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    07-20-2009, 02:36 PM
  #1
Foal
Horse won't return to the field?!

I have posted a similar thread about getting my horse back into the pasture, but couldn't because of pushy and ill-mannered pasture mates.

But now, I have a new problem.

I was able to get the herd to scatter and keep away from the gate. Yaaaaay! But now, my horse refuses to go back into the field. I have no problem getting him out. He just follows me out with no problem. But getting him back in is a different story. I've tried gentle persausion. I've tried treats.

I don't know if anyone has had this problem with a horse. I seem like the only person at the barn who's horse will follow them out of the field and is eager to work, but won't return to the field when it is time.

Everyone seems to have the opposite. Horse won't leave the field and practically runs you over to get back in.

Maybe you guys have some suggestions. Thanks!
     
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    07-20-2009, 10:47 PM
  #2
Foal
Haha yea I don't know, i've never heard of that. The horse just doesnt like its pasturemates. How many are there? Maybe try getting the horse used to being around the gate again, letting them graze, get used to the other horses? Sorry im at a loss, I never had it happen before
     
    07-20-2009, 11:52 PM
  #3
Trained
I usually lead horse out, and lead it out... You can always carry a crop or shorter longe whip to keep the pesky pasture mates at bay while you bring him back in...

I had trouble with horses crowding my new boy Danni too, for a while, but after a few times of me shoeing them away with a swift fling of my lead rope, or a whip, and they got the message to leave well enough alone, whether I was leading him in or out. There's nothing worse than pasture mates that won't allow you to catch or release your horse safely!
     
    07-21-2009, 10:32 PM
  #4
Foal
That's the thing mom2pride. I got the pasture mates to stay away. My boy just won't go back in. It's sooo weird

Hahaha...I'm just at a lost. He's so eager to come out, but not so eager to get back in. He's a diamond in a rough.

He's been in the field with them for a while now and he has no problem with grazing around and outside of the gate. Just won't go back in. Hahaha...I'm at a lost.
     
    07-22-2009, 01:40 AM
  #5
Trained
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Originally Posted by JadedEyes    
That's the thing mom2pride. I got the pasture mates to stay away. My boy just won't go back in. It's sooo weird

Hahaha...I'm just at a lost. He's so eager to come out, but not so eager to get back in. He's a diamond in a rough.

He's been in the field with them for a while now and he has no problem with grazing around and outside of the gate. Just won't go back in. Hahaha...I'm at a lost.
Are you leading him or expecting him just to follow you back in? If he is low man on the totem pole, no amount of bribery may make him go in willingly, atleast without a lead...Either that, he's figured out, "oooh, grass, and mom's standing there, holding the other horses back, so I can just stay here and eat!"

If you're trying to walk him in without a lead, I suggest you start leading him back with atleast a lead looped around his neck; that way if he stops, you can just keep going, and he will reach the end of the lead, and realize the grass is not his to eat at that moment in time. After awhile of doing this, you may not have to use the lead rope anymore, but I would use it consistantly, until he willingly follows you back in.
     
    07-22-2009, 01:19 PM
  #6
Foal
Yes, I do use a lead rope to lead him back in. But it ends up being a tug of war and that isn't good, either. I'm going to try the lunge whip that I bought and use it on his shoulder as a way to indicate forward motion. We shall see what happens tonight. Thanks though M2P.
     
    07-22-2009, 03:14 PM
  #7
Yearling
Is the gate open quite wide? You may think it's wide enough but he may think it isn't. They are very claustrophobic.

He also could be getting mixed signals from you shooing the others away. I assume you do that with him in tow.

OR
He could be getting beat up by the others and really doesn't want to be with them.
     
    07-22-2009, 11:17 PM
  #8
Trained
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Originally Posted by JadedEyes    
Yes, I do use a lead rope to lead him back in. But it ends up being a tug of war and that isn't good, either. I'm going to try the lunge whip that I bought and use it on his shoulder as a way to indicate forward motion. We shall see what happens tonight. Thanks though M2P.
Do you turn around to face him? He may be interpreting that as a cue to not come forward.
     
    07-22-2009, 11:28 PM
  #9
Weanling
I have a mini mare that will turn around and run back out of the pasture if I turn her out with a certain mini mare because she gets beat up by her. If I turn her out with others or by herself she is fine with being outside. Majority of the time I have seen this it is because the horse is being beat up and sometimes ganged up on by their pasturemates.
     
    07-23-2009, 02:02 AM
  #10
Foal
Timmy is a very smart horse and he picks up on things very quickly. He also knows exactly what I want him to do. He will follow me around the field. He will walk next to me on the road. He will stop when he wanders too far away from me. He's the type of horse that is too smart for their own good sometimes.

He is an instigator in the field. He will bite a horse on purpose, just for a reaction. I have seen him do this. He does get beat up because of this.

I have come up with my own solution to my little problem. My new lunge whip has finally come. I used it today. It kept the other horses away. I also used it to lightly tap Timmy on the butt to push his forward while I stood at his shoulder. It worked. He got the idea and briskly walked into the field. I reminded him that he wasn't in trouble and gave him a nice treat and a good rub down (which is more rewarding to him than food).

Thank you for everyone's advice. But it was not through any fault of my own. It was just him being a little bit too smart. If you know what I mean.
     

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