Ok, so there's a horse I've been riding on and off for the past 2 or so years. I found out when I leased him this winter he can't stand being alone, to the point where I felt unsafe riding him without another person riding with me, which was annoying since I could only ride when one of my friends could go riding. But even then, he freaked out if he couldn't always be behind the other horse. He's great (well sort of
) in lessons where there's several other horses with us, but he gets super nervous if he's alone anywhere, or if I ask him to move away from the other horses. I can understand the being nervous about being alone, but I don't get why he always has to be directly behind another horse-he'll refuse to pass them, even though he usually trots/canters a lot faster (well he'll pass horses in a large group, but not if there's just two of us in the arena). I figured maybe it's my fault and he doesn't percieve me as a strong leader so he wants to follow another horse instead. I did a lot of ground work/bonding with him over the winter. But then my lease ended and track season started and I haven't been out to see him in a while, so I don't know if it made any difference in him. I doubt anyone else has been riding him (he's spooky and hard mouthed and has too much energy, so not many people can put up with him), so it'll pretty much be a start over for him this summer. I'm looking for suggestions for how to get him used to being alone. I have other questions about him too I'll post in this thread later.