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post #1 of 3 Old 04-14-2011, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Will a horse get depressed..

So today I noticed Lola walked the whole way in from the field without stopping! But then I also noticed her best buddy was not in the field. We got down to the yard and he was in the field beside the arena. When they seen each other he trotted down to the gate and both of them were neighing at each other. I let them have a chat for a minute then I brought her in to tack her up. When I bring her into the arena the other horse comes trotting up again and then trots up and down the fence. When I get on she gets a bit distracted but eventually forgets about him. And he just stands in the same spot for half an hour looking at her. When I got off I let her stay in the arena for a while and they both stood beside each other across the fence. When I bring her in she keeps calling to him.

This is the first time they have been separated. Usually when I bring her back out to the field he will see her coming and trot up to us while both of them are going crazy neighing. Today when I put Lola out to the field she just stood there for ages not knowing what to do. And every few minutes she looked back at him neighing. They could still see each other. Then she walked off and ate hay on her own.

I cannot put her in the same field as him now because it is way to small and there is already 6 of them in it during the day. At night there is only 2.

So I am wondering can horses become upset etc from being separate from another horse who they are always with? Will it affect her work and thinking? I am sure he will be moved back eventually but I felt so bad putting her out and he not there.

And of course can her being with him the whole and then coming in for work affect her in a bad way? Which is worse...Them being separated or them being together?

There are some other horses in the field she would graze beside but he is lke her best friend! They are always together! But the funny thing is the never neigh at each other when they are both down in the yard. They seem to not know each other =/

I have really never seen two horses so close. Especially where they are. They are the only two who will go crazy if they see each other.
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post #2 of 3 Old 04-14-2011, 02:38 PM
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"BFF" attachments are common as grass. Horses are herd animals with their hierarchies, so the horse on either side of one in the hierarchy is the BFF.

The challenge for the human is to replace the BFF, by being the trustworthy leader to the horse. (Love, Language, & Leadership, in equal doses.)
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Yeah they seem very attached and very much herd leaders. When I put Lola into a field all of the horses come up to her then follow her around. I suppose it will be hard to be higher than herd leader XD And I would say it will be a long time before she neighs when she sees me!
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