Today I just took Sadie out and fed her outside of the fence. Moe of course freaked out and galloped around his pen for a few mintues. Each time he calmed down, I brought her closer. But theirs a line of trees between where we were and the pen he was in. I kept him in the paddock so he wouldn't run around the pasture like a nut. Some of the times when Sadie was grazing behind a tree he would start up again, so I'd keep her there. Once he calmed down I'd move her around.
He whinnied and spazzed, super trotting around the pen, galloping sometimes in between. I still don't completely understand why he does it, because Sadie only once looked at him. Not really with care, but sort of annoyance and curiousness like "What the heck is he doing?" Then she just continued eating. It would just be far to dangerous to tie him up, so I feel like keeping him in the paddock and taking Sadie out is a much better alternative. She's alot safer, because frankly, she doesn't even care. She actually wanted to come out by me.
Then I went to get their hay. I put Sadie out into the pasture and Moe stayed in the paddock. After I put the food in the feeder I did not let him out right away. I waited outside of the paddock to see if he'd come up to me, which of course he did not even want to come near me. After a few minutes I went out into the paddock and I hooked him up to a leadrope and started walking him around. He was absolutely fine and seemed sort of happy that I was giving attention. But it was from that, to when I walked him to the barn he started freaking out and trotting, nostrils flaring. I walked him back and fourth, made him do a few things to keep his mind focused. I took him and walked him into the barn, then right out. I walked him to the gate, then turned around walking him to the barn, and around the paddock.
He got a wee bit better each time I walked into the barn, but I could tell each time I walked that way he spazzed a little bit. I then lead him out into the pasture and walked him around. He listened to me extremely well as long as Sadie was in his sights. I walked him over to the hay and let him go after a while.
Will doing this over and over help? Or am I just making it worse some how?
Also I was wondering how other horses coming into the mix might help or hurt this. I'm not looking into getting another horse, by no means. A while ago when Moe was alone we took him to our trainer's for two months and kept him there with the herd. Would this change him at all does anyone think? Or would it just make the problem worse?
Last edited by ButtInTheDirt; 03-20-2011 at 02:11 PM.