My horse is suddenly faced with being a single horse after 14 years of living with 1 or 2 other equines, and I am faced with the dilemma of what type of companion animal to get for her. Another horse is not an option right now, so I am really considering either a goat or a mini donkey. The problem is that I know next to nothing about goats! I hear that they are great companions, but can anyone verify this?
What type of routine care and maintenance do goats require? One of my pastures is fenced completely with electric tape fencing - will a goat respect that? I assume goats need their hooves trimmed - how often? Do goats need vaccines, etc? Any pros/cons of a male goat vs. a female goat?
Will the goat actually hang out with a horse? Are there specific goat breeds that are more beginner friendly?
Any advice is appreciated!