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    01-16-2012, 06:41 PM
Question Horse fine with stablemate but NOT with other horses

I have a 6 year old Gelded TB, and have owned him for a year. Me & wife have taken him on about 30 good trail rides by ourselves. She rides his stablemate, a Gelded Arabian Cross.
Recently we took him out with friends who just got horses, and we wanted to go on a trail ride together. He got VERY ANXIOUS even when they pulled up, and it only got WORSE; to the point of scaring myself & others. The ride was NOT pleasant. He charged one of the other horses, couldn't ride straight, bucked a bit, and was out of sorts.
The second time, We couldn't even ride because he acted like he was going to pull the whole trailer over. Sweating, Anxious, Acting Crazy, we finally managed to re-trailer him & abort the ride.
We are in our 50's, and can't easily control a 17 hand BIG HORSE, when acting up like this.

WE NEED HELP. . . Please
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    01-16-2012, 09:33 PM
Green Broke
That horse thinks he is the leader, not you. He needs ground work and basic leadership training.
I am not an expert, but the last thing you ever want to do is reward a horse for acting a fool, by aborting the ride that is exactly what you have done.
Never let a horse get away with that. If it wasnt safe to ride I woulda made him walk the trail with me on the ground leading,
Take him again tie him to the trailer, if he acts up untie him lunge him in a circle till his tounge hangs out, left right, back up, left right.
Retie him to the trailer, he acts up untie repeat. He'll get the hint real fast.
Get out on the trail, if he bats an eye at another, horse, work him, back up, forawrd, fast circles, figure 8's around trees, back on trail at a walk, at forst sign of agression, repeat, spin him in circles, or back him up, I like figure 8's around trees, anything that makes his feet move and makes him think. Do it every single time, you have to do it every time at the first ear pinning, or turn and snap,
    01-16-2012, 11:11 PM
This horse needs some professional training. Whatever he does out on his own around other horses in a pasture setting is his own business, however when he is under your control & acts like you described, that is dangerous.
    01-16-2012, 11:12 PM
He needs practice, too. Haul him places and leave him tied to the trailer, or pony him off another horse, or ride him in a controlled environment where you can easily control him.

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