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post #1 of 2 Old 09-15-2014, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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Separating buddy sour horses

This falls into the category "It's always something!" While some issues have been resolved, my husband is still working with his horse listening to him, and so we've had the seller come by to assess the situation.
He wants husband's horse to be taken out alone for groundwork and to be led down the road, etc. in order for him to learn to respect my husband, and to do what he is told. My horse goes absolutely berserk when the other goes out the gate. He runs from one end of the paddock to the other in a frenzied state, kicks the gate, and screams and hollers the entire time he is alone. I try my best to ignore it, but I worry that he is going to hurt himself, and he stresses himself out so much he shoots diarrhea down his legs...yes, really...We've done this 5 or 6 times over the past 3 days (short periods of time-20 minutes, maybe) and I was hoping he would start getting used to it, but not so far. I know a lot of horses do this, but wondering if they ever stop!!
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The kicking, running and bucking I would not be so worried about but the diarrhea exhibits he really is stressed about the other horse being away.

Maybe you could try doing ground work together at the same time, keeping within eye sight of the other horse and gradually making the space between them larger until eventually you can put a building between them or some other structure so they cannot see each other. Then slowly build up to one leaves for a short walk up the road 5 minutes or less, and then returns and then take the other one. Meanwhile keep there feet moving and their mind on you.

Another tool is work them hard when they are near each other lots of energy and direction changes then let him rest away from your husbands horse .

Once he gets comfortable with the other horse being away while he is with you then gradually, let him learn to be ok by himself. Maybe just take the other horse away for 10 seconds then return, find a starting point and build on it, timing is everything you want to return with the other horse before he goes bonkers otherwise your rewarding his bad behavior.

Perhaps if you tossed a yummy treat into a bucket every time the other horse leaves he will be distracted and learn to associate the other horse leaving with a yummy treat, experiment with longer intervals and giving the reward before he goes bonkers.

Normally I would say ignore it and let him figure it out but it seems he is truly stressed by the whole thing and I would worry about him developing ulcers. Break the separation process down into manageable small parts so he has time to adjust and feel comfortable by himself.
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