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post #11 of 15 Old 10-10-2014, 12:18 PM
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My mare used to be extremely herd bound and did similar things to what your talking about. To stop her from being herd bound I don't think separating them will help. I think it might cause a lot of unnecessary stress. What I did to stop my mare from being so herd bound was a lot of bonding. I spent a long time gaining her trust and making her feel as if I was another 'horse' in her herd. So then when we left the other horses she didn't feel as if she was leaving her herd. Just moving somewhere else with me for a bit. But it definitely took a lot of time and bonding before we could ride away without any issues.

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post #12 of 15 Old 10-10-2014, 11:02 PM
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With my mare when she was heard bound I would ride her off. When she would start acting up I would put her mind to work by working her in small circle and making her collect. When she would calm down and start to think about things I would make her stand there for a minute. Then we would walk back to the other horses. We would do this time and time again. Eventually she started to look to me as her leader. Now I can ride her all day just the two of us and she will never act up. If she does act up again I put her mind back to work in small circle.
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post #13 of 15 Old 10-11-2014, 12:48 PM
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My two do this. The one going doesn't seem to mind as much as the one left behind. The other day I was advised that I should separate them where they couldn't see each other for 30 days, with no contact at all, and that would fix the problem. I chalked that up to very bad advice & dismissed it for several reasons, the biggest one being that my horse gets so upset when left behind; he runs the fence, trips, falls, slides, etc. and screams till the other returns. He shoots diarrhea down his leg. So I see no reason to stress him out like that, or possibly have him injure himself. Mine simply loves to be around other horses. My husband and I were riding and his horse was acting up as usual...see my other threads...when we happened upon a neighbor riding alone who invited us to go along. My guy was like "Sure! Heck with you, stable mate!" and off we went for the most pleasant ride I have had yet, without the stable mate. When we returned, I came home a different way from the other rider, and he was fine going up to the barn. Meanwhile, my other horse was yelling in the paddock.
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post #14 of 15 Old 10-12-2014, 06:09 AM Thread Starter
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Sometimes Dad's horse seems to be sweating more than mine n he's not even being ridden at the time!!! :) She doesn't play up till we enter the other paddock. They r very strange sometimes, horses. They just about throw themselves through barbed wire to get to each other then totally forget about their mate when someone else comes along!! :P

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post #15 of 15 Old 10-12-2014, 09:30 AM
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I turn back the moment I sense a change in a horse. When I sold a horse his old pasture mate had a new horse to keep him company. The old boy started hollering almost right away which upset the sold horse. I explained the method to the family and they spent over an hour gradually getting farther and farther away. The trailer was parked way out of sight. When the old boy settled down that's when he was walked to the trailer. No fuss, no hollering.

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