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post #1 of 2 Old 10-07-2012, 01:55 AM Thread Starter
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extremely buddy sour horse...HELP

Hey everyone,

I have a mare I've been leasing for about three months now. She is a pasture horse, and when she moved to my barn she was a bit of a loner - not really accepted in the herd. Eventually she found a pasture buddy, and they are now attached at the hip. Whenever they are separated..well let's just say it's not good.

Whenever I ride my horse, her friend is waiting by the pasture fence the entire time, whinnying. This means it's difficult to gain my horse's attention, and even worse she becomes extremely hyper and refuses to calm down.

For example, today I was going to trot over a ground pole, but my horse instead decides to jump it (as if it were 3 ft), gallop out of it, and try to buck me off.

I love that my horse finally has a good pasture buddy, but now it's becoming more and more of a problem. Any ideas??

(sorry for the long story - wanted to make sure I got everything in there!)
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post #2 of 2 Old 10-07-2012, 03:15 AM
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It's an every day activity to break it, you have to commit as the horses are together every day.

You need a friend, if possible.

Take both horses out, walk your horse the distance away when it's a problem. Take the other horse in and away. Make your horse listen.

Then extend this distance every time, sometimes there might be no extension but overall there should be.

Honestly it sounds like you have caught this early, so maybe you could rearrange pastures so it's not as big of a deal, but often horses latch on to another horse instead.
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