Jaxxon has become terribly buddy sour. Iíve left him alone a great deal, so he could get used to an actual pasture/herd setting and integrate himself in our herd... Well, heís made -great- buddies with my cousins Racking Horse mare Patch.
Donít get me wrong, Iím very pleased heís made such great buddies with the mare. Heís also sort of buddied up with my mare Gypsie, but heís formed a much closer attachment with Patch.
However, heís a bit too close to Patch. Heís extremely buddy sour. Jax will lead away from the herd well, but he starts hollering when we get a certain distance away. If I let him on a loose lead, he constantly circles around me at a walk/trot. When I let him go, he takes off at a dead run back to the other horses. When Iím trying to work with him, half the time he isnít even concentrating on me because heís searching for the other horses and hollering.
I have him out in the Lot right now, which is roughly about an acre. My other two horses are in the backyard. There isnít much grass in the Lot, but should I start putting him out there a few hours each day? Should I put my other horses in the backyard where they can see and smell and talk to each other in order to keep Mr. J from totally freaking out? Right now, heís out there running the fence-line and hollering for Patch. My other two horses donít seem to care about him a bit (which, my other gelding hates his guts and my mare has an ĎI-Donít-Careí sort of attitude towards him).