Toby and Ollie have become extremely close since they have moved to two different barns and to a new state in the past 6 months. They are always together in the field. They are constantly looking out for each other and they NEVER are out of eyesight from each other.
When I go out to the barn, I have to bring in both or the one left behind becomes a little frantic and runs the fence line.
The other day, I went out to take care of Toby's cut on his back right leg (which is healing up nicely!). The whole gang of 7 horses were near the gate when I fetched Toby. I brought him in and left Ollie out to hang with the other horses. I thought he'd be ok with all the others nearby. And when I went to check on him he was still by the gate but so was everyone else. He seemed ok.
A little while later, when I was cleaning up Toby's wound, the barn owner came out to feed hay to everyone in the field. He drove his golf cart full of hay way over to the other side of the field. When the cart went out, all the horses followed it as if it was the pied piper. That is, everyone but Ollie. Ollie stood at the gate and waited. And waited. And waited. I had no idea he was hanging out there. Not until I brought out Toby and Ollie greeted him with a hearty nicker. I felt so badly for him! Ollie turned down food to wait for his best friend. Now that's loyalty!
So how did Toby react? Ollie greeted him with a playful nip to the neck and Toby bit back. Ah! Best Friends Forever!
I'm hopeful that his trait of loyalty will help with our training once we can get back into it (too icy right now). Soon! Hopefully soon!