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Watch how John Lyons corrects buddy sour behavior in this exclusive HorseChannel video.

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Q: I have two horses, and whenever I try to ride one, the other one goes crazy in his pen. He works himself into a sweat, and I’m afraid he’s going to hurt himself or get sick from it. What should I do?

A: In this video clip, John Lyons teaches you how to help your horses overcome separation anxiety.


John Lyons on handling equine seperation anxietyJohn Lyons’ extraordinary ability to inspire and teach people how to become partners with their horses has launched a global training career that has spanned more than 25 years. After a successful show career and gaining practical horse knowledge on his Colorado cattle ranch, Lyons began giving training clinics and symposiums in 1980. With a background in education, he recognized people were eager for help with their horses and developed an extremely successful, solid training program. Lyons is recognized as "America’s Most Trusted Horseman” and is a major clinician and keynote speaker at large horse events nationwide and abroad. He is committed to helping people through his books, DVDs and Perfect Horse magazine, and has also developed a certification program that has produced more than 200 professional "John & Josh Lyons Certified” trainers.  John Lyons and his wife, Jody, live in Parachute, Colo., on "Our Dream Ranch.”

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Marion    Sussex, NJ

9/3/2014 3:59:51 AM

I just got a mare that is inscure about her stable mates going out, she's fine when she leaves, they just can't! What then????

Donna    Brandon, FL

7/9/2014 10:50:47 AM

Thanks for the information. Always nice to know other horse owners deal with the same issues!

Kathy    Bahama, NC

7/7/2014 3:48:42 AM

Good advice, but I still think that they want to be with each other. I have one that does this at horse shows when I take her buddy away, but if she has another horse next to her in that barn and can see it, she's fine. What then?

Brinley    Smithfield, UT

11/25/2012 5:57:27 PM

I was just wondering, I am a 11 year old who is retraining a pony who has bucked, bolted, and bit, all when she was trying to get back to the other horses. She is usually fine, until the other horses get riled up, they neigh at her which makes her want to go back, How can I solve this? P.S. She likes to rebel, my dad yanked on her and as pay back she bucked me... Please email the answer to me at Thanks!

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