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post #1 of 6 Old 07-09-2014, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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Herd Issues that affect riding.

I have a gelding that I got two years ago, and we have only had him in with mares ever since. Well, we just got a new gelding, and I thought they had the pecking order figured out because its been about 2 months since we got the new gelding. I took my gelding out today bareback, and he's usually really good, but lately he has been really gravitating toward the pasture and threw me some really high rears because he did not get his way. This is getting dangerous and I don't know what to do about it. The weird part is that he and the other gelding don't fight! But he's never been this way toward the mares before. What can I do to fix this? I don't think I am able to separate the two geldings right now.
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-09-2014, 11:16 PM
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It has nothing to do with the other horse. The horse you're riding is disrespecting you because he doesn't respect you as leader. He's buddy sour and is throwing a fit to go back to his friends.

I think you should research some groundwork techniques (Clinton Anderson has a great series called Gaining Respect and Control on the Ground). Even better would be for you to get a trainer to help.
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He sounds very buddy/barn sour. Of course, you know this. A while back my mare did a similar thing - keep him concentrated during your ride. Keep him engaged in your activities and don't let him get bored. Work on new things that will engage his mind to think(: My mare had the issue because she had been turned out all winter (I was away at school) and basically didn't want to leave her friends and go back to work. Nobody had worked with her all winter. It took me only a little while to get her back on track, listening and respecting our training/riding sessions.
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I see it both ways....a herd bound horse (hate that....never had a herd bound and never will), and a horse that doesn't take the rider seriously and is not focused on the rider at all. So that puts the ball in the RIDER'S court.

Question....what is the reason you can't separate the two geldings? Is it just personal preference or environmental (as no other paddock etc).

For your problem....your horse is dictating when he's going to be worked and that needs to be stopped. When he wants to be stupid, you make his butt work even harder, so he is focused on what you are asking and doing, and yep...gets a little bit tired. Rearing is serious, and it may be that this horse needs some professional intervention with you involved through the whole process, or you find a horse that has no herd bound issues.
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-10-2014, 07:52 PM
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My barn got a few new boarders who both have mares. My gelding is out with 4 mares and one other gelding, he really loves mares and always wants to "protect" them. He has gotten even more herd sour, but has not gotten dangerous, he just runs away when I come to get him from the field. What my trainer did was separate him from the herd to show him that if he's not going to behave, he will be separated. I don't know if this will help your situation, but I really hope you figure a way to fix your predicament. Stay safe and good luck!
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Dancing Arabian, Thanks for your reply! I have the Fundamentals kit, but I havent started him in it though . . . .I will get started! :)
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