If I was a selfish person.....
I'd keep Soda alone.
Seriously, I gave him about a week off after Flame was put down. Started riding him this weekend again and he has been really freaking great. Still a little spooky, but that's just his personality. That's even gotten better, now he just "looks" and gets a little tense instead of spinning and bolting. Of course that was getting better before we lost Flame. The big thing is that he was barely barn sour AT ALL.
I have a little group of 6 or so pine trees in the front of the house and a couple of lines of pine trees. I like to use the pine trees as obstacles/patterns to practice turning/weaving/etc. He usually does pretty good, but I end up using more rein than I'd like. Last night I was steering 95% w/ my legs/butt, only had to use the reins a couple of times when he got distracted. It was really really nice.
Altogether we just had a great little ride, even with the swarms of mosquitos. If he wasn't so obviously lonely I probably would be tempted to keep him alone. Oh well, if I ride him enough like this before we get the new horse maybe it'll carry over?
It probably will. My first horse had to be kept alone after the passing of a rescue I had gotten. We were already tight...but got closer when the other horse was gone. When I got him a new pasture mate...I was still his #1. He spent a day hanging out with her and decided he preferred my company.
Hopefully this will continue then. I've been horse/pony hunting, but I'm trying to be picky so it'll probably take me a little while.
Yep when my gelding had been alone for a couple months, our bond got so much better. But I always feel bad if he has to be alone.
I'm just really happy about the lack of barn sourness, that's always been our biggest problem. He'd get all distracted and crazy because he wanted to get back to Flame so he wouldn't listen to my cues. Now he's like "Oh ok" at the littlest cue, like he knows exactly what I'm asking.
Makes me feel like all the training I've done actually worked. LOL :D At first he was more standoffish on the ground, but he's getting back to normal "cuddly" behavior, so that's good. I don't want him to be more "cuddly" on the ground though, he'd be stalking me then!
I'm so sorry for your loss! Loosing an old friend is never easy.
My 27-year-old appaloosa gelding was kept alone for 2-3 weeks after his pasture mate had to be put down. It is hard for a horse to acclimate to being alone, but many that I have seen do okay temporarily. But when/if the time comes that you get another horse, it is absolutely beautiful. I will never forget how Patches acted when Scotch came home for the first time, or when Kubie saw them after being alone. Horses do okay with just human interaction, but they thrive with each other.
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