Question of barn sour horses!
My boss has 4 horses who i'm always around and I feed them often. She is a very busy person with her business and family and doesn't really have time to ride 4 horses the way she should. She did have a trainer work on them all the time but that can get pricy especially with 4 horses so she asks me to go over to her barn and lunge them/ride them/ and spend time with them.
Well i've been feeding them and ive been around them, working with them, ect for months now i know them and their personalities pretty well. I'm not allowed to ride them since the owner at the barn she boards at is VERY picky and does not allow anyone on her horses unless my boss, or my bosses trainer is there. So unless she is there I just do groundwork with them, wash them, feed them, groom them, etc.
My boss boards at a private barn, it's a small barn but has a large pasture. She has 2 stalls, a run in, a tack/feed room and a GIANT pasture all for herself. The downside is that the barn is smack middle of the pasture and there is only one pasture, maybe 2 acres, maybe more? But it is all connected and there is no way to separate the 4 horses unless you put 2 in the stalls. She is the only person boarding there since there is no room for more horses.
Two of her horses ( her only gelding and a mare) Eli and Gabby are pasture horses. The other two ( two mares) Cal and Star go in the stalls at night. The gelding is the alfa. Her two pasture horses, do not like Cal and Star. So that is why at night Cal and Star go together in the stalls because Cal is 28 years old, is blind in one eye and whinnys all night if she is alone.
But during the day all the horses are together in the big pasture. Her Eli is spoiled rotten and is STUBBORN! He pushes all the other horses around, eats everyone's hay but is a sweetheart. He is my favorite and I love him.
Last week my boss and I tried taking Cal and Star out for a trail ride. It's been awhile since anyone has ridden them and they were fine leaving the pasture, and walking down the driveway - Eli and Gabby were pacing up and down the pasture, bucking and whinnying. Cal and Star kept going but once they could not longer see the barn they started to act up. Cal tried bucking my boss off and Star kept walking me into trees. They would not listen to anything, especially Star. She is 12 and can get hot. I would turn her in a circle and use my legs and she would have her neck bend at my boot and would keep walking towards the driveway. Cal listened a little better than Star but Star would not listen to any of my body language and completely ignored the fact that I was on her. She would only listen when we were in the driveway.
Well today we tried taking Eli and Gabby. We put Star in the stall with a flake of hay and left Cal out. She was busy in the front grazing and paid no attention has we walked down the driveway so we thought we were good. Well we got farther than we did with Cal and Star and then Gabby started acting up. She ran my boss right back to the driveway and that is when Cal noticed and started pacing by the fence. Eli was good when I kept in away from the grass. He listened to me and stopped when I said whoa, turned when I told him to turn etc, didn't act up, but if he got to grass like on the side of the road, it's like everything I was doing was right over his head. He would put his head down to graze, I would make him push his head up and he would start acting up. Once on the road he was good. But we weren't gonna be on the road forever. Well Gabby kept getting worse and it was getting late so we called it a night.
What do we do with barn sour horses like this? It's really annoying anyone have a problem like this?