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lovemygaitedbabies 07-12-2011 11:22 AM

My nervous 3 year old
I have a black 3 year old thoroughbred filly that I'm just starting to work with. She's always been friendly; the first one to meet you in the pasture, easy to catch, loves to be messed with, everything. However, her buddies are my two walker mares and her "boyfriend" is a mustang gelding. Every time I take her out of the pasture to work with her, she gets the wild eye and is always so nervous. She's constantly calling to them, even after I lunge her to get her energy out. All of the articles I've read say to take her away from any distractions, but it's a small farm. No matter where you are, the horses are always in sight. I'm excited to be training her finally, but I don't know what to do about her nervous nellie issue :neutral:

lovemygaitedbabies 07-12-2011 07:54 PM


churumbeque 07-12-2011 08:10 PM

I would seperate her if possible, she is getting herd bound

Cinnys Whinny 07-12-2011 08:17 PM

It sounds to me like you may want to consider temporarily boarding her elsewhere so that she can get used to not being with her pals, as well as to give you a place to work with her without the distractions. Unfortunately, this is the only thing I can come up with that will help....she just really needs to get away so she can stop becoming herd bound.

mysticalhorse 07-12-2011 09:57 PM

I would tie her away from them after working her so she learns nothing terrible is going to happen while away from them.

You can start with 10 min and build from there.... just another idea:)
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lovemygaitedbabies 07-13-2011 06:45 PM

Thanks guys :)

momo3boys 07-13-2011 07:32 PM

There are a few threads on herd bound issues that have some great advice. I'm in the same boat, no where to go and my horse is 3 too. I think he really doesn't have the confidence to be alone. Can you walk her in hand and out of sight at all? That helps mine...

chandra1313 07-15-2011 12:16 AM

Hi we had that type of problem as well so we seperated them from each other a little time here a little time there. We put one in the round pen and fed him in the round pen. I don't think you have to have a huge space to do that. The horse that wasn't herd bound we took out and put on a pic line on the other side of our house, the herd bound gelding carried on but soon went on to do what he does best eating ;-) I'd say that this behaviour went on for about a month off and on until it dissapeared all together.

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