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post #1 of 15 Old 07-12-2010, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Separation Anxiety-- Fence Jumping?!

Neither of my horses (Cholo+Freckles) like being separated. It makes it really hard for me to ride either of them, or even take them out. One will gallop madly around neighing and carrying for the other one. Yesterday Cholo even jumped a four foot fence and cut his leg (he's okay, but still... he could've been really hurt). I'm worried one of them is going to get really hurt and it makes it really hard to ride them. How can I get them to calmly and safely accept the fact that the other is currently occupied??

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post #2 of 15 Old 07-12-2010, 05:22 PM
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Are they in with other horses? If not I would try putting another horse with them. That way when one is out they still have a buddy. If they are with other horses then I would try putting the one you aren't using in a stall while you work with the other one.
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Are they in with other horses? If not I would try putting another horse with them. That way when one is out they still have a buddy. If they are with other horses then I would try putting the one you aren't using in a stall while you work with the other one.
That's a good idea, but I've only got two horses.
But as for the stall idea, that's good too! I've only got a lean too... maybe I could cross-tie them?

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Are they in with other horses? If not I would try putting another horse with them. That way when one is out they still have a buddy. If they are with other horses then I would try putting the one you aren't using in a stall while you work with the other one.
I agree.Try looking into another horse,maybe a miniature horse or a donkey to keep one company while you ride the other.

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I wouldn't cross tie, absolutely not. If you can get a stall made perhaps? I would definitely look into adding another into the mix.

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I also would suggust a buddy. It doesn't even need to be a horse always. I've seen horses buddied with donkeys, mini's, goats and even some with cows. If they get along than maybe consider that. Also I wouldn't tie up the horse. I would stall them. A horse that doesnt want to be tied up can be dangerous to others and itself.

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I've got a neighbor who would definitely loan me one for the summer... until I can get another in the bunch. As for the cross tying idea, I'll discard it. I do have kind of an outdoor stall that I've used on occasions, though, and I tried it tonight.

Well, it didn't work. Probably partially because he wasn't used to it, because he flipped and kept rearing and hitting the boards with his legs. I took him out because I'm so terrified of him getting hurt.

Should I try tying him up tight so he can't rear and hurt himself?? That's what his trainer recommended, but what do you guys think?

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I'd be scared to tie but that is just me. Could you have someone hold one horse while you are riding the other and feed it treats and groom it or something so it gets the idea that being alone isn't so bad? I definitely agree on the companion idea. That really helps!
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Ya don't tie the horse. I would look into getting something that they can buddy up with for sure.
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Until you can find a helpful buddy, is there any way you can take each horse out within sight of the other and close by? Have the horse which is left behind get used to you taking his friend a little further away each time until you can take him out of sight for a short period which gets longer every day?

Do you have a friend who could keep the horse left in the field occupied while you do this? Giving him treats and keeping his mind off his missing friend?

I agree with the other posts that cross-tying and tying the horse left behind is not likely to end well.

One of my youngsters suffered from separation anxiety but got over it when I rode in the next door paddock for a while, then rode along the outside of his fence line, riding a little further away, and then out of sight for longer periods of time. After a while he found it boring and started grazing.

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