Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
Not to be mean but this has to be said. Your horses do not look to you as their leader. They do not feel safe with you. It is human nature for us to not want them to suffer or get hurt, let alone damage property.
Just like we have to teach a child that is attached to a pacifier or blanket, they will be ok without them. It takes some tough or rough times but they do make it through. With a child, you display confidence and show them love to help them. You have to do the same with horses. Don't let them see you're nervous and scared that they are going to react.
Since we can't verbally assure the horses, it may take some extreme measures or tough love. It may take tying one up away from the others for a few hours at a time. Only return them to the others when the one tied is calm and relaxed while being tied, which may take several hours the first few times. Working them next to the others and letting them rest away from them works also. Taking them on walks away from the others and increase their safety zone or comfort zone, just try to keep their focus on you and not back on the others.
Good luck with it because it won't be easy, not at first but it will get better if you stay consistent and confident.
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