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    04-28-2012, 11:49 AM
  #51
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Originally Posted by Saranda    
Oh, stop the "faded little foal in the field" talk, it is just so wrong in so many ways! Foals do not fade away and die in fields! For example, does this look fading away to you?

http://content23-foto.inbox.lv/album...pikardija3.jpg

This gal' hasn't seen a stable in her life!
BTW, if did not say fade and die.

The sun is hard on their hair coats.
     
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    04-28-2012, 11:50 AM
  #52
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She was not born to be a champion by someones standarts. She was born to be loved and to find the best home possible, with an owner that will respect her needs above all. She moved to such home a week ago. Besides - you rate a fillies conformation by a front shot in gallop?

Ok, sorry, I misunderstood how you meant the fading part.
It is still wrong to keep a horse confined away from his natural needs just to keep its' coat within humane standards of "pretty". But I understand, we come from different worlds.
     
    04-28-2012, 11:51 AM
  #53
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Originally Posted by Saranda    
She was not born to be a champion by someones standarts. She was born to be loved and to find the best home possible, with an owner that will respect her needs above all. She moved to such home a week ago. Besides - you rate a fillies conformation by a front shot in gallop?
That was the shot I was offered.
     
    04-28-2012, 11:54 AM
  #54
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It was just a shot to show a healthy, happy horse, not for conformation rating.
     
    04-28-2012, 11:55 AM
  #55
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It was just a shot to show a healthy, happy horse, not for conformation rating.
In am sure her is happy and healthy.
     
    04-28-2012, 09:37 PM
  #56
Weanling
One of our neighbors has show horses, a lot of them black, and they wear 'sheets' which look like body suits when they turn out to keep them from fading, so you don't NEED to keep a horse in stall forever to have their coat bright. They all have hoods and everything and come in crazy colors. My daughter loves them and wants them for our horses, but we don't have any reason for them.

But I DO think horses need a companion, and I don't think it NEEDS to be an equine, but it sure helps. We have another neighbor to our south that has a horse with a goat. I know the goat is very attached because when they take the horse somewhere and leave the goat, he bleats and bleats and bleats like there is NO TOMORROW. Bleating. Loudly. There is no shutting up that goat! Many times he has ended up in our pasture, which is not good at all because my gelding tries to stomp his lights out. And the goat keeps running for the horses ... the goat has some serious separation issues. I usually keep him in a stall if he gets to our farm and wait for them to come pick him up. I've walked him down there, but he just comes back if the horse is gone. I should probably suggest to them another goat ...

So maybe OP you should not get a goat or an animal that makes a terrible noise when they are left alone unless you live in the middle of nowhere! Maybe a Burro would be good? A friend of mine has a few in Colorado, and they handle the winter pretty well. She also has some Yaks, but they are skittish with horns and I don't recommend them. But they are awesome in the snow, wind and cold.

Let us know what you get!
     
    04-29-2012, 01:02 AM
  #57
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Originally Posted by 2SCHorses    
One of our neighbors has show horses, a lot of them black, and they wear 'sheets' which look like body suits when they turn out to keep them from fading, so you don't NEED to keep a horse in stall forever to have their coat bright. They all have hoods and everything and come in crazy colors. My daughter loves them and wants them for our horses, but we don't have any reason for them.

But I DO think horses need a companion, and I don't think it NEEDS to be an equine, but it sure helps. We have another neighbor to our south that has a horse with a goat. I know the goat is very attached because when they take the horse somewhere and leave the goat, he bleats and bleats and bleats like there is NO TOMORROW. Bleating. Loudly. There is no shutting up that goat! Many times he has ended up in our pasture, which is not good at all because my gelding tries to stomp his lights out. And the goat keeps running for the horses ... the goat has some serious separation issues. I usually keep him in a stall if he gets to our farm and wait for them to come pick him up. I've walked him down there, but he just comes back if the horse is gone. I should probably suggest to them another goat ...

So maybe OP you should not get a goat or an animal that makes a terrible noise when they are left alone unless you live in the middle of nowhere! Maybe a Burro would be good? A friend of mine has a few in Colorado, and they handle the winter pretty well. She also has some Yaks, but they are skittish with horns and I don't recommend them. But they are awesome in the snow, wind and cold.

Let us know what you get!
Oh, I turned my horses out for exercise. Just not to live in a big pasture.

In the hot summer they went out early in the morning or, later in the evening.
     
    04-30-2012, 04:06 PM
  #58
Foal
Yeah, I have been thinking of getting a companion for Hondo too. He just stands at the gate staring out most of the time. He seems. . . . Bored. I don't think I have the facilities for another horse though. I have heard lambs are good, but I don't know how to go about introducing a lamb to a horse :) I am thinking of getting a couple and just keeping them seperated by fence for a while at least. My neighbor has goats next to his horse and his horse doesn't seem as lonely as Hondo.
I am also trying to save some money to make Hondo's permanent corral next to my neighbor's horse so that they can see and touch through the fence. I dunno, I just get sad seeing him looking lonely :(
     
    04-30-2012, 04:11 PM
  #59
Green Broke
FTR I am not anti-show or anything of the sort. The OP was asking about the needs of their horse for companionship. The fact is that yes, show horses are often kept the way they are kept for reasons I do understand.......those reasons are, though about the needs of the human(s) to have the horse blemish/injury free and not about what the horse wants or needs.
     
    05-02-2012, 07:23 PM
  #60
Weanling
Hi Everyone just an update. I found a mini and got him as a companion for my horse last fall. The mini was adorable but very naughty . I tried for several months to keep him in the fence but was unsuccessful. This little guy sure loved to explore. On top of that he was very hard to catch and made my already shy and nervous horse even more so. After a neighbour threatened to sue me if the mini stepped one hoof on his property again I decided he had to go. When I thought about it I realized that the vet costs, farrier, and equine dentistry charges were the same no matter the size of the horse so I decided to buy a full size horse. I bought an older appaloosa and he is the best decision I have ever made. My morgan has become friendlier and calmed down a lot. He is not nearly as flighty and afraid of new things as he was. The appy has really taught him to relax it seems and we are all much happier now. The mini is loving his new place, it is in the middle of nowhere (no complaining neighbours) and he has a small herd of other minis for company so it all worked out ok.
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