Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Southeastern US
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A sticky situation...need help!
I've been working with horses for a long time, but this is a new one for me and I'm curious for some ideas.
I have had to move my horses to a boarding facility for the next year or so while we completely re-seed our pastures and give them a chance to take hold and grow.
Before that, we had our 2 horses turned out together in about 3 acres. In their new situation, they are in about 8 acres with 4 other horses. Suddenly my horse doesn't want to be caught. I know how to deal with that, and have been working on it...but my GOSH this is a huge pasture with a great big hill in it, too. Talk about a work out!
The problem is when we return to the pasture. As soon as I go through the gate my horse starts acting ridiculous. He is super impatient for me to let him go, and has tried to bolt away from me and dances around and tries to push his way away from me. I refuse to let him go while he's acting like this, and thus reward him. I have been making him wait until he stands calmly...but I'll be honest, it's about all I can do to keep him from getting away from me. When the other horses make their way to the gate and start getting into the mix, it just becomes worse and I get a little concerned with all those feet moving around us.
This is a new problem for me, and with all the other horses around and the level of activity I am unsure about how to go about this. My "go to" is to ask the horse to work until he's ready to stand still. This becomes an issue with all the other horses moving around and getting caught up in the rope...plus I'm frankly concerned about his being able to pull away from me.
Any ideas or suggestions is greatly appreciated!!