Horse hates being left behind - count as buddy sour?
For some reason, I can't get the search function to work properly. I went back maybe 20 pages looking for an answer to this before posting as well. I'm sure there are many posts about this, but I couldn't find them (the one I did find had no replies), so I apologize for repeats.
Skipper is absolutely fine when we ride out alone. He is pretty calm and level headed for the most part. But when we ride with others, he freaks out and starts dancing around, trotting in place, trying to spin, etc. if they get too far ahead of us. Even if he can see them, he wants to be RIGHT THERE with them. (But god forbid they get too close to his butt. He gets all mad and grrface.) Anyways, last time it happened I spun him around a few times until he calmed down a bit, and kept him at a pretty controlled walk until we caught up. He was, however, still rather agitated until we got up next to the others.
It's been a very, very long time since I've ridden a horse with that issue, and honestly, I don't remember what my trainer had me do. My next step now that I'm not on him and have time to actually think about it, would be to make him work wherever we are and give him something else to think about. But what would be the best way to deal with this? What else can I do to keep him focused on ME instead of where his buddies are? The main thing I do with him is ride around the property and eventually will be going on trails once I can find a way to access them.
Fly Without Wings
Last edited by Ne0n Zero; 07-24-2013 at 03:40 PM.