Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
I don't like keeping horses alone. A few will do OK but most do not. The horse is a social, herd animal and when we deny him a friend it is not doing him justice.
IMO a person can not spend the time necessary to be his companion. A herd bound horse can just as easily be a barn sour horse - with or without a companion - which is his reluctance to leave his stall or pasture when you try to ride him away from it or how he picks up his pace when on the way home - some become a downright handful. That is a matter of training.
Ideally a horse will have a companion but has no trouble riding away and not prancing on the way back. When riding with a group and you want to go right while the rest go left, he doesn't fight you. That is a well disciplined horse who knows his job and is a joy to ride.
So, to sum it up, I would say "yes" he needs a companion - but even a goat works, it doesn't have to be another horse.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
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