My horses anxiety and my anxiety!
I got a second horse a few weeks ago and she arrived last week. My horse Ty and my new horse Candi have lived on the same property before. Across from one another but unable to touch.
When Candi arrived i put them next to each other in the big barn with an indoor arena.
Now since Candi came Ty has gone bazerk when I work with her.
Another thing i had noticed before Candi even arrived was that ever since I moved Ty from an outdoor pipe paddock with a run in into the big barn his attitude and behavior changed. He has never been in a facility quite like this. He became way more pushy. He would spend the entire day in his stall looking out the door into the indoor. Just staring (sp) at the activity. He has a choice to be in the stall or walk outside to in his paddock.
The only reason I moved him into the big barn was because everyone freaked out over a small storm we had at the end of Sept. and moved their horses into the big barn which would have left Ty all alone out there.
So...back to our anxiety. I moved Ty into the smaller barn where I board because the paddock is bigger out there. He has joint issues and the more room he has the better. And, also I moved him to seperate him from Candi.
He can still look across and see her and many other horses and soon there will be a new horse moving in a few stall/paddocks down from him in the little barn he is now in.
I feel bad because he is so anxious and is pacing and pacing in circles in his new paddock. At the same time this is all transpiring he has also been learning how to be turned out on pasture for two hours a day. But, this has been an ongoing process for the last month because he gets anxious and starts to pace and get riled out in the turnouts. We finally had him out for 2 whole hours yesterday.
I saw him laying down today and I have never really seen him lay down. I walked over and saw that he was not really in any distress. I think he was just resting. He eventually rolled and got up to follow me around.
When I left he was crying out for either me or for Candi. Candi went to turn out for the first time today, so she was not in her stall/paddock where he could see her.
I am hoping this will start to get better in a week or so. I just want the best for him. He is a very special horse to me and to my family. Unfortunately he has joint issues and he is pretty young.
One thing I hear from others at my barn is two opposites. Some say to spoil him during the transition and others say to distance myself while he adjusts.
Candi is going into training starting tomorrow, so maybe seeing someone else working with her besides me will help.
I guess I am confused as to what will help and what might not.. I in no way want to make it harder for him to adjust...
Any encouragement or suggestions would be great. He is in this location to stay....I will not move him to another location on the property again.
He has had enough going on already!
Last edited by HalfPass; 11-10-2009 at 04:10 PM.