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post #1 of 3 Old 08-05-2013, 04:58 AM Thread Starter
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Separation Anxiety

Hi all,
My new horse Diddly seems to have a bit of separation anxiety.
A bit of history:
He was born on a stud, and lived their for the first two years of his life, surrounded by other horses. At the age of two, he was bought by someone who owned a riding school. He lived there for another two years, till the age of four (again, always surrounded by other horses) and then I bought him.

There are only 3 horses at my place; Diddly, Percy, and Candy. Candy is being sold, so that brings us down to two. When my mother takes Percy out riding, Diddly starts to panic, particularly if he is in his stable. So I generally have to put him out in the field, next to Candy. It works, for now, but Candy will be sold very, very soon, putting an end to that solution. I completely understand why he has this separation anxiety, but I don't know how to fix it.
Unfortunately, buying or loaning a companion horse or pony is not an option. I was more hoping someone could give me some help with retraining him, so he doesn't mind being on his own.
Also, on another note: Diddly is fine if he is taken away, say to a show or a private lesson, and Percy is left at home. But if Percy was to be taken away, to a show or whatever, Diddly would go absolutely nuts.
I would just like for him to be settled, and know that Percy was coming back. Its very distressing, watching him try to kick the door down, and rushing around the stable screaming
Do you think he would improve if I left him out in the field whilst Percy was being ridden? Any ideas?
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post #3 of 3 Old 08-05-2013, 10:14 AM
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Separate them. Let him run and call to his hearts content. Eventually he has no other choice but to stop and settle down. The reason this is such a problem is because he doesn't settle down before his friends come back. Then his friends come back and he gets rewarded for carrying on. Then the next time he leaves he's only going to carry on more.
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