My nervous 3 year old - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 Old 07-12-2011, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 23
• Horses: 6
Question My nervous 3 year old

I have a black 3 year old thoroughbred filly that I'm just starting to work with. She's always been friendly; the first one to meet you in the pasture, easy to catch, loves to be messed with, everything. However, her buddies are my two walker mares and her "boyfriend" is a mustang gelding. Every time I take her out of the pasture to work with her, she gets the wild eye and is always so nervous. She's constantly calling to them, even after I lunge her to get her energy out. All of the articles I've read say to take her away from any distractions, but it's a small farm. No matter where you are, the horses are always in sight. I'm excited to be training her finally, but I don't know what to do about her nervous nellie issue

you wish you were this smooth
lovemygaitedbabies is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 8 Old 07-12-2011, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 23
• Horses: 6

you wish you were this smooth
lovemygaitedbabies is offline  
post #3 of 8 Old 07-12-2011, 08:10 PM
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Iowa
Posts: 6,051
• Horses: 0
I would seperate her if possible, she is getting herd bound
churumbeque is offline  
post #4 of 8 Old 07-12-2011, 08:17 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: ~*~ NEBRASKA ~*~
Posts: 4,367
• Horses: 5
It sounds to me like you may want to consider temporarily boarding her elsewhere so that she can get used to not being with her pals, as well as to give you a place to work with her without the distractions. Unfortunately, this is the only thing I can come up with that will help....she just really needs to get away so she can stop becoming herd bound.
Cinnys Whinny is offline  
post #5 of 8 Old 07-12-2011, 09:57 PM
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Mannford, Ok
Posts: 429
• Horses: 2
I would tie her away from them after working her so she learns nothing terrible is going to happen while away from them.

You can start with 10 min and build from there.... just another idea:)
Posted via Mobile Device
mysticalhorse is offline  
post #6 of 8 Old 07-13-2011, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 23
• Horses: 6
Thanks guys :)

you wish you were this smooth
lovemygaitedbabies is offline  
post #7 of 8 Old 07-13-2011, 07:32 PM
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Western MA
Posts: 521
• Horses: 1
There are a few threads on herd bound issues that have some great advice. I'm in the same boat, no where to go and my horse is 3 too. I think he really doesn't have the confidence to be alone. Can you walk her in hand and out of sight at all? That helps mine...
momo3boys is offline  
post #8 of 8 Old 07-15-2011, 12:16 AM
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 504
• Horses: 0
Hi we had that type of problem as well so we seperated them from each other a little time here a little time there. We put one in the round pen and fed him in the round pen. I don't think you have to have a huge space to do that. The horse that wasn't herd bound we took out and put on a pic line on the other side of our house, the herd bound gelding carried on but soon went on to do what he does best eating I'd say that this behaviour went on for about a month off and on until it dissapeared all together.
chandra1313 is offline  

buddy sour , nervous , training advice , young

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Nervous... Wallaby Horse Talk 6 04-26-2011 06:45 AM
11 year old Appy & 2 year old QH for Sale spence Horses for Sale 2 01-30-2011 07:49 PM
Just Nervous.... Cowgirl140ty Horse Talk 2 08-02-2010 08:36 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome