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The Herd Bound Horse

…lately. Horses are instinctively herd-bound animals, so it’s something we have to expect and understand about these animals. Horses are reliant on the herd for…

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My Horse Is Herd-Bound And Barn Sour

…your horse want to be part of your herd–willing to go with you anywhere. The Reason Horses are herd-bound animals. The behavior known as gregarious—defining…

Cultivating a Connection with Horses

…dealing with herd-bound horses occurs when you cannot physically separate them from the herd—when they can still see and/or hear the herd– it’s a constant…

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Horses Living Alone

…are very distinctive and the structure of the herd is quite complex—rankings within the herd, cooperative behavior, bonding. Seeking acceptance into the herd is a…

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Horse Turns Toward Gate And Stops Working

…your authority. The Reason Gate gravity is actually herd gravity; it’s a horse’s nature to be herd-bound—staying safe by remaining close to his fellow horses….

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3 Leadership Activities

…security, and comfort. You have to be a herd of two.” If your horse doesn’t feel safe with you, he might become herd-bound, barn sour,…

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Preventing Herd-Bound Behavior

Horses are instinctively herd-bound. It’s one of seven categories of instinctive behavior in horses and it is known as gregarious behavior. A desire to be…

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Horses In Confinement

…at some point so they do not become too herd bound. In fact, you’ll probably want to find opportunities to separate the all horses at…

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Ground-Work Exercises

Herd Mentality When your horse is turned out for the winter, he may quickly revert to a herd mentality. In that mode, he’ll follow the…

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Leadership And Authority

…authority, given the hierarchy that exists in the herd. There is never a void of leadership in a horse herd. If the leader of the…

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Winter “Whoas”

herd-bound. Getting your horse out, separating him from the herd and reminding him who you are, will help a lot. Horses are mutually-grooming animals and…

Episode 618 – Jiggin And Jaggin

Jiggin and Jaggin: Julie Goodnight helps a herd-bound trail horse learns she must behave on the trail and follow her rider’s leadership…

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August 2021 Horse Report

…a total blast to ride—with tack and without—she’s starting to get more herd-bound. We have to diligently separate her from the geldings and make sure…

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Riding With Awareness

…even being manipulated. Being aware of the horse’s level of obedience and his motivations for disobedience (maybe lazy, maybe herd-bound, seeking comfort or scared and…