Two horses beyond attached!
Here's the dilemma I am facing. I currently am going to college 3 hours away from where I keep my horses. After I moved to college we moved my horse closer to my parents home so my parents would be able to get to my horse quickly and enjoy spending time with my horse. Well I moved my Thoroughbred from a farm that had 30 horses to first a barn that had 4 horses. He never got super attached to another horse and he always rather be with me then with the other horses. When we moved my Thoroughbred again to a 5 acre pasture with barn and riding corral he would of been by himself, so we purchased a mini to keep him company. WORSE IDEA EVER! Since i'm away at college i'm really not home that much and am not able to work with the two horses every day and nor my parents have experience to really work with them. So my parents go down and feed twice a day and spend time loving on them and petting the horses and walking them around on a lead rope but the horses are with each other 24/7.
Now when I go home to see my horse I notice he is not the same. First off he went from a horse who ran up to me to a horse that runs from me now to stay with his mini friend. He freaks out when I ride him now because he is too busy freaking out where his friend is. If he is in his stall by himself and can't see the mini he paces, to the point where he is not eating...and the problem is the mini is the same way. THIS IS A PROBLEM THAT NEEDS TO BE FIX!
We ultimately are thinking about selling the mini or adding another horse into the herd. What are other suggestions to fix this problem?? I'm thinking about trying to stall them at different times but that will be hard because the mini is very hard to catch. Or even taking the mini home to our house to get the two away from each other. Any other suggestions?
Obviously they both are buddy sour. If you catch one, take it out to graze or groom for a short period of time...then take it back in and bring the other one out for awhile. They have to get used to not depending on the other so much, so maybe you can seperate the two for short periods and then put them in together again......I've got five horses and none of them run off when I come out to get them......in fact they are at the gate wanting to be the first to come out LOL because I would bring them out, let them cut my grass and groom them.....you have to make it so enjoyable to be with you. Mix it up on them so they don't know why you are taking them out, one day groom them, one time let them graze, one time work them in a round pen....keep them guessing......
If your stalls are really sturdy, just leave the horse in there.
Let it pace. Leave it's food and water, itl eat eventually.
But best way to fix it = separate far enough that they can't hear eachother.
I would be glad that my horse has company he loves. you are not going to be able to spend much time with him till you are finished college so why don't you leave it as it is until you know you've got the time to spend.
your horse has changed his attitude towards your relationship and you can't expect him just to switch it off and on just because you're off college for today and want it all to be as it was before.
relationships take time and commitment.
"I would be glad that my horse has company he loves. You are not going to be able to spend much time with him till you are finished college so why don't you leave it as it is until you know you've got the time to spend
That will only make the situation worse. The longer you let the buddy sour behavior continue the worse it will get, until it will be nearly impossible to fix.
Separate them yesterday.
I am on the fence on this issue as well my horses are quite attached, but on the other hand when I just had one I hated seeing the horse without a "herd" just because that is what is natural to them. So I opted to up my training so that they would still listen to the rider. Much easier said than done, but it does work infact learned a useful tip if you do try which is don't allow the horse to whinny to the other when you catch it until it gets put back up.
If you want to make it like people more though I would just keep it alone and not add more horses. Sometimes more just gets 3 that are best buds, but a lonely horse is a horse that is looking for a herd and will bond to you much better.
You've only given him one other animal as a companion. What did you think would happen?
There's a reason I have 3 horses. That way, whichever one of the two riding horses I want to use, the other has a buddy to keep him company.
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