New horse, buddy sour??
Well, I am realizing really fast that my new horse that I brought home last Saturday is very "buddy sour" and/or has some pretty serious separation anxiety issues. He goes into official training in March and my trainer is giving me a lesson once per week until then. Because of his now obvious issue, my trainer as well as some of the threads here have suggested leaving him tied away from his "buddies" until he gets over it (settles down). Just wondering how long to leave him tied? It may not be realistic for me to be at the barn for hours on end with him having his little "fits", but if he hasn't settled down in a certain period of time, is it okay to take him back to his paddock and do it again the next day? I was also wondering what might be a good schedule to keep until we start training. I can turn him out away from the others, lunge him in the round pen and leave him tied for a bit. I am thinking I need to get him over worrying about his buddies and paying attention to me before I will get much out of him under saddle. Thanks for any suggestions.