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post #1 of 5 Old 08-20-2015, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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New horse owner needs help

Hi all i have a dilemma we have just bought a new horse ans a pony 2 weeks ago a Tb and a pony this is about my TB he has grown attached to the pony he wont leave him alone and when we took our grandson out on the pony t the weekend my TB went absolutely mental galloping around the field constant neighing until we returned.
also My TB wont go out on his own now and when we go for a hack with the pony he started in front now he wont lead he has to follow the pony i have tried circling him but no joy kicking him on wont work. he is nervous all the time too.
I've ridden for 25yrs but this is our first owned horses.
So as much advice would be grateful.
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-20-2015, 10:14 PM
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Do you have a stall or someplace you could confine your TB so he doesn't hurt himself while you are gone?
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post #3 of 5 Old 08-20-2015, 11:45 PM
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I am not a professional trainer, but here is my personal opinion and how I delt with my horse who was buddy sour.

First you have to understand that your horse is high strung and will freak out until he gets his way. He is TB after all, and mine is a mustang TB mix so I get your struggle :p

I realized after rescuing Ki that there was no fighting with her or reasoning with her. She will do anything thing to get her way even if it means hurting herself. So all I can do is let her do it and let her realize she is wrong.

She is very buddy sour. So the way I dealt with it is I let her run over to her friends, and the moment I got there I would make her keep moving. She automatically runs herself in circles because she is listening to me telling her to move, but I am letting her go where she wants instead of fighting her. After ten minutes of loping or trotting in circles she isn't having fun anymore and she wants to stop going in circles, so then she runs away from her friends. In response I stop commanding her to move.

I make the right thing easy and the wrong thing hard to the best of my ability.

I don't yank on her mouth, I don't kick her, I don't reprimand her. I just let her go where she wants and never let her stop moving. She realizes that her friends means work, and no friends means relaxation.

I let her think she is getting her way but she is not. After a week of taking this approach I was finally able to take her out on the trail.

So I would tie up your pony in a safe place near where ever you work your TB, and work his butt hard near the pony. If you have an arena or a fenced in field, tie the pony right outside of the fence so he is safe, and then work your TB on the the other side. Start in tight circles, make him tired. Let him decide when he wants to stop. He will tell you.

This will work, but it may take a while, especially with fit, high strung horses. But just have patience. It doesn't need to be a struggle.

And make sure you set him up for success. Don't take him out on the trail if you know he will act out.

As for how he acts when the pony is the one working...I would make sure he has his favorite treat before you go...like an uncle jimmys licky thing, or a bucket of beat pulp or some alphalfa or something. Or make sure he is in an open space like an arena or a field. Or, EVEN BETTER have someone work him in the round pen or on a lunge line while you ride off. Give him something to think about. Show him that pony is not his job, you are.

Those things may be a pain in the butt, but if you want to be a successful TB owner you're going to have to give him a lot of attention and time. Set him up for success, make him focus on you.

We need to l lunge their clingy butts into shape :p

Good luck!
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-21-2015, 05:37 AM
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Welcome to the world of horses and Horse Forum too!

Keep two horses and they will 'marry' up if given a chance.

So, something I learned many years ago from American friends is to get a strong halter, clip and rope, take the TB out of the field and tie him to a tree so he is tied higher than his withers.

Leave him there, keep and eye on him but essentially let him stew in his own juices. He will fret, paw the ground, move around, call out and get frantic throwing a tantrum. Just let him get on with it and only when he is stood quietly resting a leg, take him back to the field. This might take more than one session but it really does work.
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-21-2015, 02:15 PM
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I am new to owning horses as well. I have a 3 yr old quarter horse and an eight yr old. It wasn't until yesterday that I noticed the horses acting different. When I would take the 3yr old out of the pasture and lead him around my 8yr old would just seem impatient left behind. Yesterday for the first time he ran around the pasture and would then stop and watch what we were doing and then go again. The 3yr old doesn't seem to mind being away from my other horse. Should I bring out my gelding and tie him out while I'm working with my little horse?.Both behaviors have completely changed since I have gotten them. The 3yr old is getting better but it just seems like my 8yr old is testing me, even at feeding time.
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