Originally Posted by bsms
The first month we took my mare out with another horse, she didn't want to get more than 3 feet from the other horse. We had to work on opening up the distance. After that, she decided she wanted to be in front, and eventually she started opening up a gap...
Sounds just like Ellie. At first she wanted to keep her nose just about on the other horse's tail - I'd work at keeping a proper distance, but any time my attention was distracted by something for a few seconds, she'd be right back. Then she'd get ahead for a few yards, and on a winding road suddenly realize that she couldn't see her buddy and would try to turn around and go back. Now she's gotten fairly comfortable about being a good ways ahead, and even out of sight, though we're still working on the 'left behind' thing.