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    08-28-2013, 05:37 PM
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Weanling
Yet another problem, barn sour mare?

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.
     
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    08-28-2013, 05:52 PM
  #2
Showing
It's normal for a horse to become "buddy sour" when he is taken out of his normal herd and put into a new one. Just keep working with your horse and correcting him/her when they do something you don't like.
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    08-28-2013, 05:58 PM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by joseeandjade11    
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
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    08-28-2013, 06:02 PM
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Weanling
Keep your standards high. Get your horses attention when she is calling her friends make her move. When her new friends call her do the say thing, make her pay attention to you. Your mare is acting normal, this is a great training opportunity for they both of you. If you can work her though this she will be a better horse. Show her you are more important then her new friends. Good luck,
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    08-28-2013, 06:14 PM
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Weanling
Thanks guys!! This is pretty much sort of what I was doing, whenever she turned her head to the horses, I immediately pulled on the lead to bring her head back to me then I would either put my hand on top of her head to lower it down or pull on the lead down to make her lower her head and immediately release pressure once she lowered her head to kinda make her calm down. When she gave me 3 seconds with he head low and attention to me, I kept on walking. I also make her back up A LOT and move her hindquarters.

And when she stepped on my foot I made her back up for a little while and no messing around because she never did this and it made me say like ok that's enough with the crazyness lol

I don't have a lot of knowledge when it comes to horse training but I do what it think is right and learn from my mistakes because I usually have to work twice as hard to correct things I didn't do properly if you know what I mean. My mare is pretty wise and not afraid to put me to the test gurrrr
     
    08-28-2013, 06:16 PM
  #6
Showing
Well I'm glad that you're aware of what needs correcting and thinking up of good ways to handle it.

:) You're on the right track.
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    08-28-2013, 08:50 PM
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Weanling
Sounds like you've got it! Great job keep it up she will get better.
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