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    09-14-2010, 02:49 PM
Let me add this too...these types of horses...that have this intense need...are often a "one owner" type...meaning that they tend to build a very strong bond with one person...that's why I said earlier on the other thread that they make great horses in the end. You will get something very special out of this horse...and realize that this "insanity" you are dealing with right now...can be used to your advantage and you will get a really deep connection with the horse.
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    09-14-2010, 03:15 PM
Thanks a bunch herdbound. I don't need to worry about him hurting himself on the fence as it is a pagewire with wooden posts on the minis side and 3 wire electric on Robbies side. The original fence was here when I moved in and I added the electric fence when I did the larger pasture. About a 6 inch space between the two fences.
    09-14-2010, 06:22 PM
I agree with Herdbound on separated by fence yet able to see the mini. This works for the mini not getting ragged on/robbed of food & water, also.

I'd let him stay out of stall till he's calmed down in pasture (unless he must be stalled for some reason?) & wouldn't tie him to a wall--too stressful for him.

Others are right about this being normal horse behaviour.

I hope you've got your game face on for a huge learning curve in your self-development (that's what horsemanship is)! And please wear a helmet whenever you're around the horse, as well as astride.
    09-15-2010, 12:17 AM
Can you leave your horse outside? Unless there is a very specific reason for him to be stalked at night, he can likely manage just fine in the pasture. Chewing problem cured. =] Haha. My horse will chew in the stall if she is bored but for the most part, she's bored because she's in a stalk and can't wander and graze.

As far as the herd bound problem, I think you are doing the right thing by keeping them in separate pastures. You can also try tying the mini up somewhere. Take your horse to that area, in sight of the mini, and lunge him hard. Then take him out of sight of the mini to rest. The idea is that he learns he has to work harder around the mini. This should also be a safe way for you to deal with the problem, since you say working him with the mini doesn't get him to act up. Good luck!
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    09-15-2010, 12:56 AM
That's a great idea on working him riccilove. I will add that to the list of things I'm going to use to try and break his vice.

I can't pasture him over night yet because he will call all night and surely irritate the neighbors and their horses. I don't want to leave the mini outside with him as he is far too small and we have an over active coyote population.
    09-17-2010, 10:22 PM
I thought I would post a follow up message.

Things have been a little better over the past few days. My horse is spending less time crying for his buddy and a little more time being farther away from the fence separating them. In the barn, the little guy is staying in his stall with the door closed and there has been no fuss.

I've been working him close to the mini and spending time leading him around the field, farther each time. I bring him a treat every time I go to see him and have had no troubles putting the lead back on him.

He has also stopped chewing on his stall. I think this is great progress for such a short time.
    09-19-2010, 10:42 PM
Wonderful progress indeed! :)
    09-20-2010, 03:04 PM
I've also figured out he is hungry and I've been giving him more hay. The previous owner gave some ridiculous instructions and I've been under feeding him. Plus he is coming in earlier at night because he starts to cry as soon as it gets dark because he can't see the mini. Less graze time and more stall boredom.

For such a big boy he doesn't have a very manly cry LOL.
    09-21-2010, 01:54 PM
Lol...I like the part about the unmanly cry :) Good to hear things are going better...just keep up the same routine and you will be shocked at how quickly they learn.
    09-21-2010, 06:33 PM
Today was a very positive day for us. Today he has spent most of the day at the furthest end of the field so I decided to take him for a little walk down the road to see how he would be. He whinnied a little bit did not try to rush back to the field or barn. I decided to push it so I saddled him up and walked over to my neighbour who has a nice riding ring and went for a little ride. About 20 minutes in the chin strap on the hackamore broke and started flopping around. He didn't panic but didn't really know what to do. Neither did I. My friend was there and told me just ride him to the gate and he'll stop, which he did. I got off and gave him lots of love for not panicking and dumping me off or anything. I put his halter back on walked him home.

I learned a new lesson today. Inspect my tack. It came with him and I never noticed how frayed the chin strap was. I also have a seedy looking cinch strap so I will replace it before trying to ride again.

I always inspect his feet, clean them and also brush him and the pad. Didn't think about inspecting the tack which is dumb on my part.

All in all it was an awesome day for us.

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