I have a situation at my barn. A boarder friend has started riding her horse alone and away from the barn. This leaves two horses behind, which should be fine right? NOPE. My horse is very attached to my boarder friends horse and runs the fence line calling for her until she comes back. This has been going on for about five weeks happening about three times a week. No improvements on my mare's behavior. I'm getting increasingly worried that my mare is going to hurt herself. Does anyone have any advice? Things that have helped or will I just have to tell my boarder friend to stop riding out alone?
I had this same exact problem with my paint gelding and my mare. When I went out to ride my mare he went nuts. I would neigh the whole time, ram the fence. Rare over the fence. Constantly. So I finally gave up. Then I wanted to ride again. So he did it again. So I finally got another horse and rubbed her cent off on the other horse and put the gelding and the new horse together, and it worked great
Do they live together (same paddock)? If you can, id try seperating them. Your horse will stop relying on your friend's for comfort/companionship & things will settle down. She's just gotten too attached & so it's sort of become the same thing with foals & their dams; where the foal is panicking because mommy isn't around. You need to re-wean her lol ;)
Thanks for the advice. Yes they are always together . . . I have a three sided shelter that they share. They have been together for two years. A third horse was added a month ago but she will be leaving in a month so we'll be back to two horses again. I can understand the re-weaning process. Interesting point. The horse that gets upset (mine) is the dominant horse of the group. The horse that is ridden off alone is the lowest horse of the three. She doesn't mind when my horse is taken away. Seems my horse doesn't like losing part of her herd. I'll see what happens when they are put into separate pastures. Thanks!
Thanks for the advice lilruffian! Since your post I have separated everyone into separate pastures. It was amazing how bonded they were but after several days of being apart things have improved a lot. Yesterday I was able to take my horse away for a riding lesson while to other two horses calmly stayed here. It's a lot more work to put everyone out by themself but the payoff is worth it.
I learned something new this week. I've never had this problem in my 20 years of owning horses.
You are doing the right thing by seperating them. You definitely don't want a spoiled, herd-bound horse. Asking your friend not to ride out alone would not fix the problem, but would instead be making it worse.
I can't stand herdbound horses! Lol The worst one I found was a QH mare (she was mine, but long story short id owned her for 6 months before actually meeting her!lol) Impossible to catch & of course she was in a 60 acre field. We finally managed to lure all the horses into the riding area that's attached to the field & caught her that way. Then when we stuck her in the stall in the barn, there was a tissue-box-sized hole in the back wall where a clydesdale & kicked through before, & she got down on her knees & tried pushing her head through to get out to the other horses! Then proceeded to spin in circles!
We had to switch stalls with her & another horse that was in the barn because of a leg injury & she cried all night!
Great riding horse though lol so long as there was another horse in sight.