Originally Posted by joseeandjade11 View Post
Not exactly sure if this is the right place to post this thread but here's my problem.
Quickly describing my mare (very calm, not barn sour and a good safe horse to be around..but is quite dominant and strong character (stubborn))
I moved her last saturday to a new barn (first time moving her). She went from a herd of over 30 horses to only 2 horses (3 including her). Whenever I take her outside to walk her and get her used to the place, she keeps calling the other horses, they keep calling her, she walks too fast (which she never really did). She's not focusing at all and being a lil brat, she kinda stresses me a bit and today she stepped on my foot '__'.
Anyways, I am just wondering if this is just temporary untill she adapts to the new place or will she always be like this? It kinda scares me, I don't recognize my sweet calm horse at all :(
If you have any advice at all to tell me, please shoot them, anything I can try to calm her down a bit, I will do.
It will be temporary if you step up to try fixing it. Otherwise it could just escalate.
I had a trainer out for my mare. She was herdbound something fierce, and nothing that USUALLY worked for her was doing it. I would be out here for HOURS trying to get her calmed down and just stand. I couldn't tie her because I was afraid she'd hurt herself.
My trainer ended up taking her from me actually IN the pasture and laying a respect smackdown on her. She didn't even move with her until Clem was quiet, with her head down. Then she'd take a few steps, and the instant she even looked back to the horses, picked her head up too high, went in front of her in the lead she'd have to stop and back up aggressively and immediately. Where I was trying to get her inside and then work on the problem, she was nipping it before it could even start. The one time Clem tried to turn and leave, she drove her back and forth on the lead with a crop to drive some sense into her.
By the time we got to the pasture gate (took a while) she was more obedient than she'd been in weeks. Months even. It's purely a respect issue, so you've got to make sure she knows you aren't going to take any flak from her.
Though, this was an extreme case, where she was herdbound to the point of almost being dangerous. So. Maybe it won't need to be so extreme. :p