Gelding getting dangerous with barn/buddy sour issue

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    06-27-2012, 09:25 AM
Gelding getting dangerous with barn/buddy sour issue

My gelding boards with 1 other older horse in his pen but he is able to see a lot of other horses around him. During the day, the older horse is put out to pasture where he cannot see her but she is put back in the evening.

Anyway, sometimes when I take my horse out he tries calling out to her or the other horses, especially if they start neighing but he usually kept his focus on me. When we are in the arena near the barn, he is usually pretty good. But as soon as I try to take him out by himself, he fights me the whole way, is unfocused, and is becoming dangerous. Yesterday, he refused to go forward at one point and half reared. I finally got off him and walked him where I wanted to go and as soon as the barn was hidden by trees, I let him graze. That was probably a mistake because he was still looking toward the barn. Then when we started back to the barn, he started fast walking and trotting in place when I wouldn't let him go faster. I stopped him and made him stand still but all of a sudden he backed up really fast, spun around and half reared again. I pulled him around and made him stand still again. When I was satisfied with him standing, I nudged him forward but he still was in a hurry. I made him do figure 8's/serpentines back at the barn but he still wanted to go back to his pen. Then I tied him up for about 15 minutes, still saddled.

It's starting to get so bad that even when we are in the barn area, where he can see the other horses, he is still pawing the ground when I make him stand still, he keeps neighing, and he is starting to disobey commands.

Where I board, the place is set up so basically anywhere I ride, he can see the barn/buddies but as soon as we get "too far" he starts freaking out. And that "too far" is getting closer and closer to the barn, even when I work him hard around it and let him relax away from it. Any suggestions on what to do?
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    06-27-2012, 09:59 AM
I do want to add...last week I rode him bareback with another horse/rider down the same area where he reared yesterday and he did ok. He did kind of fight me and tried to turn around in that area but was a heck of a lot better with another horse.
    06-27-2012, 10:49 AM
He is very anxious... keep his mind off of the other horses by doing little exercises like small working circles or lateral flexion. Eventually he will start to work his mouth (lick/chew) and relax. Don't let him go back until he is relaxed.
    06-27-2012, 11:07 AM
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I would back up a little and do some Respect/trust building excercises on the ground. Horses start acting like that because a) they don't have any respect for you or veiw you as their leader or b) they don't trust you, so they feel very vunerable away from their herd mates.

Stick to the ground untill you have his trust, respect and attention around the farm and walking away from the farm, then go back to saddle work.
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    06-27-2012, 11:10 AM
Just to clarify - The exercises I were referring to were in-hand. Not in the saddle.
    06-27-2012, 11:29 AM
Ditto to bluespark. Work his butt off on the ground. When he wants to barge forward back him up until he doesn't even think about barging forward again. Wherever he is most buddy sour do the most ground exercises.
    06-27-2012, 11:29 AM
I know there is a ton of good information on here in previous posts that you can check out on this as well.
What I have done and was taught to do with a horse like this is just let him go back to the barn and once your where he wants to be just start putting him into a serious work out. Trot/lope circles, stop, change direction and don't be afraid to get after him. Basically you want him to associate his buddy or the barn area with work then just ride him off nice and easy till he wants to stop and come back then do it all over again. It takes some time but better than getting in a fight with him and potentially having him rear over on you. I can tell you from experience having a horse flip over on you because they reared is not much fun.
Also like mentioned previously doing some ground work wouldn't hurt either.

Good luck!
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