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post #11 of 33 Old 10-30-2008, 05:58 AM
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Yeah, horses are social animals...& need company. :) It doesn't always have to be another horse exactly, but it could be a dog, goat, donkey, etc. Some horses really need company & will develop behavioral problems (or get depressed like TVP said) if they don't have company.

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post #12 of 33 Old 10-30-2008, 10:21 AM
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As my Grandfather has gotten to be... Well 91 this year... GO Gramps!!!

Anyways, My Grandfather had horses... Slowly they have died off on him. Cocoa has been alone for the last 15-18 years...He was the last baby of the horses that he once had. Seems to me Cocoa was about 4 when his momma died and has been alone ever since...with the exception of a few head of cattle in the first 5 years but definately alone for the last 10 years. He's been fine. If it's only for a little while I'd say it would be OK.

Of course horses like to have a buddy...but they can do without.

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post #13 of 33 Old 10-30-2008, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for all your replies. I did see someone mention a dog or radio works okay. We do have dogs and "barn" cats. Boarding around me is EXPENSIVE. I guess with all the hay/weather issues and everything going up in price...Also, the person giving me the horse said if it for some reason it became a problem, they would take it back...But I highly doubt that would happen. (The horse's owners live two doors down from us, and have three horses).
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post #14 of 33 Old 10-31-2008, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I talked to Mom and Dad and they agreed we could get a goat...AND WE CAN GET THE HORSE!!! So, my dad and I are going to start building, and in about two months, we can have her here with us.
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post #15 of 33 Old 11-01-2008, 12:22 AM
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That's awesome!

make sure all your fences are secure (Maybe put chicken wire on the lower half of the fence, so the goat can't get out.

A friend of mine is actually trying to find homes for a male and female goat (they're around horses) the female is really sweet.
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post #16 of 33 Old 11-01-2008, 12:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Meg View Post
(I hope it's in the right forum)

I was told that for the mental health of the horse, you need to have at least one other horse with it, OR a sheep or goat. I know several people who only have one horse and they are fine. We want to start out with ONE horse at first, this is our first time owning a horse. So, we don't want to jump into anything "big", you know what I mean?

All advice is welcome and appreciated!
One horse will work, but only if it's a horse that is okay with being alone. There are some horses that just need a buddy. You need to ask about that when looking.

I would also work closely with your instructor/trainer to help you find a suitable horse. It's VERY easy to wind up with a lot more horse than you can handle, even if it's sweet and calm when you first meet him...
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post #17 of 33 Old 11-01-2008, 01:07 AM
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just a note on the chicken rots , we never used it when we had chickens...we use reg or goat there a reason for this horse being "given away"?, and are you "prepared" for bring a horse on to your property being a first time horse owner?, check's, ferriers.........i have 2 horses at home right now...there are some days where i wish i could board and let the bo do the hard stuff.....what kind of ridding lessons have you had?...just stuff in genral...we all have to start from the ground up some there still a hay problem up north?, how many acres will this horse have to raom in?, i find if a horse has a small pasture it will wine more left with out a nother horse....

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post #18 of 33 Old 11-01-2008, 01:38 AM
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I have always been told they need a companion of some sort.

be like putting yourself in isolation. Nobody to interact with or talk to.

I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within. Douglas MacArthur
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post #19 of 33 Old 11-01-2008, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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My neighbor wants to give her to me, but she is not selling her. She said that if for some reason it never works out, they will take her back. Never had riding lessons, but now that I am getting a horse, I will take lessons. She has a very nice disposition.
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post #20 of 33 Old 11-01-2008, 09:30 PM
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How much do you know about caring for horses? What about your parents? If you've never had lessons and don't know how to care for a horse I'd be sure to go slowly. Horses are a lot of work. They're very expensive. They are big and you can get hurt easily. Do you have a vet? What do you know about this horse? Farriers? Do you have hay for the winter? How much does this horse eat? Do you know how to lead a horse safely?

There are a lot of important things you need to know about horses. For example, what does it mean if a horse walks away from you and stands with its head facing away from you? What would you do if your horse did this?

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