Spring Crazies and staying safe in the pasture?
Its Spring and the horse are crazy. Add in 2 new geldings to the mix, who are still trying to make a name for themselves, and it seems like they all take off and run at a moments notice. Anyone have any suggestions on getting my horse out of the pasture safely? While he will usually meet me at the gate, lately they all do, and I am worried that while I am haltering my boy up, someone will get them running, or get mine running. Just because I am standing there, it does not mean someone else will not decide it is a good time to bite at his butt, you know! Or he might THINK they are going to bite his butt.
While I am fine with moving the others out of my space if need be, it is the unexpected thundering of the herd that makes me nervous. Clearly is someone bolts, they all will, and no one will say "oops, this nice lady is standing there... lets walk calmly away.."
Probably no good answer, but is this a problem for anyone else? There are about 8 guys in the pasture right now and one came up while I was taking Sams halter off last evening and tried to take a chunk out of his butt. Luckily I was able to see it coming and get out of the way... but anyone have any 'tricks' they use to stay safe in this situation?? I used to like to stand in the pasture and pat him just because, but dont feel safe even walking out there sometimes. I think this too shall pass. its just frustrating...