Sugar’s Separation Anxiety

After a very stressful week of work, I wanted nothing more than to enjoy an afternoon out on the trail with Kobi.  Les didn’t really have time to go with us, so I tasked him with keeping an eye on Sugar while we were gone.  I knew she panics and screams when I just take Kobi out front to work him, so I figured she’d do the same thing if I took Kobi in the woods.

I had no idea just how psychotic she would get.  We even let her graze in ‘the forbidden zone’ of grass in the back yard – hoping that would distract her.  No such luck.  As soon as Kobi and I went out the back gate, she started screaming like some prehistoric pterodactyl.

We heard her scream the entire time we were gone – about 15 minutes.  When we got back on the property, Les said we have to do something about this or NEVER take Kobi away from her again.  Sugar did laps around the backyard and it he had a difficult time catching her to put her in her stall.  He briefly considered letting her in the front pasture, but was concerned at what she would do to the pasture and herself.

With all that said, I can find TONS of articles on how to help the ‘herd bound’ horse that doesn’t want to leave their pasture mates, but very few (only 1 actually) on what to do with the horse left behind.  I don’t have any issues with Kobi leaving the property by himself, but with Sugar who is left behind.

I need suggestions…anyone have anything that they’ve read or have worked for them?  Please share!

About Heather Hamel

Growing up with horses is a little girls dream come true. Heather’s dream in life was to be a horse trainer - how dreams change - sort of! She moved to the wonderfully historic town of St. Augustine, Florida and was a historic tour guide and a ghost story teller while putting herself through college to become a special education teacher. After graduating, she felt the pull of horses in her life again. That's when she met Kobi! She learned quickly that when you own horses you become a part time vet, part time nutritionist, and full time equestrian. She wouldn't change a thing! In addition to being completely obsessed with her herd, she still teaches and tutors students with learning disabilities, and more specifically, dyslexia.
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1 Response to Sugar’s Separation Anxiety

  1. Mom says:

    If you bred her, shed have her baby to keep her company! Just a suggestion! Mom

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