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post #1 of 11 Old 11-15-2013, 02:20 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Keeping my horse alone during the winter.. Help?

Im totally new to this site and don't exactly know what i'm doing . Buuut , I have a problem . I'm moving my horse closer to home on a family friends property but we're worried about her being alone during the winter because of bears and other animals ... Will she be fine ? Is there anything I can do to make things safer for her there ... ?
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post #2 of 11 Old 11-15-2013, 04:33 AM
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If a horse has been living with other horses, moving to live alone might be very stressful for her. Some horses react very badly to it - so it's not the bears that get them. It's their instincts and mind, and it can affect them physically, not only psychologically. As for wildlife, a really good fencing and a good hot wire should sort the problem, but is there any way you could get your horse a companion? A pony, a donkey, even a goat would do, although an equine is preferred.

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post #3 of 11 Old 11-15-2013, 08:31 AM
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Welcome to HF.

I agree with Saranda on the fencing recommendations.

Our boy is alone on our small farm, but there are horses on properties adjacent to ours that he can see so he adapted just fine when we moved here.
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My horses have always had at least one pasture mate, but they coudl be seperated from each other if they needed to, so I guess it depends on how your horse is like if you are moving him away from others, like what they said above.

Also, depending on if he was with others, may also have an effect with him being alone. If he was in a pasture with lots of horses, it may get soem getting used to. But if he was only with a few I think it shouldn't be too bad and he will be OK.

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post #5 of 11 Old 11-15-2013, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks ! She's currently with two other horses . She isn't herd bound at all , would that help with the transition ? I could probably get a companion for her if needed . Where she is now they have alpacas , goats , sheep , and a donkey and she absolutely lovveess them ! Would even a goat work seeing as she's with a few right now ?
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post #6 of 11 Old 11-15-2013, 03:19 PM
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A goat might work, but, if possible, get her an equine friend. I really advise that you get her at least some sort of a companion - horses, even if not herdbound, are herd animals and are much more comfortable with friends around. ;)

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Okay I'll try :) Another thing , I don't know if there's really a difference but whats better ; feeding a few flakes of hay a couple times a day (She'd be getting about 5-7 flakes a day, is that enough?) or getting one of those slow feeders where you just keep hay in there ?
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Goats definitely work.
My mare lives with a pair of goats and they fufill her needs just fine, better actually - in my opinion [she has vision issues and often gets picked on by other horses. Around other horses she's quite nervous/stressed, even if she somehow manages to be the dominant one, but she's totally laid back and relaxed around her goats].

Of course, like Saranda is saying, another horse is 'ideal'...but goats are 100% better than nothing.

ETA- I like having hay in a slow feeder [I use a slow feed hay net and fill it once a day]. Horses are meant to graze constantly so having hay out all day is perfect for their digestive systems.

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You are transferring her from a social environment to solitary confinement. Horses rely on one another to feel safe. I am feeding two for that very reason.
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post #10 of 11 Old 11-15-2013, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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Well I'm not sure how soon I can get another horse as purchasing a horse is a big commitment .. I'm thinking either a goat or donkey until I can manage to get her an equine friend :) I'll do the slow feeder ! Thanks
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