So I recently, FINALLY, moved my horses off of the property they had been at and away from the bad company that was kept there however one of the lady's horses, Cheyenne, had become very VERY close with my gelding. Cheyenne and Sonny had been pasture pals but since she was covered it seemed to have been more (No not by my horses) then just buddies. I would bring him in and she would follow diligently, or he would stop and see where she was every 10 steps or so. If it was dark and he couldnt see her he would shrill and pace and look around almost frantically.
I was suppose to move Sonny and Nova out Saturday so I had brought him in and penned them up together. No this is not as dangerous as it sounds, they get along great for the most part. Sonny was in a pen next to the pen connected to the pastures Cheyenne was in. I told him that he needed to get ready to leave and say goodbye (black beauty made me a sap for goodbyes). Well today when we were moving them I walked him out past her and loaded him up and he didn't pull to go see her so I didn't think anything of it when he tried to walk out of the trailer. Then later down the road I realized he did just have to walk away. When I go back to the new place to work them a little bit and get comfortable with the new place I bring him out and he is pacing trying to lope off with me *bareback* and just looking for a way to search everything. I have a feeling that he was still looking for her.
Sonny(Palo) with Cheyenne(Sweet mare I think American Spotted Draft) and Suede(yearling Arab/Appy)
Im not entirely sure how to help him move on from her and I don't feel it is safe to bring him out every day while he is panicking like he seemed to be today. His eyes looked so sad and scared, its sad to see him like this. He's never been like this and he has been moved several times before.
Who else has had to see a horse lose their pasture pal and not know what to do with themselves?
On a side note Nova loaded great today only took him two tries and a few minutes to get use to it!!!