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post #1 of 7 Old 11-10-2013, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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Horse going crazy

We have 3 horses, my daughter has 2, I have one. They only have 2 saddles so far. My 13 year old granddaughter has a friend over, riding, and they just left, and my daughters barrel horse Vegas, got left behind, and she's going totally wild, she's running the fence, screaming, trying all different angles, looking for ways to jump it, I heard her over the phone, boy, is she mad.

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I do have my own saddle, brand new, still in the box, wasn't planning to use it til I was able to ride again myself, which in reality will most likely be never, I have spinal injuries. Sucker that I am, I just called my daughter back, told her to open my saddle and use it. No reason to ruin her fun.
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-10-2013, 05:33 PM
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Sounds like the horse is pretty severely herdbound.
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post #3 of 7 Old 11-10-2013, 05:37 PM
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Definitely sounds like she's herdbound. But hey, if one horse was left behind I'd expect this. I'd work on slowly separating them and increasing the distance/time away until they are used to it. You don't want any of them to be uncomfortable being alone and end up injuring themselves going crazy.
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post #4 of 7 Old 11-10-2013, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, that's why I gave in and told my daughter to go ahead and open up my new saddle, so Vegas could go with them. When they bought her, she acted this way to the horses she was leaving.
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post #5 of 7 Old 11-10-2013, 06:13 PM
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Taking the horse with them each time it freaks out doesn't help the situation. She has to work with separating them for short times, growing longer and longer.
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post #6 of 7 Old 11-11-2013, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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Well yes, we know she is herd bound, but I think this was a case of jealousy, she is a very jealous horse, she was neglected and had no love or attention before my daughter got her, and she's really came into her own in my daughters care. She loves to be ridden, and even in the pasture, gets upset if the other horses are being ridden and she's not, and she easily goes out of the pasture all by herself with no other horses.
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post #7 of 7 Old 11-11-2013, 04:26 PM
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There is a difference, though, between a horse wandering away from a herd and being okay with that versus the other horses being taken away from her. Horses don't really think in ways we do; I highly doubt she's jealous of the others being ridden and her not being worked. It's simply the fact that she's left alone.
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