keeping horse alone? - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 14 Old 06-10-2013, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: USA
Posts: 22
• Horses: 1
keeping horse alone?

Is it not dry thoughtful to keep a horse by itself? My pasture doesn't have enough grass, so I want to move one horse. Would the horse alone be terrified? I would see her every day with an hour or more of hanging out with her. Should I buy hay instead? Opinions?

Sorry for putting this under horse Heath, I thought it had mostly to do with mental health! :)
Posted via Mobile Device
hickly is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 14 Old 06-10-2013, 11:29 PM
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Kansas
Posts: 1,567
• Horses: 7
It really depends on the horse. Will she be able to see other horses? Will there be other animals there?
Posted via Mobile Device
aforred is offline  
post #3 of 14 Old 06-10-2013, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: USA
Posts: 22
• Horses: 1
There are no neighbors with horses, sadly. Though the mare herself is very independent. It is an option to bring all 3 of my horses, but it would be a lot easier to bring one!
Posted via Mobile Device
hickly is offline  
post #4 of 14 Old 06-10-2013, 11:48 PM
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ohio
Posts: 10,441
• Horses: 0
I would never have a horse by himself. Horses are herd animals and thrive on companionship.
Posted via Mobile Device
Speed Racer, Clava and natisha like this.
equiniphile is offline  
post #5 of 14 Old 06-11-2013, 01:14 AM
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Edmonton, AB
Posts: 954
• Horses: 1
Originally Posted by equiniphile View Post
I would never have a horse by himself. Horses are herd animals and thrive on companionship.
Posted via Mobile Device
agreed. i would feel bad having a horse all by their lonesome, since they are a herd animal.
EdmontonHorseGal is offline  
post #6 of 14 Old 06-11-2013, 01:30 AM
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Posts: 139
• Horses: 0
I have had my horse alone multiple times. He did seem lonely! Even with me out constantly and having my dogs run right beside him, he was still lonely. Once he got his buddy he was a tad rough with him at first and didnt fully accept him off the bat but they became very close friends. When his pasture mates were first taken away he was very upset for the first couple days but settled after a while. It can be a big shock on them. Dont be surprised if her attitude changes completely and if she drops a bit of weight if you do decide to move her buddy.

Personally, I would buy hay
FlipFlopTipTop is offline  
post #7 of 14 Old 06-11-2013, 01:38 AM
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Riga, Latvia
Posts: 5,652
• Horses: 1
You cannot predict how she will act when left alone. It is very possible that she will be in huge distress and/or try to escape the pastures to seek for her herd. Besides, horses who live alone can be subjects to serious sleep deprivation, as they don't get the chance for deep sleep while other herd members are looking over them.

I have come a long way, to surrender my shadow to the shadow of my horse.
/James Wright/
Saranda is offline  
post #8 of 14 Old 06-11-2013, 02:54 AM
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 430
• Horses: 0
I think the only thing you can do it test it out - see if his behavour changes or whether he adapts well to it.

Keep in mind, like everyone has said horses generally don't like being by themselves, especially if they are in a herd environment now.

Horses lend us the wings we lack;

Becca93 is offline  
post #9 of 14 Old 06-11-2013, 04:47 AM
Green Broke
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: UK
Posts: 3,411
• Horses: 1
I wouldn't keep a horse alone, I would get a companion.
Clava is offline  
post #10 of 14 Old 06-11-2013, 05:07 AM
Green Broke
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Valley of the Sun
Posts: 2,945
• Horses: 3
It's not an ideal situation to keep a horse alone. I would avoid doing it if you can.

So in lies the madness, the pursuit of the impossible in the face of the complete assurance that you will fail, and yet still you chase.
flytobecat is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Keeping a Horse Clean animallove Horse Grooming 13 02-15-2013 02:47 PM
Keeping a horse going Cane Toad Horse Training 8 01-31-2013 09:38 AM
tell me about keeping your horse on your own property catsandhorses Barn Maintenance 20 08-30-2011 03:20 PM
Cost of Keeping a Horse Clementine Barn Maintenance 19 11-07-2009 03:30 PM
Keeping a horse on its own????? llangybis_cowgurl Horse Health 4 03-19-2007 08:20 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome