herd/buddy sour...I see it coming

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    07-06-2010, 09:28 PM
herd/buddy sour...I see it coming

A few months ago our horse, Ginger, showed the signs of being buddy sour when her favorite pasture pal went off for training. She mellowed out after 1 day and seemed content with the other 3 horses that were still there.

So here's the current situation....on Thursday all of the horses are being moved away so she will be alone until Sunday when my daughter and Ginger will be going away for a training camp for 3 weeks. My question is this: Is there anything we can do to keep her safe and somehow adjust to the situation until they leave? After being part of a small herd for a few years, can she eventually adjust to being alone?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm feeling pretty frustrated at the moment
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    07-07-2010, 12:19 AM
How long is your horse going to be alone? Just a few days? If so, I might try to spend some extra time with her--grooming, sitting in a chair outside her pen, etc while the other horses are away. Horses hate being away from other horses, but many will settle for another living creature (human, dog, chicken, whatever).
    07-07-2010, 09:39 AM
Thanks for the help. I told my daughter that she's really going to have to pay attention for those few days. The timing stinks with trying to pack and get everything together before she leaves for camp.

The situation may be permanent so I still feel that I need to figure out a solution. I'm hoping, in the long run, that I can get another pasture pal out here.
    07-07-2010, 11:58 AM
Being herd bound is an emotional issue. She might be distraught for a while, but I would think she'd get over it and calm down. She'll survive. She might panic and run the fence line and scream her head off (at least that's what my mom's horse does). Let her. She needs to figure out that it's not so bad being alone. It'll help a lot if your daughter spends lots of time with her and/or if your get her a companion animal.

I'm having the same issue with my two horses ever since we brought them home. They were never that way before, since there were 12 other horses at the old barn and now it's just the two of them. When I take Victor away, Norman goes nuts. But he's always alive when we come back, albeit upset. It's a rather annoying and potentially dangerous issue for the handler, so I think it's important for horses to be able to be alone, at least for a while.
    07-07-2010, 09:49 PM
Thanks Jessabel. You've given me a much better scenario than I've had in my head. I have had visions of her breaking out of the fence, getting injured or maybe even hit by a car UGH
    07-08-2010, 05:57 PM
I know what you mean! I'm a worrywart too, but it's better to be extra cautious than to have an, "It's just a horse, it'll be fine" attitude. I wouldn't worry about her going through a fence as long as it's sturdy. Electric fence is even better.

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