My OTTB has been on the farm (off the track) for 4 months now. He is doing great. My trainer (she owns and stays at the farm) felt that in the beginning, he should have his own paddock, without company. She explained that as we are beginning to train him to be a regular riding horse, if he is overly "bonded" with another horse, it could be distracting for him. So, he sees horses around him in other paddocks, and in the barn, but he is alone in his paddock. I completely agree with the approach, and it really has allowed me to bond nicely with him.
One of the ladies at my barn is going to rescue a pony this weekend. Its an old welsh pony mare that desperately needs a good home. She is quiet and sweet, and was at the bottom of the pecking order of her herd. Now that my gelding is well settled in and doing well in his training, we are thinking of paddocking him with the new pony.
Does anyone have any particular advice about this? Any risk here that he gets attached and doesnt want to focus on his training, or that she will call out to him while I am trying to work with him?