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post #1 of 6 Old 05-07-2011, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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Horse to Horse Trust Issues

Even though I've had horses for years I'm new to the natural horsemanship methods. But I have a wild mustang and a newly adopted paint. The paint was severely neglected by the people I got him from. They said he was quiet, but really it was because he was half dead when I got him. I suspect he was also kicked around a lot by the other horses. He had several wounds left untreated.

I've had him about 2 months and already he is improving. However he is still very tender in his hips from an injury, so he cannot kick his back legs in defense even though he is finally walking and running around. He is okay with my mustang when there is a fence between them (they even lay side by side) but the other day we had a bad wind storm and it knocked the fence down between their pens. Coltrane, the paint, went thru the fence cutting his legs pretty bad trying to get out of the same space as Young Gun even though YG wasn't bothering him. Needlesstosay Coltrane seems very afraid of close contact with other horses.

Anyone had any ideas how I can work on getting him to relax around them while he continues to heal?
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-07-2011, 08:26 PM
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Perhaps take them for a walk together or something (have two people - one for each horse). I would have a better judgement of what to do if I saw the scene.

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If he doesn't yet have full use of his hind legs he may be afraid of not being able to defend himself should the need arise. If he feels safer by himself while healing then why not let him be alone?
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post #4 of 6 Old 05-08-2011, 12:25 AM Thread Starter
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I don't intend on putting him out with Young Gun until his hip heals. Also I'd like to get him to a point where he is eating enough on his own he won't feel like he has to fight for food.
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post #5 of 6 Old 05-08-2011, 01:03 AM
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I would wait until he heals, then maybe slow turn them out together a little at a time. Supervised at first and make sure they have enough room to get away from each other if needed. I bet eventually they will buddy up.

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post #6 of 6 Old 05-09-2011, 03:58 PM
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it sounds like you are doing everything you can. I would keep them across a fence, so they can sniff each other, but your paint can walk away when he sees fit. This will help him get used to your mustang without feeling too threatened. I would also eventually have them together on two lead lines, one person holding each horse. Also, if they do groundwork together in the same area, that may help. They can get used to being in the same vicinity without feeling threatened. the idea to take them on walks together is great advice!!

When you do put them together, give them plenty of space to work it out. Preferably a place where one cannot pin the other in a corner. Also, do not introduce food until they have it worked out. until then, continue to work on your paints trust issues, it will help him settle down and reduce his stress.

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