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  • Will a radio keep my horse from getting lonely
  • How do you calm a lonely horse

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    08-06-2008, 11:29 AM
lonely horse

Hey all, I just sold two of my horses since i'm moving and my haflinger is a tad lonely. She stayed up all night neighing the night before last and she was really warm to the touch and it wasn't hot outside at all. I hosed her off and set up a radio for her last night. She seemed to do better but i'm still a bit worried. Any suggestions? If all else fails i'm going to borrow a friends goat or something but I was hoping she would get used to being alone. I've also been spending more time with her. So that helps a bit.
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    08-06-2008, 02:49 PM
Keep a radio on for her at night, but make sure it's either a talk show (boring as it sounds) or soft gentle music....no rock or pop or rap.

There's a cd that you can get that actually has horses in it...Robert Vavra's Horses of the Wind.
It may calm her down
http://www.equivision.net/music/page2.html here are some samples of the cd.
    08-06-2008, 03:16 PM
Green Broke
I say get the goat

At least it can talk back to her
    08-06-2008, 04:14 PM
Most horses are fine without another animal once they get used to it. If the music works just keep with that... I'm not a fan of goats... they make too much of a mess and get into everything!
    08-06-2008, 04:24 PM
Personally I don't like my horses being alone bc i've found that all of them end up getting some kind of attitude, besides they're a herd animal so it's only right for them to have some kind of friend.

I would get the goat.
    08-06-2008, 04:50 PM
Green Broke
Definitely get a goat! There so cute!
    08-06-2008, 06:00 PM
There are other animals you can get besides a goat. But don't go to a breeder to get one, I'd suggest getting one at a local rescue. Not one that needs a lot of work, but just one that can be a great companion. :)
    08-06-2008, 06:00 PM
I say get the goat but be prepared. Goats are escape artists and laugh at most types of fences :P Hopefully it won't teach your horse any bad habits
    08-06-2008, 06:05 PM
I would say, go with whatever your horse is most comfortable with :) (easier said than done, I know)

Is there a possibility you could have another horses there temp ( a friends horse or something)

When you move, is she going to have other horses again?
    08-06-2008, 06:30 PM
Lonely Horse

I would suggest you get a jenny (female mule) or a mini Donkey,
They are loyal and very protective of there pasture mate's.
We had a goat one time that chewed one of the horses tails off, I was so mad. They are very cheap. Often you can find them for free in your local paper, we get them around here for 100.00 bucks or so .goat's are a lot of trouble if you don't have hog or chicken wire up. Good luck.

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