I have a video on my phone I am trying to figure out how to upload ... but a previous poster said they disagreed with my vet about taking Drifter out of the pasture. The reason he did this was because we didn't know of a suitable horse to stick with him in a private paddock. As soon as we realized he and Cody would get along, he was put back on pasture.
The reason we took him out of the big herd is best illustrated in the video, but let me try to explain. The ranch Drifter is currently on backs up to the ranch that contains his old friend Blaze. There is a hayfield in between them, but when the horses call they can hear one another. Whenever Drifter was in his original giant pasture with the herd, he spent all of his time crying out in desperation for Blaze and getting more agitated by the second. He could hear Blaze answering him and could not figure out how to get to him. He runs in circles, letting out a distressed whinny until you go and get him and take him out. On the days that he would call and Blaze would not be out to answer back, there was no problem. However on the days that Blaze would answer it was pretty hard to watch. Drifter didn't want to graze or relax. He just wanted to keep calling. It's hard to listen to that desperate whinny over and over again.
Taking him out of the pasture until we were able to find him a suitable smaller paddock with a friend seems to have worked the best. It was not ideal I know, but it is the best I could do. In his other pasture he was burning off what fat he had left, and was not taking in any extra calories. He is content to graze with Cody now and seems to be settling back down.Hopefully in the weeks to come more progress will be made. He does not call for Blaze or mac. Except for today when he saw blaze unloading. I was expecting an ordeal when he left but my friend who was out there says Drifter simply watched them load Blaze back up and then went back to rolling around and playing with Cody. So maybe he is making his peace with it.
I will make sure I am giving him extra scratches and support to make up for me not catching it earlier. He has a giant heart that is easily broken. I have definitely noticed that about him.