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    07-11-2009, 04:45 PM
Calling out and excited

The horse that I have been working with for the past month has some how developed a habit of being a buddy to anoher horse. However, when they separated, the horse that I am riding starts calling out for the other and begins to completely ignore my cues.

I am wanting to find ways to discourage this dependence of another horse. Will taking them out alone several times and to other events get them used to the atmosphere? All of the calling out has happened at events, trail rides. I want to treat this horse with respect and not give them the wrong cues, but I am almost at the end of the rope.

Any suggestions would help.
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    07-12-2009, 12:56 AM
I have the same problem with my gelding whenever he has a horse in the stall next to him, across from him, in the same city as him....he gets totally bonded to them. When I would take him out he would call and jig, completely ignoring me, just wants to get back to his buddies.

What I did was dependant on what I was doing with him. If we were lunging and he was calling and acting crazy, every time he would call I would instantly ask him to change directions or move into a new gait. Eventually he figured out it was easier to just be quiet. When riding, I did a give and take, if he wanted to go back to his friends, I would go toward the barn a little bit then away a little bit, kind of letting him know it is ok to leave because we are coming back.

Or you could remove him from whoever he is bonded with for a couple weeks and maybe he will get over it, but for a lot of people that isnt an option. :O)
    07-12-2009, 12:54 PM
This has worked for me with our new mare and Clinton Anderson uses this method..

Work your horse around his buddy and give him a good workout. Any time you give your horse a break, take him away from his buddy and let him rest. He will start to associate his buddy= work and away from his buddy= rest.

It only took June a few sessions for her to figure it out, but she is a lazy horse and will try to do anything to get out of working. Haha.
    07-12-2009, 04:20 PM
My gelding calls to our other gelding at home and at events we go to. To the point of being very embarrassing, for one thing he gets other horses around him worked up. So I have been working on the Clinton Anderson theory also. When he whinnies I work him for 10 minutes near the other horse and then let him rest for 10 minutes at the farthest point in the arena from our other horse and make sure he is also facing away from him. You can just tie one horse in the arena and work the other one. I have noticed a significant change in his attitude (but I have not taken him to any events to see how he behaves). He will actually start to whinny and stop himself or you can see him think about it and then he won't do it. We have been working on this for a couple of weeks now.
    07-12-2009, 04:30 PM
Hey all...
My horse just got a new buddy! A 2 year old filly. She is a warmblood and she is the one who is making the fuss so far. So I have done the CA method as well to see if it settles her.
My horse is a gelding and was mostly kept on my dads breeding farm. He did not get to rub and scratch with others at all so he is totally loving this filly..
Suprisingly he has done well with leaving her behind.
I think CA's method for this issue is a good one and that eventually they will learn that it is just easier to do the work then to make a huge fuss over being out of sight or away....
In the past...years friend and I if we were going to a 3 day event or something like that on occasion would borrow another horse just to stall with the other...being as it would be a ong way from home. We did find that this method worked even if Rocky was not real buddied up with the other horse after spending time trailered to an event they would be used to one another...and relax a bit. But the ultimate goal is to have your horse accustomed to periods of time away from others...
I think the CA method is great and eventually will give you the results your looking for...
Good luck and keep us posted on oyur progress...

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