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        11-01-2008, 09:49 PM
      #21
    Meg
    Foal
    That is why I joined this forum! We are doing research, research, research. The lady giving her to me has other horses and she is willing to help me out on information as well. I have a veterinarian and farrier lined up...Although no work needs to be done for awhile, and when it's time, we're ready. I have more questions I am going to ask in this forum, in a seperate thread.
         
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        11-01-2008, 10:07 PM
      #22
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    Originally Posted by Meg    
    That is why I joined this forum! We are doing research, research, research. The lady giving her to me has other horses and she is willing to help me out on information as well. I have a veterinarian and farrier lined up...Although no work needs to be done for awhile, and when it's time, we're ready. I have more questions I am going to ask in this forum, in a seperate thread.
    This forum is nice but it is no substitute for a good trainer. Do you have hay lined up for the winter? Do you have a barn? When was the last worming? What is the next type of worming due? How often to you do hooves?

    I hope you take lessons for quite a while before you get the horse. Can you make friends with a local trainer? Is there a local 4H group you can join?
         
        11-02-2008, 09:37 AM
      #23
    Trained
    I know people are trying to be helpful, but if I was the OP on this post, I would feel very negatively criticized from a bunch of people that don't know me from a hole in the wall. I hope Meg is made of tougher stuff than I am.
         
        11-02-2008, 09:57 AM
      #24
    Showing
    A goat and a horse! That's great Meg, let us know how it goes. Sounds like you have everything under control. Our first horse had a pet rooster as a companion.
    Remember everyone has to start someplace. We all started out knowing nothing about horses. Its a lifelong learning experience. If someone tells you they know everything there is to know about horses, they're lying
         
        11-03-2008, 06:55 AM
      #25
    Foal
    This year a new set of laws were passed protecting horses in our area of Switzerland. It is illegal to keep a horse without another equine that it can see, hear, smell and socialize with. Other animals such as goats, pigs, etc. are not considered proper companions. Poneys, donkeys and mules are the exception to another horse.
    They really do develop complex relationships with their equine friends that can last a lifetime.
         
        11-03-2008, 01:30 PM
      #26
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by QtrHorse    
    This year a new set of laws were passed protecting horses in our area of Switzerland. It is illegal to keep a horse without another equine that it can see, hear, smell and socialize with. Other animals such as goats, pigs, etc. are not considered proper companions. Poneys, donkeys and mules are the exception to another horse.
    They really do develop complex relationships with their equine friends that can last a lifetime.
    Wow! I really find that overstepping the boundaries of good husbandry. I also find it strange coming from Switzerland of all countries -- usually a lot more democratic than that I thought?
         
        11-03-2008, 03:47 PM
      #27
    Yearling
    Wink

    I have to disagree with almost everybody on the forum. My horse likes being alone. He gets stressed out around other horses and tends to want to fight them. He is very territorial. I've owned him for almost 13 years and I've only seen him get along with 2 or 3 horses over a fence. He killed a dog...gave a goat a concussion...picked up a cat by his mouth and threw her out of the barn...not kidding. He loves human contact...food...and fresh air. That's all he needs to be content. Unfortunately Im about to buy a 2nd horse...they will be in different paddocks. If you plan on keeping a loner...you need to ask the sellers if the horse can cope with it. Some love it...some freak out. You have to know the horse before you buy.

    By the way I agree with Northern...leave the girl alone...I hate when newbies get on here and people get all up in their business about horse owning. We were all first time horse owners and one point in our lives.
         
        11-03-2008, 08:26 PM
      #28
    Meg
    Foal
    Thank you hotreddun, northernmama...

    EVERY horse is different. Just because your horse prefers company, and a lot do vs. being a lone, there are some horses that are fine with being a lone. So, are you saying that I should get two or three horses, and something terrible comes up with finances (it could happen to ANYBODY...especially with the economy the way it is now)...and you have two or three horses to worry about as oppose to one, or one with a goat. I am not saying anybody said "goats are a bad idea", I am just throwing that out there. The horse will be loved lots, and I would NOT be getting a horse if I didn't do enough research. I have dogs, I have cats, I have rabbits...Each animal is challenging...I'd say, out of ALL the animals I know of, rabbits are the worse because if they get a little cold, 99% chance, they die. I am ready for this responsibility. I want horse lessons on my own horse.
         
        11-03-2008, 08:27 PM
      #29
    Meg
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Vidaloco    
    A goat and a horse! That's great Meg, let us know how it goes. Sounds like you have everything under control. Our first horse had a pet rooster as a companion.
    Remember everyone has to start someplace. We all started out knowing nothing about horses. Its a lifelong learning experience. If someone tells you they know everything there is to know about horses, they're lying
    A rooster? That is neat!!! :)
         
        11-04-2008, 06:40 AM
      #30
    Weanling
    I had my first horse alone for about a month before we bought a companion and he really wasn't too deprived, by the sounds of it you'll be spending tons of time with him.
    I would love to have a goat and they seem to be good companions from what we're hearing, but ultimately its up to you.
    I love that you've done your reseach, too may people don't.
    By the sounds of it you are quite the animal lover, I know that'll you'll be just as passionate about your horse, he/she will be lucky to own you!!

    Congrats and good luck, horse ownership is an amazing experience.


    PS: keep asking questions these people are amazing!!
         

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