I do think My Boy has become needy in the past few days. He stands by the gate more often now. He looks at me earnestly every time I walk out of the house, and to the fence. I was out scooping poop today and he was following me around. Not like he really wants me to rub him (if I turn my back to him he will sniff and "love" on me in his own way.)
It's like he's wondering if I am going to bring Loretta back.
I feel bad for him. Sure, he has a variety of horses next door, but he can't physically visit with them over the fence. I know horses do get attached to their herd mates. I was happy that after flying solo for about 4 years, he was finally able to have a buddy to "horse around" with while in the pasture.
I'm not going to give up hope that he'll have another buddy again some day.........