Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
Horses will always pick on others in a herd setting. It's how the establish hierarchy and dominance. Unless someone is really going after your horse, I see no reason for them to be separated. Horses are used to and should have company. If the other horses are too violent, I would definitely look into a friend; a pasture-sound pony, a goat, a donkey, etc.
And for everything else, I would try to desensitize him to everything you can get your hands on or get close enough to. Park your car in his pasture, open doors, roll the windows up and down, flash the lights, rev the engine, drive around. I would look into investing a tie-blocker ring, or even attaching a lunge line to his halter and holding it around a post would suffice. Then introduce him to childs toys, traffic cones, plastic bags, buckets, etc. Let him back away a few steps and ask him to woah and draw him back up where he was, then keep trying. It is very important, though, not to apply steady pressure as he's backing away. Stay where you are, and let him back to the end of the line. If he tries to get past the end of the line, give the line a few steady tugs and calmly ask him to woah, or easy.
I would also work on his ground manners and respect for you, because obviously, he does not respect your space. Teach him to move each part of his body, his haunches, his shoulders, his head, his whole body. Get him to turn on the forehand, the haunches, side-step, back up. He may also benefit from free-lunging. He should yield to you, always. When he learns that, he won't be jumping on top of you.
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
Last edited by riccil0ve; 08-14-2010 at 06:12 PM.