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Herd Bound horse, long
This is kind of a long story, and I will eventually in a round about way get to the point, so please bare with me on this. As most of you know, the midwest was hit pretty hard by thunderstorms last night. We lucked out and ended up with a lot of rain, thunder, and lightning. The property we are renting has a creek that runs behind the property (outside the fence). With all the rain we got, the creek over flowed......bad enough it took out fence. I got up in the middle of the night to take care of D.J. (baby donkey) and noticed we didn't have a creek anymore, but had a roaring river. I don't know why I didn't think about the fence, that might have to do with the fact that it was 3 am. Anyway, got done with D.J. and went back to bed. Several interruptions to sleep later, it was time to get the oldest kid up and off to school. I did that and went to take care of the horses. Got their food, and whistled like I normally do to call them up. It's not a huge place, but it wraps around the house so I call them up. Anyway, no one showed up. I whistled again, thinking maybe they didn't hear me. Still nothing. It's not like my horses to not come for their food. I started yelling names, and still nothing. I put the buckets on the fence, and went into the pasture. That's when I saw the fence. I yelled at my husband to get out there and help me. After about 3 minutes of running around acting like clowns, I finally caught Queen (without grain, I was so happy about that). Got her back onto our property, and put her into the back yard. In the meantime, husband is out trying to get the other two. Queen decided she didn't want to be in the backyard by herself, and took off running, almost trampling me and the dog in the process. Next thing I know she is coming back at me. She decided she wanted to be a jumper and took off flying over a 5 ft fence. Would have worked perfectly if her halter hadn't snagged on the top barb wire. Next thing I know, 1400 lbs of horse is flipping over through the air. She literally did a sumersualt in mid air. She got to her feet and took off for the other horses. What she forgot about was the fact that she was still inside the perimeter fence. I kept her cornered there as much as I could so she wouldn't go back down to where the fence was gone. By the way, the husband finally got the other two, and the fenced has been repaired until we can get the owner to check it out and get a professional out to fix it. Once we got her settled down, I checked her over. She has some cuts and abrasions from the barb wire, but nothing major. So, if you made it through all that, and are still with me, I appreciate it. Now for my main question. How do I train/teach Queen to not be so herd bound? It literally scared the crap out of me watching her flip over the fence the way she did. One of the biggest issues is that at this moment I cannot ride. I am about 2.5 months pregnant, and was not riding before I got this way. My husband has no problem riding her for me. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Perhaps you'll get some ideas from others, but in the situation that you describe, I don't think this is strictly a herdbound problem. Sounds like with everything going on (including you being understandably excited) your horses had a mixture of both excitement and fear. I'm not sure you could have done much to prevent it.
Glad everyone is OK, though.
I agree with the above comment. If she let you catch her and lead her away without balking and calling to the others, it probably wasn't a herdbound thing. She's probably still freaked out about last night and just didn't want to be left alone. She feels safer with the others.
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