Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
There's quite a bit of difference between a horse who chooses to be alone, and one who has been designated as the omega.
If the animal is being ostracized they're alone because they've been run off, not because they've chosen to stay by themselves.
I had a true loner. He was also an alpha. He barely tolerated other horses, and could only go out with a select few his entire life. He was king of my little herd, and made sure he had the choicest hay, grass, and was the first to eat.
He always came in first, and at the head of the herd. Any horse that is holding back and only comes in after the others, is not a loner. They're an omega.