Here's the dilemma I am facing. I currently am going to college 3 hours away from where I keep my horses. After I moved to college we moved my horse closer to my parents home so my parents would be able to get to my horse quickly and enjoy spending time with my horse. Well I moved my Thoroughbred from a farm that had 30 horses to first a barn that had 4 horses. He never got super attached to another horse and he always rather be with me then with the other horses. When we moved my Thoroughbred again to a 5 acre pasture with barn and riding corral he would of been by himself, so we purchased a mini to keep him company. WORSE IDEA EVER! Since i'm away at college i'm really not home that much and am not able to work with the two horses every day and nor my parents have experience to really work with them. So my parents go down and feed twice a day and spend time loving on them and petting the horses and walking them around on a lead rope but the horses are with each other 24/7.
Now when I go home to see my horse I notice he is not the same. First off he went from a horse who ran up to me to a horse that runs from me now to stay with his mini friend. He freaks out when I ride him now because he is too busy freaking out where his friend is. If he is in his stall by himself and can't see the mini he paces, to the point where he is not eating...and the problem is the mini is the same way. THIS IS A PROBLEM THAT NEEDS TO BE FIX!
We ultimately are thinking about selling the mini or adding another horse into the herd. What are other suggestions to fix this problem?? I'm thinking about trying to stall them at different times but that will be hard because the mini is very hard to catch. Or even taking the mini home to our house to get the two away from each other. Any other suggestions?