Sorry to steal this from eventer79 but Steady rightfully deserves it. My horse is terriblly herd bound, has been since the day he stepped foot on my property. You have read about us working on riding out alone and having some good success. Also hauling him alone has become doable finally, even though he does have fits in the trailer.
4-h has started and we have to haul the kids horses to the fair grounds once a week for practice with the group. I have 4 horses, 3 of which are used for 4-h. All but Steady need to go out with us. Monday was the first time we did this and as I suspected he threw a huge fit being in the pasture alone. While we were there he ran the fence line over and over and worked himself into a big sweating mess. I pulled away with fear that I would come home to a broken leg or a horse running free or who knows what but I didn't really have another option. When we got home he seemed stressed and sweaty but otherwise fine.
The kids all have a show this weekend and we were getting in one last showmanship practice yesterday. I had all 3 kids(two of mine and one little girl that uses one of our mini's) line up in the yard to practice. This left SFH in the pasture alone which completely freaked SFH out. He ran and ran himself into another frenzy. I could see him from where I was standing as I was trying to teach and help 3 little girls keep their ornery little horses in line. Horses just love to push the envelope with a little kid at the helm. I see out the corner of my eye SFH slamming himself into the fence getting his leg some how in it. He pulls his leg and easily frees himself but I was imagining and terrible bloody mess when I went to check on him. I went over and luckily he was still standing on all four feet but still throwing a huge SFH fit. Hopping at the fenceline making me think if I pushed him any farther he may just attempt to jump it. I wanted to wrap my hands around his neck and choke SFH. I was beyond stressed. I needed to be paying attention to the poor little girls standing their with their horsies not SFH. I gave in and brought him out and let the little girls mom let him graze so we could at least finish the girls lesson. The kids all did great I had to go round and round a few times to let Moonlight and Snappy know that pulling their sweet girls over to a nice grassy spot to graze was completely unacceptable. By the end they got the picture and all the girls had a few really good practice tests.
Steady has one spot on his RH that he scraped the fur off of but other than that he was unscathed but I have to pull away Saturday morning along with every Monday and leave SFH behind. I cannot help but fear he will seriously injure himself. I have tried to take him along to 4-h but first of all that means I have to make two trips there and home to get everyone there and when we are there we have to take all 3 horses except him into the arena to practice and I put him in a stall last time and he acted like he was going to bust the stall down being in there alone. Any help? Any suggestions? Anything to put my mind at ease? Because SFH is STRESSING me out!!!