Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
How is your relationship with the other horses in pasture? My guy is low in the pecking order too, but every other horse has learned that when I come into the pasture, I have NOTHING for them but the end of a lunge whip if they get in my space or my horse's space. My gelding has learned that when I am out there, he is 'protected' by me from the other horses, and I *always* have a cookie for him. He is very food motivated, so that helps, though I may have to up it to a bucket of grain with me when there's grass around and he's not so hungry for a little cookie. With something like 13 other horses turned out with my guy, there's always someone who wants to try to say hi, get a cookie, or run my guy off each week, but the attempts are pretty half-hearted nowadays as they know I won't allow it and am not afraid to enforce with my lungewhip (or rope, or hat, or keys, or rock from the ground) when they cross me. I have also taught my guy to 'come'mere' in a round pen, and then in the arena with cookies. Walk him off, ask him to 'stand' walk away, and they ask for 'come'mere' and reward when they do. I do it without cookies, using 'resting time' as the reward in the round pen, but find I have to give my guy a little more 'motivation' to want to hang out with me when there are other horses and food and wide open spaces elsewhere.
Tl;dr: two items 1) make sure the other horses know that they are to leave you and your horse alone 100% of the time when you go out and 2) make sure your horse gets something they want 100% of the time when you show up.
Last edited by Sharpie; 04-29-2013 at 11:15 AM.