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        05-19-2009, 11:38 AM
    Groundwork will be key here. If you can keep hold of him and not endanger yourself when he's excited and trying to get out into the pasture ASAP, walk him back out of the pasture and let him sit and calm down (this may take several minutes as he may be confused as to why you're walking out of the pasture when he knows he's about to be turned out). After a few minutes walk him back in as if you're going to turn him out, if he proceeds to get excited and attempt to run off before you get the halter off, walk him back out again. Just repeat this until it clicks that if he tries to get away, he won't be let loose. He'll realize soon enough that if he fights you he'll have to wait that much longer to go play with his buddies, and let's face it, no horse wants that!
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        05-19-2009, 03:11 PM
    My mare is horrible about that too...and what I did so both she and I didnt get hurt was tie her under a tree(so she wouldnt hurt her neck by pulling I used an old inner tube wrapped around a big branch above her head so there was some give, then the lead rope tied thru the innertube)...first time for 30 mins..and then gradually add time. The tree was behind the barn where she couldnt see the boys (she was not happy)...but eventually she realized that it didnt matter how much pawing/noise she made she was there until she calmed down and started to accept the separation( and the fact she would see them again)..the reason I did this was she was downright dangerous about the separation anxiety from her buddies..she seriously hurt herself one day when I took her away to give her a bath..so when I start feeling like I am being a meanie about it..I just remember the vet visit and the injury she got from that anxiety and now that she is ridable she could really hurt her rider too(my 14 yo daughter). So it is for her wellfare that she gets better about it. She still has some issues but she is much more calm (that was the goal) about the anxiety than she used to be...also just getting her off the property helps too if you have that option. But as everyone stated its a patience and trust thing....it takes time but well worth the effort.
        05-19-2009, 10:12 PM
    I'm mainly the only person Bay trusts. He doesnt mind people, but he listens to me, and he ground ties perfectly, he just has his moments. And now, I do not ride him, until I get him into a working frame, so I lunge him, in the round pen away from everyone. He does do well, but he still gets anxious at times.
        05-20-2009, 08:31 PM
    Well girl, it sounds to me like you've got it all under control and that he's coming along nicely.

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