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post #1 of 3 Old 08-07-2011, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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Question Safe to add sheep, goats, alpacas and/or burros to the mix?

I am hoping to have a single pasture horse property. I read that in nature different herd species thrive well together because they eat and kills the parasites that a different species sheds.

I'd love to have a donkey or a couple alpacas. Would it be safe to keep them in the same pasture as a horse or two? Assuming of course they would get along. How about a horse along with a couple sheep or goats? Something to keep my horse company but that is low maintance.

Anyone do this?

BTW, I was out for a run recently and saw a black and which sheep dog playing with a black and which donkey. Cutest sight ever. A horse was graxing in the field as well (too bad not B&W as well but still a lovely sight). I'd love to have that on my own property!
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post #2 of 3 Old 08-07-2011, 02:27 PM
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Growing up, my horse always ran with our cows. The farm that I am getting my mini donkey from, their donkeys go in with their mini ponies. I don't think it would be a problem

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post #3 of 3 Old 08-07-2011, 02:52 PM
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At one time we had 3 horses a donkey and a goat all on out pasture. Sadly the goat passed away a few months ago(she was old). The all got along fine, although my appy liked to chase the goat at times and tries to bully the donkey lol donkey can hold his own tho
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