03-27-2012, 12:12 AM
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Significant Attitude Change. Seems Good, Not Bad.
About 3 weeks ago we had to put down one of our horses. His buddy, Sonny, an OTTB, was a bit fresh, plenty of attitude, and I could always rely on him to challenge me with fair regularity. Since his buddy, Joe passed away he has been an absolute angel. Almost a bit lethargic, and I'm certain he's lonely. We have other horses, but none of them were pastured with with Joe and Sonny. He can see them all, and has contact across the fence with one. I am just wondering if his change in disposition is normal, temporary, permenant, unhealthy, or what. It doesn't seem to be at all unhealthy. As a matter of fact I think it's good because he has become much more dependent on me for everything, and he seems to be much more relaxed, and is certainly less challenging. Joe was definitely the Alpha and Herd leader so I think it has become much easier for sonny to see me now as the herd leader. Am I reading this right? I would love to see your thoughts!