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post #1 of 5 Old 03-31-2011, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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Question Lonely Horse?

I bought my horse almost two months ago from a stable where he was boarded up at night and turned into a small muddy area with about 10 other horses during the day. It was a trail riding place and they just got him last october but out of the ones offered he was the best match. Anyway, his area at our family's farm is his own walk in barn that is open to an area about 1/4 an acre. I dont live at the farm so I turn him out 5-6 days per week in an open 10 acre field where he can graze for about 6-10 hrs a day before I bring him back in. There are 3 horses the next farm over, with horse panel seperating the two fields (their farm and the 10 acre one he turns out in). He can see the horses from his pen & barn area and occasionally will go over to say hello to them when grazing in the 10 acre field but is mostly concerned about grazing. He didn't have any grazing areas at his last home. My question is, do you think he is really lonely? I plan on getting another horse this year but I don't want him to be depressed in the meantime. Thanks!

Also- he is 7 years and a gelding, western trail horse. I ride about 2 days per week.
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post #2 of 5 Old 03-31-2011, 04:04 PM
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Horses are herd animals, so of course do better with others of their own kind instead of alone.

Sounds like as long as he can see the neighbor's horses, he'll be okay until you can bring another one home.

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post #3 of 5 Old 03-31-2011, 07:05 PM
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Blue was the only horse for about 4 years, but he had a donkey and goat companion, maybe you could get him a goat to keep him company in his pasture? you can usually find one for free and they are cheap to feed and easy to care for, we had out goat for about 10 years(she was already an adult when we got her) we had to put her down a few months ago, but they made great company for Blue, he seemed very happy to have them
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Thanks for the advice, I've thought about a goat or getting a "retired" horse that can be a companion since I don't have much time to ride Mixer as it is.
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post #5 of 5 Old 03-31-2011, 11:19 PM
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My horse is in a field alone, but he can see the neighbors horses, as long as they can see them they are ok. Obviously they would rather be with another horse, but seeing one is ok.
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