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    06-17-2010, 12:17 PM
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So I have this new horse, and she is extremelly herd bound. She has been rescued twice. When I ride by myself she is good, but if she can see another horse she freaks and when I let her sniff another horse she strikes out and squeals. The other day she cut her foot and while I was wrapping it, horses came into view and she did not want to pay any attention to me.

Someone please help me. What should I do to help her not be so herdbound and willing to listen and trust me?
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    06-17-2010, 01:03 PM
I'd recommend finding a traine who can help teach you how to be a strong leader.

Horses look around and 'take over' when they feel like they have to. In the horse's world SOMEONE has to be making the decisions and be confident about it - if that's not you, it's them.
    06-17-2010, 02:21 PM
Yea, you definitely have to learn to be the leader here. She's not comfortable with you nor does she trust you yet, which is why everytime she see's another horse, or hears them, she acts up and wants to be with them. All horses are herd horses, you just have to gain her trust so that she feels just as safe with you, as she does with the other horses.
    06-20-2010, 06:47 AM
To me it sounds as if she needs another horse friend. Horses are naturally not use to being alone and this can affect them dramatically (hence the reason for swaying etc). Even just another animal such as a cow or goat could help.
    06-20-2010, 08:35 AM
I third the trainer suggestion. Find someone who can help get your mare manageable in multi-horse situations, and also help you learn to be more effective as a leader, worthy of respect.

Is your mare turned out with a herd? In my personal experience, turning a herd-bound horse out separately from his buddies has helped immensely. Even in adjacent paddocks at the same time, having a fence between them helped a lot.

As to the "buddy animal" idea, I personally wouldn't want to risk overattachment to any other "herd" than me, whether equine or otherwise.
    06-20-2010, 09:17 AM
Originally Posted by PoleBendingRider    
so I have this new horse, and she is extremelly herd bound. She has been rescued twice. When I ride by myself she is good, but if she can see another horse she freaks and when I let her sniff another horse she strikes out and squeals.
This isn't about being herd bound, it's about getting along with others. She may have been low on the pecking order and/or hurt by other horses in a herd, or frankly, some horses just don't like each other. A few years back one of our mares was nose to nose with one of my friends' horses and her horse tried to nip her. That was it for my mare...they would not be buddies, and I do make sure they have a little distance between them when we ride together.
In any case, you do want to let her know that the behavior is not acceptable and try and keep her focused on you (as hard as that may be).

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