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post #1 of 4 Old 12-06-2010, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Mare gets scared when I am riding my gelding...

So recently I have been riding my gelding Cherokee more so he loses some of his winter belly...I know its only the beginning but he looks FAT! So when we go riding, I normally let the mare just follow behind throughout the pasture we ride in. Well lately, she has gotten really scared of me being on Cherokee and she freaks out and runs around in circles, therefore, Cherokee gets excited and prances and dances and you name it...then he gets snotty and shakes his head and pins his ears back and I don't know how to stop it. Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 4 Old 12-06-2010, 10:08 PM
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All I can suggest is to not ride with other horses loose in the pasture. Tie up your mare when you ride or something. will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. ... Explore. Dream. Discover.”
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post #3 of 4 Old 12-07-2010, 12:31 AM
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Agreed...tie or stall the mare, and focus on the gelding. I highly doubt the mare is 'afraid' of you as well, she is probably just frisky because it's chilly, and wants to go for a good romp around the pasture. I've ridden in pastures with other horses, and sometimes just having a person on one of the herdmates gives them extra eagerness to play, not sure why, just does. So tie her up, or put a saddle on, and make that gelding work his tail off when ever he gets prancy; just because there is another distraction there, doesn't mean he shouldn't have to respond to you.

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Maybe try having someone walk the horse on one side of the pasture, and have your mare walk calmly to the gelding, circle at a far distance, and gradually bring her closer as she bahaves. Try making it fun being around the other horse when you are near it, and make it more work when she acts up. If you take your mare out or off the property, this could be a problem if she learns she can do this with other horses, and she may make it a habbit.
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