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Horse new to boarding situation - very herd bound now

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I recently decided to get out of horses and sell my two. One sold very quickly leaving my horse on his own, I made the decision to move him to my trimmers property 40 minutes away on full board so he would have company until he sells.
He has been there for 2 weeks and is really enjoying being part of a large group, he also gets worked twice a week by the owner which means I only need to go once or twice a week to see him.
The issue I want to address is that when I bring him into the yard he gets very anxious about leaving his group although he can still see them, but from a distance. He paces the entire time and calls constantly, cleaning his feet today was a battle as he would not stand still when tied. At home I had no issues bringing him in where he couldn't see his mate but most of the time I would bring them in together.
I don't want potential buyers to be put off by this as it is not his usual behaviour, what would be the best approach to correcting this and getting him to relax? He comes into the yard 2-3 times a week to be fed and brushed but that is always with the rest of his friends. I have never moved a horse to a new location so am not sure if this is just part of the settling in process.
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