First he is herd bound now he is eating his stall.
Hello everyone. I'm glad I discovered this place. I didn't know such a thing existed and there is a ton of info here.
I'm new to the country and horses. Been a city boy all my life until May of this year. I sold my business and decided to take a year off work period and relax a bit. I've not had a vacation in 15 years so this is it.
I have a smallish place, only 4 acres but its nice and divided into two pastures, one about 1/2 acre and the other about 2 acres. The rest is trees, yard etc.
I started with 2 goats donated by a family member who sold their farm and moved to the city.
Not wanting to rush into things with a big horse we decided to buy an adorable mini foal from a neighbor to learn the ropes. The mini has been great. He was about 4 months old when we got him and he is a very well behaved, well mannered fellow now.
I started shopping around for a riding horse. I wanted one that was older, well mannered, with no vices. After shopping for months I settled on a 20 year old Quarter/App cross. He was great there. Rode him a few times, lunged him, got to know him and really liked him.
I got him home and the nightmare began. As soon as he arrived at the house, he became seriously attached to my mini. To the point that if he is not in close proximity he is almost impossible to deal with. Can't lead him, lunge him, groom him... nothing. If the mini is close he is easy to deal with. His attachment is so severe that in the barn my horse will scream and work himself into a huge dripping sweat if the minis stall door is closed and out of sight. He is less than 6 feet away. He run back and forth and beat at the walls. Trying to work him is asking to get hurt. He just doesn't pay any attention. If the mini is in the same field in view he is pretty good. Riding him is an exercise in futility.
Although the mini is his buddy sometimes he treats him poorly by running him off the water bucket or biting him randomly.
I decided to try an separate them a bit by placing the mini in the small pasture and him in the larger one beside it. They are separated only by a small fence. He has been running up and down the fence and whinnying like mad. It has only been 2 days.
To make matters worse he has been chewing wood in the stall and has actually managed to destroy a good chunk in 2 nights. I bought some no chew spray after the first night and it did nothing. I used half the bottle in his stall and in the morning I discovered more damage. I also bought a jolly ball when I bought the spray to distract him but it didn't work last night.
I'm guessing his chewing is a result of his anxiety of being separated by a fence in the day. I need to do something quick because he will destroy my barn in short order. Am I doing the wrong thing by separating them?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.