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post #1 of 7 Old 02-09-2010, 02:23 AM Thread Starter
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Question Have a BIG problem!!!!

Ok so both my mares hate each other in the pin and can't stand being away from eachother when I take them out......They go crazy when I take them out, I go down the road and they start bucking and kicking and want to go back home and I dont know what to do I have tryed seperating them and my draft mare is really big and I take her out almost everyday and its just been the last passed 2 months this has been happening and I almost could not handle her and that is not good either so can anyone give me some advice????
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-09-2010, 11:54 AM
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Can you separate them for a period of time. Like on in one pasture and the other in another.
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post #3 of 7 Old 02-09-2010, 02:37 PM
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Are your horses kept at a boarding facility? If so, is there any other horse you can put with them or seperate one of them and introduce another horse so that way, when you take one of your mares out, the other has a companion and wont go crazy???
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post #4 of 7 Old 02-09-2010, 02:42 PM
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Get them away from each other.
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post #5 of 7 Old 02-09-2010, 04:19 PM
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Mine would do the same thing a couple years ago..drove me nuts but it was my gelding and mare that had the problem , separation anxiety is a witch. My solution was as soon as (my mare was the main problem) my mare started acting out and doing crazy things and persistance wasnt paying off, I tied her out for a couple hours out under a tree out of sight from my gelding. Its my version of "time out", and she knew it was because I was not happy. And I also knew by tying her out to stand was safer for both myself and her when she was in a snit. Then I would procede to ignore her for that time and go about my cleaning etc. And mine are VERY feed motivated so she really got the hint when she didnt get her "good job/effort" treat. Funny thing was my gelding never got that anxiety like she did. Shes now 5, and whether she outgrew it or my "time outs" worked..who knows..but she doesnt have those issues anymore when its time to ride. Weird..I guess they could be going thru phases too. I do the same thing when they get that "barn Separation" thing going...they dont give me any effort, they get tied to the round pen while I go about my business of ignoring them. I have to do it less and less as time passes. My walker absolutely hates it...he's rather I work him out in the round pen because at least he wouldnt have to stand in place a hour or two, bored. Anyway thats what worked for me...horses are smarter than you think..and they got my actions quickly. May or may not work for yours...but I do know that separation anxiety can make a horse unpredictable if you cant figure out how to snap them out of it. The thing is even though they dont like to be together they are attached.
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post #6 of 7 Old 02-16-2010, 01:21 PM
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I actually board my mare and gelding but I am at a very private barn and can do whatever I want whenever I want. I am continuously moving my horses from different round pens, stalls, arenas, pastures whatever so that they can get used to being alone or with other horses. My gelding could care less if there is another horse around. My mare is just 2 1/2 and I have only had her sense February 3rd so she is still has a little bit of anxiety but not bad. She will still nicker back and forth and run the fence line a bit when the other horses get to playing in the pasture and she cant play. Sense I have had her she has not been turned out with any other horses. She gets to smell my gelding threw a fence but that it is. I think the time outs are good for them. Teaches them patience and what they are doing is wrong. Being tied is boring and there is nothing to do but stand.

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post #7 of 7 Old 02-17-2010, 03:28 AM
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Only thing you can really do is separate them. They're being very typical mares and this isn't something you can really train out of them. Of course you can control the degree of their misbehaviour, but they will always been snarky when being removed from each others sight.
Get them separated, preferably out of sight and sound of each other. They will adapt fairly quickly and settle.
When you take one of them out for a ride, definitely do not take the mare back to the comfort of the stable/yard/paddock as they is rewarding the behaviour. Keep her working, changing what you do, change direction, speed etc. constantly to keep her concentrating on you, she HAS to focus on you unless she wants to fall over her own feet. Don't get off until she settles and follows your lead.
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