I lease my gelding Alexie and I take care of another horse for Lexies owner, A TB named Dexter. They are very attached to each other and call frantically when they aren't within sight. I thought the attachment issues would go away once they settled in at the new barn, but it's been 2 months, with no changes. Lexie has calmed down and is ok as long as I'm next to him he doesn't show much anxiety about it, but Dexter neighs and runs frantically as soon as Lex goes anywhere. Lexie did practically raise him, but it makes working with either horse more difficult. It's more stress for both of them too. I appreciate the fact they're friends within the herd but it's not always easy to accomodate their needs to always be within 10 feet of each other.... The girl who rides Dexter says Lexie is more attached to Dexter than Dexter is to Lexie, but it seems the opposite when I'm with Lexie. So possibly a leadership factor in there too.
Does any one have any creative ideas for helping either horse cope without the other? Thanks.