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post #1 of 4 Old 04-06-2013, 07:35 AM Thread Starter
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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...
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-06-2013, 07:55 AM
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speak softly and carry a large stick, erm lunge whip. You can use it to keep the others backed off until you get done with your horse. We used to keep ours in a 16 acre pasture with 18 other horses so the easiest way to get them to come in was to feed them. The others soon discovered that and we had to use a lunge whip to get them to back off and not mob us
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post #3 of 4 Old 04-06-2013, 10:05 AM Thread Starter
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We used to have them in a pasture with a total of 3 horses... I could bring treats out there and they would stand respectfully and eat nicely... could sit in the middle of the pasture and just enjoy them... obviously with this crowd, that wont work... kind of miss that! I will try carrying a big whip and see if they stay clear. I am hoping once the pecking order settles down, ( and one may be moving out..) and they no longer have spring fever, (and once its HOT and they decide running is not such a great idea..) it will be better. I just really dont want to get run over by a panicked horse...
By the way, Dim Sum.. where are you located in Michigan? Im in the Grand Haven area...

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We're in Livingston County, about halfway between Detroit and Lansing :)
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