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post #1 of 4 Old 10-24-2013, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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Horse doesn't want to go back to his turnout

Hi everyone! So Sam doesn't like being put back in his turnout after I ride, and I'm wondering if I should be concerned. I usually let him graze a little and then put him back, but he plants himself about 50 feet from his gate and I have to either tug with all my might or pop him with the lead rope, and then he usually does it again anyway.

The obvious answer would be he doesn't want to stop grazing, but he doesn't resist at all when I take him out. I usually let him grab a bite then walk to the barn (through grass) and he usually doesn't try to grab for it after that and never stops like on the way back.

He can be a little pushy with me, but we've been working on it a lot and he's getting much better, so this doesn't feel like a "whatever, Mom" thing. Today he wasn't fidgety at all while I was in tacking him, and he led just fine. I led him to a new area because I don't want to create a snack spot where he always thinks he gets to eat, and there was no resistance walking in a different direction. Just when we went toward his field.

Am I overthinking it, or do you think he might not like his turnout for some reason? It's pretty spacious (big enough that he gallops around in it sometimes) and there's grass and trees, so it's not like he only grazes outside of it. He's alone, but there are horses in the other turnouts surrounding him. Might he be lonely? Scared of something? Bored? Or just stubborn?

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post #2 of 4 Old 10-24-2013, 04:38 PM
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Maybe he is lonely. I had a mare who I kept alone but with horses on three sides and she was never quite happy there. For some horses having others over the fence isn't enough. I usually give my horse a carrot when I catch them, and then one when I take off the halter in the paddock. It gives incentive for them to come, and I guess incentive to go back in the paddock and stand quietly while I unhalter them, and not run off. It works well for me, maybe you could work out a routine like that.
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post #3 of 4 Old 10-24-2013, 04:53 PM
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Throw some hay in there before you go to turn him back out. That works everytime for my horse

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Thanks. I'll start giving him treats as an incentive to go, but I'm also going to talk to my barn manager about turning him out with another horse. I don't want my baby boy to be lonely :(
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