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post #1 of 4 Old 03-10-2009, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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Question Help, Horses are Buddy Spoiled

Hi,
We purchased 2 new horses who have been together for...not even sure how long, but enough that they are spoiled to each other. We let them run with our other horse on 15 acres. We have just started getting them out daily for ground work and lite riding preparing for shows and trails. If we get one out to work and ride, he goes nuts tring to get back to the others. Not to the point of crazy but enough that it isn't alot of fun. Are there any tips on seperation anxiety? Do you think stalling them seperately would help? Anything else? Please help.
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post #2 of 4 Old 03-10-2009, 10:48 PM
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I had the same problem with my new gelding. Before I got him, he was stabled with no other horses around. At my stable he has a neighbor 3 yr old mare who rapidly became his best friend. So after I gave him time off to get used to the new stable and started doing work with him, the seperation anxiety began. When I would lead him away from his stall and he could still see her, he was fine. The round pen faces the stalls so he was fine there. But when I moved him over to the arena, he could no longer see her and would really freak out. His eyes would get super big and he couldnt stand still. He would whinny over and over for her. SO what I did was take him out of his stall and walk him out of sight of her a little at a time. Go towards the arena, make him stand quietly, then put him away. Repeat the next day going away a little farther. Now we can go all the way to the arena and do work without him worrying about her. We had to do a lot of in hand work to establish he could trust me to take care of him without her.

I wouldnt stall them seperatly, he is just telling you that is my herd, I am safe with them. Work on taking him away from the herd with increasing distances and do lots of ground work with him so he focuses on you as the herd leader. Once he can put all his trust in you, he wont have problems leaving the herd...he will know you will take care of him and when you are done, you will put him back with the herd.

Hope that helps a little, sorry so long but I know how you feel!!
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post #3 of 4 Old 03-10-2009, 11:06 PM
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I agree with what rosie said. The other horse is his herd. Right now, he has no reason to trust you and allow you to be his leader. Slowly work on getting them apart from eachother. Reward him when he is quiet, and try to get him to focus on and form a bond with you. You can stall them separately and "wean" them from eachother, but I think it is possible to do it in a less stressful manner.
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post #4 of 4 Old 03-11-2009, 12:09 PM
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I agree with rosie as well. When you do work with the horse do a lot of bonding and confidence building exercises to help him gain trust in you.
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