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post #1 of 4 Old 06-01-2009, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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Herd Sour?

I have a 2 year old Clydsdale/Thoroughbred filly that seems completely LOST without her herd. When taken out with another horse she focusses on me fine and behaves, but alone is another story! She completely ignores where I am and I often have to tap her shoulder to remind her I'm there while she spins to scream at them! How do I work with this?

I've tried taking her out alone more and it's sorta working, but I can only keep her attention for 10 seconds at a time. I've tried giving her a job to do, like while lunging walk circles do alot of whoa/walk, and walk/trot transitions to keep her mind occupied...but it always reverts back to where the others are.

I love that she has horse buddies to play and bond with, and I know she's only 2 years old...but when I'm taking her out every second day for half an hour, I'd like to keep her attention...and my toes! I've done alot of ground and lead work, she knows how to behave...she just hates being seperated from the herd! We don't have alot of paddocks and I want her to be out in the big 8 acre pasture with the rest to run around, figure out for herself where her feet are, and grow into a well muscled horse...but how do I also get what I want? Any ideas? Thanks!

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post #2 of 4 Old 06-02-2009, 01:28 PM
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Ground work, ground work, lots of ground work. Make her look to you as her leader at every moment you are with her. There are lots of good programs out there to help you develop this kind of relationship with your horse. It will take time but the efforts will be well rewarded.
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post #3 of 4 Old 06-02-2009, 03:52 PM
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Originally Posted by QtrHorse View Post
Ground work, ground work, lots of ground work. Make her look to you as her leader at every moment you are with her.

Exactly. The only way she'll get over this is if she looks at you as her leader. Not someone leading her away from her leader. She's young, and it's normal. I work with a 4 y/o 17h Hanoverian filly who is best friends with my mare, and is very hard to separate them sometimes. It may take a bit more work right now, but you'll appreciate it in the long run.
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post #4 of 4 Old 06-02-2009, 07:20 PM
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It is normal. She is only two. I agree with the others about ground work. Make sure to teach her "my space, your space". It will pay off GREATLY down the road. I agree with letting her be turned out with her buddies. Babies need that, as do most horses, but especially babies. Just keep at it, she will learn and start to respect you. The most important thing with babie is to be consistent with what you do and what you ask. The repetition helps them learn. Good luck!
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