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post #1 of 5 Old 10-24-2013, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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Leaving behind an extremely herd-bound horse (for a day)...

My sister and I are taking our horses to a one day trek on the 30th of November. We also look after a 12 year-old TB gelding who has become very attached to both of our horses and he simply goes crazy if they disappear from his view. So what could we do when we go go the trek?

-we can't take him with us, the horse float is only for two horses.

There are three possibilities right now:

1. Put him with the horses belonging to the people about 20 minute's walk away from us. He knows those horses, but their owners are a bit hard to contact.

2. Ask his actual owner (she currently has no space for him) if she would like to do the trek with us. There's still the transport problem, though. (2-horse trailer)

3. Just leave him behind with our three goats, although he doesn't really care much about them.

So...what do you think? Any other solutions? Should we start getting him used to being alone for longer periods of time?

Thanks in advance! :)

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post #2 of 5 Old 10-24-2013, 06:19 PM
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I would start getting him used to being away from the horses now.
You could try placing the goats into his pen so he buddies up with the goats.
Perhaps you can find someone else who is going on the ride, and see if they have an extra spot in a trailer for half the fuel cost ? and ask the other girl/guy if they would like to go and share fuel cost ??

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post #3 of 5 Old 10-24-2013, 06:30 PM
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Agree with stevenson about getting the horse accustomed to being alone now. I had to do this with my gelding and mare (now deceased). Of course didn't help it was mother and son, but still , buddyed up is buddyed up!

I would put the gelding in the paddock to prevent him from galloping wildly throughout the pasture, and put hay down for him to munch on. I guess my thought process was, "oh, look , you may be alone, but you don't have to share this yummy hay!'. Then I was just go off on a trail ride. Of course at first he carried on, but after the first 5 to 10 mins he'd settle down, until he heard his mom coming back to the yard.

Started doing about 30 mins, then quickly built up to 1 hour and then easily to 3 hours. The real test was when I did an overnight with my mare and left him behind. Husband told me he called a bit and then settled down. Would call again here and there but nothing nutty. I of course was calling at least 3 x's a day, because I was sure he would work himself up and colic! Silly me!

Now I'm doing the same routine with the new mare. She is very anxious about Walka being taken away from her, but she has survived for 12 yrs without him, she will live.
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Let him stew in his own juices, he'll get over it. The goats can watch him be an idiot and laugh.
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-24-2013, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the helpful replies, all of you!
I'll practise with him today and gradually build up the amount of time each time.
Fingers crossed!
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