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post #1 of 5 Old 10-21-2011, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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Very very herd bound

I recently bought a nice mare. She is a finished western pleasure mare. Rode her two or three times before buying her all was good. I Have rode her three times here at home no problem. She has been in the barn in a stall for about five days during the time I've been riding her no other horses even close to her. Yesterday my husband put our gelding out side in a run alongside her stall she can see him but can't touch him. So this morning i go get her for her workout and i found out really fast she is herd bound. After fighting with her for about five mins if that she gave up and did right... So when i finished i walked her back to her stall and she started acting up as soon as she saw him. I also noticed she was acting agrevated last night and this morning. So i called the people i got her from and he said oh yea i forgot to mention she's a little herd bound. After five mins of trying to keep my rear on her back and not hit the ground, yea she's a little herd bound. The problem is during that five mins i thought i was gonna hit the ground, i have no idea how to work this out other than ride it out. Any one have any suggestions on how to work her through this. Thanks for any comments. .

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post #2 of 5 Old 10-21-2011, 09:15 PM
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Even if you feel dismounting the the safest action, make her go along with you even if you have to tap her with a crop to make her pay mind. Only when she relaxes is she allowed to return to the barn. And when I got to the barn, I'd take her right back out. Oh there will be a big fuss but again, no return until she's listening to you. Your groundwork is cut out for the time being until she's. If you can lunge her in front of the barn, then do so, making her do lots of turn backs (tiring, and you're bossing her around), then walk her away and let her relax. As many say, make the good thing easy the the wrong thing hard.
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-21-2011, 10:41 PM
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When she starts to blow, or preferably at the instant the shows the slightest inclination of acting up, get her mind back on you. Ask her to bend, flex, move laterally, break at the poll, circle, stop, back, turn, trot, sidepass. Bend her in half so she can't bolt or rear. Waggle your legs so she pays attention. Make her trot circles and work hard.
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-22-2011, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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Great ideas. Thanks so much, we will be riding today on trail and arena work at a friends place, wish me luck....
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-22-2011, 07:44 PM
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The member Cherie has posted many many times about how tying a horse works to "cure" herdboundness. You can search her posts and you'll likely find one of them.
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