How do you guys deal with seperation anxiety? I have two at home and the mare just goes bonkers when I take the gelding away to groom/ride. She paces and gets herself lathered and sore. I wasn't riding as much before, only 1-2 wk but now I'm riding every day. Should I let her self-soothe?
I'm THIS close to getting them a 3rd wheel (a mini companion or something), but I'd rather not have another mouth to feed.
I give my guy two 25 mg tabs of ace 1 hr before riding his stablemate. Then I leave him with a big pile of tasty alfalfa. He may call a bit but he doesn't run around insanely like he would otherwise. I have taken him down to 1 tab of ace and he does ok. But I recently tried to take the other horse and not drug him and that did not work.
Hopefully someday I can wean him completely off the ace, but he's only been here about 7 months, and I only take the other horse out a couple of times a week.