I bought her about a year ago as a 4 year old and have since trained her to become an awesome little trail riding and cow horse. She is great in a lot of ways, but lately she has been stressing me out to the max.
About 2 months ago, my boyfriend bought a 13.2 hand paint horse that I absolutely cannot stand but he loves. She came in and completely runs all of my horses. Before this paint horse came, I would go out in the field and sit by the creek and my mares would come stand with me for hours and just hang out. One would even lay down by me sometimes. Now, when I go out my two horses will walk toward me but that paint horse will walk in front of them and turn them away. (All are mares.) She will keep them away from me and whenever I walk up to her she will either walk away from me or turn her butt to me, or run my horses to the other end of the field. My two horses are much bigger but she completely charges them.
Before this paint, I could walk out and halter my horses without a problem. Now, whenever I walk out she runs my horses to the other end of the field.
Then, came the straw that broke the camels back. We have a large piece of property about 5 miles down the highway from my house. It's a extremely curvy county road and there isn't much traffic, but several cars and tank trucks travel down it. Usually, I can ride all the way down it and stay far away from the highway just fine
Anyway, I took my horse out for a ride on the property down the road and ponied my other bay horse. I've done this countless times but this was the first time I had done it since we got the paint horse. My horse was extremely extremely nervous and kept turning around and neighing and sweating and prancing. She was very difficult to control and I thought about heading back and giving up, but I was being stubborn and wanted my horse to learn to be away from her buddy. She has NEVER had buddy problems with my bay horse.
We finally made it to the property 5 miles away and started riding. The property isn't fenced, but it is far far away from the highway, so I let my bay horse go because she just follows us. We've done this soooo many times and everything has been fine.
My horse was getting more and more nervous and then just exploded. She bronc bucked about three times, threw me in the dirt, and headed toward home. My bay horse followed her for a little bit, but she is trained to stay with the rider if they fall so she came back to me. But, she didn't have a saddle and is pretty bad about crow hopping and was excited anyway so I didn't want to chase my horse on her.
My horse headed straight to the highway, snapped her reins and headed HOME. I ran after her for as long as I could with my bay horse following me but I eventually had to stop. I immediately called the police and they caught her in the middle of the highway about 200 yards from my house. She tried to run over one of the cops and just freaked out trying to get back to the stupid paint horse. She didn't care about the bay horse with me AT ALL.
I was panicking. I could imagine someone coming around a curve and hitting her and killing themselves. Eeeep.
When I got home I tied her far away from the paint for the rest of the day (with water, in the shade.) She almost uprooted the tree pawing and kept sitting back on the halter and trying to break free. It was terrible.
The trainer came to see what her deal was and she almost ran over her as well.
This horse has NEVER done ANYTHING like this. She is laid back, smart and cool headed. She has never been extremely barn sour or buddy sour at all. Today, I trailered her and my bay horse to a new location and she had no trouble riding away from the bay horse at all. She acted perfect. And the paint horse was no where in sight.
This paint horse has completely changed my horses attitude whenever she is around and has really changed the herd dynamic. I really, really hate her... And that's hard for me to say because I LOVE horses. I've had them my entire life.
The paint horse is really submissive on the ground and in the round pen. Works like a dream and never gets pushy or pissed.
I'm at a loss. I don't even know what to do anymore.
I can't even ride at home anymore because my horse goes bezerk when this paint horse is out of sight. I've done all the riding exercises with riding them away from each other and all that and it just hasn't worked at all. Right now, I tie my horse for about an hour out of sight of the paint horse. She is getting better at standing tied and no longer pulls back but she still paws and wants to get back to the paint. (Before anyone flips out, I tie her in the shade with water and watch her the entire time.)
Any advice/similar stories/herd dynamic info would be appreciated!
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