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    10-01-2012, 01:47 AM
  #1
Foal
Depression.

I've been looking at a lot of different horses in the past few weeks because I want to make the right decison. There is this perfect horse except one thing : he gets lonely. If I wanted to get him, what would be the solution to make sure he doesn't get depressed? Getting 2 horses is not an option so, any suggestions?
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    10-01-2012, 01:57 AM
  #2
Started
Where will you be keeping him? Could you get him a goat companion?
     
    10-01-2012, 02:04 AM
  #3
Foal
If I get him, I will be keeping him outside until the weather gets yucky, thenbhe will be stalled. I cannot get him a goat because my father does not allow goats on his property.
     
    10-01-2012, 10:50 AM
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Trained
If you can't get a goat or another horse, what about a small pony?

He may not be the horse for you because of the situation. If he gets lonely, he's going to need a buddy. If you can't provide him a buddy then it's not fair to him to take him on.
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    10-01-2012, 11:18 AM
  #5
Banned
Horses are herd animals. Even the most ornery, horse-hating horses need a companion or two.

I wouldn't even consider trying to keep a herd animal by itself.
     
    10-01-2012, 12:07 PM
  #6
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I have 2 horses that would live on their own - not saying its ideal but they wouldn't get upset by it and both did live on their own before I had them - the one thought she was a dog I think - not great and I do think they live rather unnatural lives, no different to a person forced to live in total isolation.
I also have a couple of horses that no way would live on their own - its not just a 'feeling lonely' thing - they would get terribly stressed and difficult to deal with even though they trailer and ride out alone they need a field buddy to be settled
If you can't persuade your father to allow you to have a small pony or even a goat as a companion I think you should walk away from the idea of keeping a horse at all
Sorry to sound so blunt about this. Its just the way I feel about the situation, I'm sure others will disagree.
     
    10-01-2012, 12:15 PM
  #7
Trained
If this horse is distressed by being alone and you cannot provide him a companion, then I guess you haven't found a horse that will fit into your situation. There are some horses that are not bothered by being alone, but unfortunately, not that many.
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    10-01-2012, 12:16 PM
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Trained
I have kept a horse on his own and he seemed to be fine, then we got him an old retired guy as a companion, but every time I rode my guy out the companion would start screaming and my guy would yell back and then he started getting buddy sour.

I don't know how my guy would have done long term on his own, but I was happier when it was just him and me, adding another horse was great when they were just hanging out, but a real PITA otherwise.
     
    10-01-2012, 12:24 PM
  #9
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Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
I have kept a horse on his own and he seemed to be fine, then we got him an old retired guy as a companion, but every time I rode my guy out the companion would start screaming and my guy would yell back and then he started getting buddy sour.

I don't know how my guy would have done long term on his own, but I was happier when it was just him and me, adding another horse was great when they were just hanging out, but a real PITA otherwise.
Its why when people talk about getting a companion for a riding horse I stress the importance of getting one that will settle happily on its own when you leave it - otherwise you end up in the situation where you need a companion for the companion!!!
     
    10-01-2012, 03:47 PM
  #10
Weanling
Alpacas are quiet and usually friendly, and they don't need bomber fencing like a goat, and I have yet to hear one make any noise. I did read an article somewhere that horses that are kept alone are often more sleep deprived and live shorter lives. I think it was on "The Horse" website. I'll have to find it. I would consider an alpaca over a sheep or a mini donkey/horse/mule because of the soft feet, less feed, and no noise (we had a mini horse that neighed ALL the time when we rode off), but I think Alpacas can be expensive to buy. I've never priced one because we have 2 horses.
     

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