When I take my mare away for training, the other mare screams and carries on for the entire time, which is very distracting. My mare is very bullish and upset as well because they are herd bound to each other.
We have tried the tieing and brief separation episodes. We have tried the putting one in the barn while working with the other.
I am frustrated because the other mare is basically a lawn ornament and doesn't get much ground work or training and I want my mare to move forward in her training but I am stopped due to this issue. She is dangerous and powerful while freaking out. When she is with her buddy she is a great, friendly horse.
My girlfriend who is an amazing horse person told me to separate the two horses, and put the ignored mare in another pasture where the two cannot see each other. Granted they may hear each other. And let them deal with being away from each other permanently.
I have read all the posts and there is some conflict about this strategy, saying it will cause too much stress and blow their minds.
I am quite willing to spend hours with my mare, just sitting around and grooming her or talking to her and of course working with her while she is by herself.
The other mares owner is not willing to continue with the baby steps. He doesn't understand the importance of them. So if I want to enjoy my mare in a safe environment, I am seriously considering this more drastic move.
I am wondering if anyone else has done this "last resort" type of thing.
I would really appreciate the help with this.