Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
Elana's suggestion is very good- separating them in a safe way now is going to be an important step of their training. I would add something positive to it to help them build up to the idea that being apart isn't without its perks. What are you feeding them? If they're getting some grain or a hard feed, I would switch to only giving them that portion of their food when they're separated so they have something to look forward to in the situation. If not grain, maybe a couple carrots or the like. Given they're young, being worried about being alone in the field or leaving their buddy is normal. They have neither the natural confidence nor the training to accept it quietly yet when their instinct are shouting at them that a lone horse might become something's dinner.
The truth of the matter is that their training has started with you already. Even if you're not saddling them up and teaching riding skills, every interaction you have with them is a training and learning experience. Use that to your advantage to work on manners, groundwork, skills like moving off of pressure, and of course, learning to deal with the other horse being gone for a bit.
Do they both know how to tie properly and calmly yet? If not, I would work on that (LOTS of good threads on how to do that here if you use the search box). That way, even if you don't have a stall, you could tie one horse while you work the other. Start off staying nearby and gradually move further off and then out of sight until you know that the one who is tied won't freak out and hurt herself while you're away working the other.
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