Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
Okay, so today I went to get Aires out of the turnout and we had a bit of a problem.
Aires walked up to me, like he always does, and stood for me to halter him. He was being wonderful...until two of the other geldings came up. One is a QH gelding about Aires' size named Willie and the other is a short little 2yo QH gelding named Bo. As soon as Willie approached Aires, Aires started to get REALLY nervous, even to the point of trying to run me over to get away from Willie. Usually Aires is EXTREMELY respectful of my space and wouldn't even THINK about getting that close to me. The thing is, when they're just out wandering around in the turnout they get along. There was the initial "who's the boss" "fighting," but they settled that. They aren't "friends," by any stretch of the imagination, but they don't bully each other and basically ignore one another. Anyway, I kept flipping the lead rope at Willie and trying to "scare" him off, but it didn't work. He would just keep coming back after he'd trot away a couple of steps. He wasn't coming after me, I don't think, but Aires definitely was not happy that he was that close.
Bo was just being annoying and wanted me to take him in from the turnout (he gets fed grain at lunch, which is when they bring everyone in from the turnouts). I flipped the lead rope at him, too, and tried to scare him away and he just stood there looking at me (Bo isn't the brightest crayon in the box to begin with).
So, how can I get Aires out of the turnout without fighting all 15.2hh, 1200lbs of him trying to get away from Willie (no one else bothers him) AND keep Willie and Bo away from us? Obviously the lead rope wasn't working at all, and neither was puffing myself up and scaring them away.
I have never had to deal with such obnoxious horses in turnout before. Where I had my old gelding, I dealt with the horses turned out together all the time and so they respected me (lunged all five of them four days a week). If they got pushy, I just had to flip the lead rope at them, stomp toward them, clap and say "Get out of here!" and they'd move away to a respectful distance.
I have a riding crop I can take with me to the turnout, but the only whip that is readily available is a decrepit old lunge whip that has seen WAY better days. I am not afraid of these horses by any means, but I really don't want to get trampled or pushed around, either.
Do not tell me I can't...because I will show
you that I can.