problem isn't dangerous. It can get very dangerous. I will even take Misty for a walk. Plus, I am blessed with two pastures. I seperate them during the day. However, I only have one stall set up. So I bring them together at night. I wish you good luck with your situation. In seperating them, I get much more responsiveness when I go to the pasture. They run to greet me. Where as if they are together all the time, they rely on eachother more.
    07-28-2009, 08:17 PM
Thanks for your replies everyone. We do work them separate and usually ride them separate, but they can usually still see each other. Our barn is set up like a triangle.....the stalls, the pasture and the riding arena are all in sight of each other. There stalls are not joined though...but still, they can see each other. We are both riding about 5 days a week and I try and spend lovey dovey time with Major every day (stuff like brushing, bathing, hand grazing). Hopefully that will be enough to eventually get him viewing me as a trustworthy member of the herd.
    07-29-2009, 10:07 AM
Even though they're usually in each other's view, I'd ask the barn manager to try to keep them separate. Don't put them in stalls next to each other and have them turned out in different paddocks or have them turned out at different times. (Are they turned out alone or with other horses?, maybe request to have them turned out with other horses, so they can make new friends). They'll throw fits at first, as you're experiencing, but they'll eventually get over it. All that running around and working up a sweat gets tiring, they'll figure that out eventually. You don't want this situation to get worse.
    07-29-2009, 09:48 PM
It sounds like you all have had some pretty bad experiences with this problem. We don't want that to happen. The bad news...we haven't introduced them to the other horses on the property (there are 4 others). The good news....we take care of our own horses so we can put them in the stall or paddock at will, so we can take different turns for turnout. Maybe that will help.
    07-30-2009, 03:17 PM
I would try seperating them all together. Horses get very stressed and dangerous when they get buddy sour. My mothers TB used to be attached at the hip with the horse next to him and got down right nasty about leaving her. I would try to ride him and he would rear, buck and flip over trying to get me off to return to her. We completly moved him away from this horse because he just went crazy. There is no way to keep them completly out of sight of one another? If you can get them seperated they usually move on and forget about one another. How long have they known each other?
    07-30-2009, 05:49 PM
Yes, I'd definitely say different turn-out times will be beneficial. I'd try to introduce them to new friends too.
    07-31-2009, 10:19 AM
They have known each other about 6 months, but they have only become friends since we moved them to the new barn.

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