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    03-22-2011, 06:19 PM
Herd Bound advice?

So I have a horse that is herd bound!! He goes crazy! He is very strong with his head so its hard to control him. I can't wait to lounge him when the mud leaves. So that will help with the bond between us and his respect towards me. But does anyone have a trick or some excerises I could practice with him. His friend soesnt care at all if I leave him alone it's just him.
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    03-22-2011, 06:28 PM
That's funny, I have the exact same issue with my mom's horse. XP Lunging helps a little. I would try and feed them separately if you can. Also, take your calmer horse away for a little bit each day, and make it longer and longer each time. That way, you're not handling the difficult one but it still get the message across that he's not being abandoned.

That's all I've got. I'm interested to see what other people have to say.
    03-22-2011, 06:55 PM
I have an Arabian that has major issues with being separated. Something that really works is -slowly- separating them over time. The thing that worked best for my horses was simply placing a fence between them. By putting that fence there it creates a barrier but it is safe for both horses. It works especially well if the horse that gets nervous has food or something that is rewarding to him. When we first took Ira away from Phantom by using the fence, he freaked out for 30 minutes or so but then settled down to eat, eventually working away from the fence and to the other side of the pasture (grain was also over there for a little bit of a push and reward from keeping calm). As time has gone by, Phantom still gets upset when he is separated but it is much less dramatic and stressful and over a much smaller amount of time.

Also, I would suggest taking the horse that -doesn't- freak out and taking him/her for a walk, just out of view of the freaking out horse. Be sure to keep someone with the stressed out horse in case intervention is needed. Essentially it is teaching the horse that it -is- okay to be left alone, you won't let anything happen to them. Eventually you can switch it up, take the horse that has the anxiety and take THEM out for a walk without their friend. Be sure to be safe, wear a helmet, proper boots, and gloves the first few times.
Making it a daily routine will make the process better for you and your horse.

On the walk back, be sure your horse is being respectful. If he/she starts to pull and get excited, make him stand. Talk to him and praise him for being calm. If it's really bad, turn around and walk the other direction until he calms down enough to continue back.

Over all -use your common sense-. Don't do something dangerous. Do what is safe and smart for both you and your horse :) This is just my personal experience with my horse. Improv may be needed. Good luck!
    03-23-2011, 05:36 PM
I had an off the track Standardbred mare who acted like this too. Lots of halter work. Teach him how to give to pressure, backing up and yielding hindquarters away from you (most important). Every time he starts calling out, acting pushy or acting up at all, get his feet moving and make him work. I used to have to work my mare in front of the pasture gate because she would get really pushy when turning her out or refuse to move forward when leading her to the barn, it took awhile for it to sink in but she eventually learned if she didn’t keep her attention on me or refused what I was asking her to do , the work load got 10x’s harder. Same applies when riding, wherever she started acting up is where we worked! It may take some time for him to get it but if you do it consistently you can nip that behavior in the butt!
    03-23-2011, 10:07 PM
Thanks everybody I will definantly use all that advice!!!

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