Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Jacksonville, NC
I had the same problem with my new gelding. Before I got him, he was stabled with no other horses around. At my stable he has a neighbor 3 yr old mare who rapidly became his best friend. So after I gave him time off to get used to the new stable and started doing work with him, the seperation anxiety began. When I would lead him away from his stall and he could still see her, he was fine. The round pen faces the stalls so he was fine there. But when I moved him over to the arena, he could no longer see her and would really freak out. His eyes would get super big and he couldnt stand still. He would whinny over and over for her. SO what I did was take him out of his stall and walk him out of sight of her a little at a time. Go towards the arena, make him stand quietly, then put him away. Repeat the next day going away a little farther. Now we can go all the way to the arena and do work without him worrying about her. We had to do a lot of in hand work to establish he could trust me to take care of him without her.
I wouldnt stall them seperatly, he is just telling you that is my herd, I am safe with them. Work on taking him away from the herd with increasing distances and do lots of ground work with him so he focuses on you as the herd leader. Once he can put all his trust in you, he wont have problems leaving the herd...he will know you will take care of him and when you are done, you will put him back with the herd.
Hope that helps a little, sorry so long but I know how you feel!!