Concerned about my horse, looking for some input.
Hi there my name is Mel, im 28 yrs old and live in British Columbia, Canada. I have had my half Arabian gelding since he was born, he is currently 11 years old. He has lived for the past 9 years on my parents farm. He had a few different companions through out the years but lived alone for approx 6-9 months before the move. Due to unforeseen events they had to move. I moved my horse to a boarding barn with 12 other horses. My horse went from a 5 acre grass paddock into a tiny turnout... The person who owned the barn had their horses down on grass fields while mine was up alone in dirt. They don't turnout any horses together, they don't like herd bound animals. His behaviour became so neurotic. He was constantly calling, pacing the fence, even running himself sweaty. It got to the point that he had dropped about 100 lbs. I moved him again after about 1 month to a different boarding stable with larger grass fields, where he gets turned out with other horses (which he loves). He seemed to be settling in well and I was relieved. Now after a couple weeks he is pacing the fence line, calling again, while turned out with another horse. So again I find myself worried sick... This is a horse who has been mr mellow since he was born. He loves people and has a dog like personality, he has never been an "uppity" horse. Any input or feedback on this extreme change would be so appreciated. If any other info is needed let me know. I just don't know what to do. He hasnt put weight back on and this extreme behaviour change has me so concerned, this is not my horse! Is there anything I can do to help stop this neurotic behaviour before it gets to bad? Thanks so much for any help.
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