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    03-01-2011, 04:22 PM
Relaxing a horse while its copmanion is working?

I have finally got insurance sorted out and was able to ride Bustie finally but her field companion (and 4yr old daughter) goes nuts! I can't leave her tied because she freaks and is gradually diminishing my suply of bailer twine and has ripped a post out the ground... Its just not safe for her.

So I got a friend to play with her while I schooled Bustie but Alli had non of it, gave her handler rope burn and prompty came over to join Bustie.
So, we trotted around a little with Alli coming with us then when we walked and gave Bustie a break, Alli turned all evil! She had her ears glued to her head and was trying to bite and rearing up at me and Bustie. (Bustie was great and ingored her and listened to me but she wasn't the problem) And that was even more dangerous than before!

Long story short, Alli will watch Bustie being lunged no problem but flips when I mount and aren't trotting or cantering. I am completely baffeled! She is usually very relaxed and happy for anything to happen... What might she be thinking to cause it and how can I help her calm down??
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    03-01-2011, 04:27 PM
Any one got any ideas :S please? Im stupmed!!!!
    03-01-2011, 04:35 PM
Green Broke
Seperate them and keep her out of eye sight
    03-01-2011, 04:40 PM
I will do soon when we can move to the barn! But at the moment I can't for now. She hasn't seen a rider before (handler, yes handler riding, no) is it perhaps an instinct to not like things on horses backs because of predators and that?
    03-01-2011, 04:52 PM
Green Broke
She just sounds spoiled to me
    03-01-2011, 05:50 PM
Perhaps a search for threads about "herd bound" would help. That is just what you have.
    03-02-2011, 05:00 AM
Is there anywhere secure that you can leave her? I'd put her in a secure high walled round yard if possible, and leave her there to sort it out herself. Trying to comfort her is just going to enhance the problem and also put her ground manners back a notch as in her panic mode she'll walk all over you without thinking about it.

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