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Breezy2011 12-04-2012 05:48 PM

Seperating A Horse
 
I seperated my filly from the other horses because of behavioural problems that are in the process of being fixed. (she is starting to listen) I did not think she was heard bound, because I can take her away for a while without her freaking out.

When I seperated her today, I put her in her old pen. She can still see the other horses and hear them, as she is only 2 pens away from them. The other horses are calling for her and she is replying to them... She is running around the pen.

Although, when I come out to her pen, she comes to me and ignores the other horses, but when I leave the pen, she will start again. I know she will calm down eventually, but until then, how can I help her calm down?

Kayty 12-04-2012 06:29 PM

Horses are herd animals, and particularly as a two year old, it's very important that she be allowed to socialise.
Personally, I wouldn't be keeping her in solitary confinement. Try and get a goat or other animal to put in with her, if you absolutely can't have another horse with her.

Breezy2011 12-04-2012 09:16 PM

I am keeping her alone only for a short time, She is surrounded by cows though, and can still see the other horses. She will get to see the other horses and be with them for a few hours everyday. She will not be alone for more then 1-1.5 weeks, as the other horses were teaching her behaviours they have, that I do not want her to keep. I am working with her.

Thunderspark 12-05-2012 12:56 AM

She will work it out and settle down on her own, yes they are herd animals but it doesn't hurt them to learn to be by themselves either......hope your training is going well!

SlideStop 12-05-2012 01:50 AM

What kind of behaviors?
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Breezy2011 12-05-2012 03:24 PM

She was having a problem with rearing, biting and threatening to kick, but she never did. I decided to put her back with the other horses, and work with her alone. She is getting better and listening more and has not done any of that for a few days... Although this morning when I moved her back in with the other horses, she started to kick one of them, then ran off to see the other horse.

Kelsyann 12-05-2012 03:42 PM

Was she showing any of these behaviors towards you or just when she was in the field with other horses? Horses are like any other animal and need to establish a hierarchy, and they play rough. If she only showed these behaviors with the other horses, I wouldn't worry about it, she's just being a horse!

Tianimalz 12-05-2012 03:42 PM

Put her in with a mean ol lead mare to teach her some manners >8D

SlideStop 12-05-2012 04:22 PM

She is rearing, biting and kicking at you so your separating her for that?? I'm not really sure what point of separating her is. Unless a horse is not focused on you when separated from their herd I don't see a reason to separate them, as in turning.them out separate from the herd for the sake of it. If she is on paddock time she is gonna be a horse, kicking her friends running, calling, etc. Especially young horses! If she is freaking that bad you will probably make a more herd bound horse later on in life.
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Thunderspark 12-05-2012 04:45 PM

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Originally Posted by SlideStop (Post 1786040)
She is rearing, biting and kicking at you so your separating her for that?? I'm not really sure what point of separating her is. Unless a horse is not focused on you when separated from their herd I don't see a reason to separate them, as in turning.them out separate from the herd for the sake of it. If she is on paddock time she is gonna be a horse, kicking her friends running, calling, etc. Especially young horses! If she is freaking that bad you will probably make a more herd bound horse later on in life.
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I seperate mine in the spring for short periods of time, since they have most of the winter off to be with the herd they get pretty herd bound. So I will seperate them like i said for short periods of time and work with them to get them focusing on me and not what the others are up to.....honestly I don't think it hurts them to be by theirselves sometimes. My now 3 /12yr. old gelding was brought out in the yard with me since the day he was born by himself, I think it did him a world of good not having or wanting to be with the others all the time......just my opinion....


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