Lonely Horse?

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health

Lonely Horse?

This is a discussion on Lonely Horse? within the Horse Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category

LinkBack Thread Tools
    03-31-2011, 05:03 PM
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 don't 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.
Sponsored Links
    03-31-2011, 05:04 PM
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.
    03-31-2011, 08:05 PM
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
    03-31-2011, 10:41 PM
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.
    04-01-2011, 12:19 AM
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.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

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

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Lonely after vacation with my SO. riccil0ve General Off Topic Discussion 7 09-15-2010 03:54 PM
Lonely Horse Hrsegirl Horse Health 5 09-11-2010 02:38 PM
Lonely horse Piaffe Horse Health 2 04-04-2010 09:07 PM
lonely horse HaflingerCowGirl Horse Health 13 08-09-2008 10:50 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:43 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0