I didn't know where to post this, but this is where I feel comfortable asking. I am over 40 ( mature ?? ) and just recently got into horses, which I love. I have a 27 y.o mare and 12 y.o mare. The older mare has health issues. The 2 have only been together 2 years, but are best buddies.
My concern is, how does the younger mare behave when the older passes on? I will get another horse a soon as possible, but she will be alone in the pasture until I can find one. What can I expect and is there anything I can do to ease any anxiety issues? I don't like thinking about it, but it's something I need to educate myself on. Thank you for any information.
So given that little bit of dribble my approach would be to throw a sheep or goat in with them, they will make friends, and I, would also be having more to do with the one that will be left behind. The horse will look to something or some one for company. After all they are a herd animal and generally not loners by choice. Be ready to deal with 1400 pounds of lost feelings because in my humble opinion the horse will morn the loss of its paddock mate and act accordingly for a while.