I was wrong about Pearl not caring about the separation from Ruby. She didn’t show any anxiety in the pasture. However, I rode Pearl yesterday. I saddled up Pearl pretty close to where I’ve been keeping Ruby, and Pearl showed the same kind of anxiety that Ruby had displayed. The anxiety was not nearly as intense and violent, but the same kind of behavior stepped down a notch or two. She is irritated when we’re going away from Ruby and pushy when we were going toward her.
I have never tried to resolve separation anxiety before so I am not sure what to expect. I’m not even sure if it can be solved with the two horses on the same farm. So far my only plan is to keep them separated and hope they get used to it. Ruby isn’t quite as demonstrative about anxiety as she was at first and Pearl did not show anxiety until we were in close proximity to Ruby and then our training difficulties arose. She kept trying to get close to Ruby and was irritated by my insistence to stay with the lesson.
My training problems grew worse after the separation for both horses. I’m confident that my diagnosis is correct. Now the challenge is to see if my prescription for healing works over time.