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my daughter has two horses she rescued. the problem is if one is taken out of site of the other one or a short distance from each other they pace in circle buck jump. any help would be realy appreciated.

julie m.
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If you take one horse out to work, I would suggest bringing the other horse along and tying it up/penning it up a safe distance away but still in sight. Move that horse back a bit each day and a little farther and farther out of sight, until you can work one horse without the other in line of sight. They both should get the idea eventually that the other horse will return after being worked and that the separation is not a permanent one. Good luck!

Vio Berlin
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The issue of two horses sticking together like yours do is a whole chapter in Monty's book "From my hands to yours". He suggests to separate the two horses - not a little but a lot like taking one away from your stable a week or longer so that they learn to be 'alone'. Doing Join-Up with each of them will make YOU their leader and paratner. Think of the case that one of them must be taken care of in the clinic. They would be separated too. And it is a much better learning environment for both, you and your horse if there is not the other one around screaming and shouting for the one you are working with the whole time. I had the same situation with two wonderful Friesen Horses. Oneremained in the paddock (Jan) meanwhile the other one (Ben) was in the near by round pen with me. This round pen has got high wooden walls but Ben tried the whole time to watch over them, ran around in panic because of the separation from his buddy and I was simply not there for him. Jan freaks out in a level which makes him falling when running to the fence and back like mad. I suggested the owner to do what I learned from Monty in this book and when I was talking to him about this issue but she felt so "sorry" for them (or much more for herself) to separate them that I had to decide to stop working with them as I didn't want to be responsible for any of many accidents which can happen when I handle them and they behave like I described it. I would love to learn what you choose to do and how it works out. VioBerlin