I just brought home a new horse a week ago. She's a spotted draft, and I adore her. I've wanted a draft since I was 8, and believe me, that was a LONG time ago!
So, Kate (new horse) was hugely attached to her buddy at her old place, and here, my other 2 mares haven't let her near them yet. She's clearly sad and depressed - "grieving" is the only impression you could possibly get if you could see her.
The lead horse here is Mandy, a 22 yr old QH mare, who is lame and slow, but sweet and gentle. The #2 horse is Sally, a high-strung TB x-race horse. Sally keeps running the new horse, Kate, away from the barn, the hay feeder, and of course from Mandy. (of course I've provided hay and water for Kate where she can get all she wants without having to compete for it.) Sally isn't biting or kicking, just charging Kate and running her off.
Would it be worth trying to put the feisty, aggressive Sally in a different pasture to see if old Mandy and Kate could bond a bit? Or should I just let them sort it out? I feel SO bad for Kate. She's so sad.
Any advice for what I could do to help Kate through this transition?
Thanks. This is heartbreaking to watch.