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Skittish Gelding around Mares
I've recently acquired a fabulous horse, Joey. He is a 9 year old 1/2 quarter horse and 1/2 arab. He rides beautifully. Totally dead broke. Very well trained. He and I are still getting to know each other, and I know this will take some time.
My problem is on the ground. When I get him out of the pasture, I have a hard time controlling him. He wants to be by a certain mare. I can't seem to get him to focus on me. I walk him, I have him stop. I back him up. I make him stand. I make him walk around in circles. But the whole time, he is very antsy, for lack of a better term. I take him to the indoor arena and lunge him for at least 20+ minutes. He then calms down, but when I go to saddle him up, he gets all antsy again. After fighting to get him saddled up, I take him and lunge him again in the indoor arena. No problems. Listens wonderfully. I mount him, no problem. I ride him in the indoor arena, no problem. When I go to unsaddle him, he is all antsy again. What can I do to calm him down when I'm not on him or in the indoor arena?
He's buddy sour.
Is he new to you, the barn, the whole works?
Yes, he is new to the whole shebang.
Patience and repetition are the key here! Keep doing what you are doing. Perhaps for a while more saddle time and less cross tie time. Let him do what he is comfortable doing!
Thank you so much. I was starting to lose confidence.
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