How to Get a Horse Over Pigs (really!)
I have had horses 40+ years and never encountered this one. I moved my horses to a farm area last year. My mare has a fixation on pigs and cannot get over them. Her anxiety is extreme. Our pasture is kiddy corner to 5 huge pigs....after 6 month she almost goes near the fence line. The other pigs are 15 acres away and she fixates on them totally and daily. I cannot even ride her down the road near that farm.
She has no problem with all other farm animals, just pigs. I've put Vicks in her nostrils, fed her near the fence line, lead her by the pig farm. Short of buying a pig, I'm not sure what to do. Neighbors said I could put her in with their pigs. I'm sure she would have a melt down or run through the fence. I've fed her Quietex, herbal teas, reduced her to grass hay, but she still has to much adrenaline pumping her brain. I've taken her/ponied her with other horses....that sort of works. It seems lately that everything she does is pig motivated.
It's been 9 months now and I see no end in sight. At least she does not quiver and sweat anymore, she just stares with her eyes bulged out and every muscle is stiff. So anyone got any bright ideas on solving this pig mystery?
Any and all suggestions welcome. Many thanks!