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    09-10-2010, 11:59 PM
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Foal
Question Herd Bound Horse..Suggestions?

I have recently found myself with a project horse, not mine but someone elses-an opportunity to ride for free. He is a 10yo arab/QH who has been out at pasture with two other horses for the past year. Within that year he was not ridden or worked with in any way. So now he will not move without the other horses. He plants his feet and backs up to kicks, rears, bucks, wheels around and tries to bolt back to the herd. Pretty much everything a naughty horse could do. I am generally a gentle rider but I have been very firm with him and haven't changed his behavior much. He will ride decently if another horse is in the field with us. I haven't been at it long, so maybe he just needs time, but I have never had a horse with this problem so any suggestions would be great!
     
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    09-11-2010, 01:06 AM
  #2
Foal
If there's any way you can, school him in the field with his friends or get someone to help you school him where he can see and be near them. When he's working comfortably, start adding distance to the horses and gradually work it up to being out of sight of them. It's a long process but it's the best way I've found to get over a horse being herd bound. Each time you increase the distance, increase it to the point where the horse starts to be a little more uncomfortable and then work there until he relaxes. Patience is your best friend with a horse like this.
     
    09-11-2010, 07:49 AM
  #3
Trained
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Originally Posted by BellaAndOlly    
If there's any way you can, school him in the field with his friends or get someone to help you school him where he can see and be near them. When he's working comfortably, start adding distance to the horses and gradually work it up to being out of sight of them. It's a long process but it's the best way I've found to get over a horse being herd bound. Each time you increase the distance, increase it to the point where the horse starts to be a little more uncomfortable and then work there until he relaxes. Patience is your best friend with a horse like this.
I agree, and patience is indeed your best friend. For a horse, the herd is all about safety, and that is a very strong instinct.
     
    09-11-2010, 08:01 AM
  #4
Foal
Wow. Strange. I had an arab/QH a few years ago who was like that though she wasn't as bad. Just got really funny without the other hroses. I found that if I walked her away from the others and she started to get silly I would just make her take a few more steps and then stop her, wait till she was standing still and comfortable with where she was and then walk her back. Do this each time and little by little once you push the boundaries each time, they will get bigger and you will be able to move further away each time. Sheila Laxon (Australian Race horse trainer) wrote an autobiography and did a really good chapter on "nappy horses" if you can get your hands on that book it would probably be pretty useful.
     
    09-11-2010, 08:01 AM
  #5
Foal
Also, is it possible to put the horse in a paddock on its own for a while where he can't get near other horses?
     

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