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        08-18-2013, 05:13 PM
    The only equine at home.

    Cut a long story short, I have recently visited a horse that is looking for
    A new home and to my slight surprise soon realised the horse was kept alone with no other equines in view.
    The owners are very pleasent and the horse calm/quiet/ looking well and all the nice things you wish to see at first sight.
    He is a gelding standing at 17h, so big boy,.Also I was wondering where the paddock/field was??, but it was just a small garden on the edge of a built up typical French village, the owner explained and showed me the paddock during the ride, which had not been used for ages! He said just now, there are apple trees that the horse would just eat to many of and get colic.
    So ok, now I am confused, I am guessing he has not been turned out then for a while! Eeek, well if that's the case the horse was impeccable, bearing in mind also that is ridden very well by the owner on a daily basis which is just as well.
    He has a big box which he is stabled, with a cosy straw bed,.
    Before all this I was not really looking to have a horse just yet, it was my husbands daughter who knows this person 2nd hand.
    We have had horses before but stabled in a block with others, we moved 3yrs ago and I now would really be looking to keep a minimal of animals and because the horse is used to being kept in this way and seems happy with it, I am considering having him, we have a huuuge box, and I mean huge, right near to the house, so he would see all the comings and goings of everyone including dogs/cats, we do have donkeys, which he may only just be able to see in a paddock nearby, so with all that I am guessing he will settle in well.
    I was going to fence a paddock for him quite close, so he does not feel alienated from us, he will not be going in with the donkeys, but be able to see them a little.
    The current owner has visited here and has said the set up is good and cannot forsee any problems.
    My worst nightmear would be that he dislikes the box and busts out of the fenced paddock to get in with the donkeys and gets tangled up in the process!!! 17h of I have got the hump is not funny!!
    I have read a previous thread on this, but I cannot find it, so I posted this one, I have read about keeping horses alone, and at least have some peace of mind so far.....
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        09-15-2013, 04:34 AM
    Sadly, when my mares last paddock mate died she had to live alone for several months. While it was not an ideal situation, like the horse in your story she remained relaxed and happy. I think people should go to every effort to find companionship for their horses but if it doesn't work out then well, it doesn't work out.

    If the worst thing a horse ever has to suffer through is living with a bunch of donkeys, then its a lucky horse.

    (BTW: My mare has a paddock mate now which is great. )

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