Solitary Confinement

Hi Guy’s and Gal’s,

I have just happened to get done with the shoer . Today was not my best day. Matter of fact my almost 3 year old gelding took off. Now granted he also let me get him without a fuss but, he has problems. Right now I am going to try to touch on one of them.

Solitary Confinement. He is very horsey and it has gotten to the point that even when I take him away for the others (Each horse has there own stall) he has a fit and won’t work or let you brush, pick his feet whatever. I decided to place him in a turnout where he has room to run but, cannot see his buddies.

When he calms down I put in a buddy for a little then in an hour or 2 take away buddy. He paces some but seems to be calming down better or faster. I have only had him in the turnout for about 3 days now. I think it is working (hoping) Is this a good idea or am I setting myself up for something worse?

This is already long but, right after being gelded he was trimmed(feet) for the first time and when he had trouble the shoer beat on him. He sat with a herd of other horses for a little after then the trainer worked with him and he did better. Then I got him and he does great for me but isn’t crazy about other “people”. Just right now though it’s this buddy thing that bothers me.

Thanks Nikki

3 Responses to Solitary Confinement

  1. denu220 says:

    Let me think about it, Nikki. I’ll get back to you after work… It’s never good when a “shoer” (farrier) or anyone beats on your horse for lack of cooperation; it just gives the horse a negative association with that type of person and increases the odds that he’ll be “uncooperative” again. Also, my gelding was recently turned out after five years in “solitary” (training stable); it’s taken him some time to figure out what being outdoors is all about… I’ll get back to you :)

  2. empressive says:


    His has been let out in turnouts with other horses before. His “kicker” is being taken away. From his buddies. Actually, what really got me started was that the shoer showed up (I had forgotten about him!) and when they went to shoe the gelding he would NOT let them touch him. Yet, he had been fine with the same shoers before. Of course, the little guy hid behind me and let me touch and get his feet. I wondered if this was because of the “solitary” I put him in? I mean it’s not like I let him sit all day alone. In the afternoon he gets a buddy and before that I work with him. This morning I went down to check on him and he was just chill’en. No problem. Go figure.

  3. denu220 says:

    My gelding is sort of like that—no two days are the same. Go figure is right. Sometimes we just have to treat our guys like individuals and tailor our approach to them based on their mood/behavior-of-the-day.

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