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  1. #1
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    Default Seperation Anxiety

    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.

    Thoughts? Suggestions?



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    My OTTB is the king of separation anxiety .

    The long answer is desensitization. It takes time and patience but it works.

    The short answer is that calming drugs (such as Ace) can help you get there.

    I wrote about this on my blog recently and there were some good comments from readers and a number of different strategies on how to deal with the problem.

    Dealing with Separation Anxiety
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    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.
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