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        06-11-2013, 06:56 AM
      #11
    Yearling
    My horse is kept alone, and he does show signs of missing the company of other horses when he sees them whilst we are out riding. However, he does have almost constant view of a pony that lives next door, and is often put into the paddock next to the pony for a few hours a day - yet he and the pony never have anything to do with each other! I would prefer him to have a friend, but as I agist him it isn't really plausible. He does have the company of a mob of cattle in the next paddock who often hang at the fence with him, though it isn't the same.

    Keeping horses alone isn't optimal, but if you need to do it, don't feel too bad. Just keep an eye on how your horse reacts though, as some fret terribly.
         
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        06-11-2013, 07:16 AM
      #12
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    Green Broke
    I tried keeping a horse alone. I had a mini I just got this spring and since I was scared to put her in with the large horses I figured just interacting through the fence and being able to see them would be okay since they share a fence line. She acted downright depressed. I'm sure she could survive if I made her, but she is not happy.

    Needless to say I have already bought a 2nd mini that is going through a little rehab right now and I can not wait until they are finally introduced.

    Now some horses prefer to be by themselves. I had one that I ended up putting in a home by himself because he was aggressive to the others and spent a good majority of his time off by himself. He adjusted very well to a single-horse home. But unless you have one of these rare horses, I think its a bit selfish to get a horse and expect it to stay completely alone with no companionship.
         
        06-11-2013, 11:40 AM
      #13
    Green Broke
    I kept a horse alone for YEARS. He was fine. He got a lot of attention and really ended up very connected to me (I became his herd.. sort of).

    I have had other horses alone.

    Do they prefer to have more horses around? Yes. Horses are expensive critters as is the land to keep them on. Sometimes one horse is the option. They get used to it. You do need to pay attention to a single horse... but you do that anyway. I rode my horse every day and fed him 2X a day and groomed him daily. He was fine.
         
        06-11-2013, 11:52 AM
      #14
    Showing
    OP, is buying a miniature as a companion an option for you? You'll probably need to keep a grazing muzzle on him if you decide to go that route, as miniatures are prone to founder.
         

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