I'm thinking of getting a pasture buddy for my mare. I absolutely don't want another horse again. I might consider just the right pony, but I'm not much of a fan of those creatures. I've only met a handful in my life that I've liked. I'm not doing goats again -- been there, done that. Fencing is too much of a nightmare here for that. Same goes for deer.
All else I can think of are donkeys, mules and llamas. I have some experience with donkeys, very limited however. Mules I think are probably too smart to be pasture ornaments, besides they are pricier to buy. I know nothing about llamas, except that the one in the zoo spit in my girlfriend's face
How hard on a pasture is a llama? How much do they eat? How often do they need to be shorn? (Northern Ontario, but summer days are commonly over 25 degrees celcius; over 30 is rarer) If I meet a llama how do I know that it's nice -- ie. I can judge a horse by leading it, feeling it, picking up its feet, riding it -- same expectations for a llama according to the training the owner says it has?
Pros / cons of each? Response to an electric fence? The donkey we had when I was a kid was behind wooden fencing. Here it's electric only.
Thanks for any input.