Aw Caroline... I have nothing to say...
Thanks, your words mean a lot.
AND my teeth just ALL fell out! You're just THAT sweet!
Thanks Maggie for your thoughts! I find myself kind of complaining inside about how HF doesn't seem to have anyone really familiar with blind horses...then I realize that maybe I'm "in training" to be "that person" for someone in the future...
On the plus side, I think Lacey was maybe initially worried that her buddy was going to go away again because she seems to be really settling. Today she had a really great lesson where she was basically unable to see Lady (Lady was down, tied to the shed, about 50ft away from where Lacey was "working" - well beyond where Lacey'd be able to see her) and neither mare put up any kind of fuss!
Lacey nickered to Lady when the lesson was done and she was brought back down to the shed, but during the lesson there was no neighing or rushing around or any sort of panicked-type behavior.
She listened to her rider, did exactly what was asked (and in a much more polished fashion than her usual too!), and was just all around her good ole' self.
I was a proud "mommy". hahaha
I also went up there this evening to take Lacey's flymask off and I found the girls standing about 30ft from each other, each doing their own activity (Lacey - scratching her face on a tree, Lady - grazing), and neither mare was too concerned about where the other one was.
I guess maybe now Lacey has realized that Lady appears to be sticking around, no ninja disappearances, so she can relax about letting Lady out of her sight...
Yay for self sufficiency and feeling secure!
ETA- Apparently I was in a smiley-mood while writing this post... oops. haha!