Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
After spending most of the winter together in a corral, mostly unridden, my little herd of 3 is pretty tight knit. I can take two of them out together, and they will be OK. If I take Mia out by herself, she'll be worried about 'her' horses. She will be much more nervous.
I don't have it in me to blame her too much. If I can get more time for riding, I can start taking her out by herself again and get her calmer...but it is going to be tough on 2-3 rides/week, tops. She's OK if I bring another horse along, and pretty good about things when all 3 go out.
Why should I really expect otherwise? A lead mare who spends all but 2-3 hours/week with a tight-knit small herd is going to worry about them when she isn't there to take care of them - particularly if she can hear them calling.
If I had unlimited time, THEN I could do something about it. But I've gone back to college at 55, am swamped with homework, am trying to get back to jogging daily (after an injury 4 years ago)...I don't have the time to 'cure' her. On the plus side, if all 3 go out, she's happy as a clam - however happy that is.
And she has never tried to bolt away from the other horse(s). She'll RACE...but she has never tried to bolt when another horse is with her. Given my time constraints, I figure I'll accept that and try to get my youngest daughter to go out with me regularly this summer.
Add - She doesn't throw a fit. She just is more nervous.
... Energy is an admirable thing, but the energy of stupidity seldom avails much..." - On Seats and Saddles (1868), Francis Dwyer, Major of Hussars (light cavalry)