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    04-09-2009, 11:11 PM
Cool Help me out here, please

I have a major issue.
I ride horses every summer, in Pennsylvania. I can't ride year-round because where I live, the city is just too cramped and filled to find a stable within driving distance.
Every summer I stay with my family. They have a 35-acre property that mainly consists of thick woodland. There is a barn that is filled with goats, and a cramped vegetable garden that takes up a lot of space behind the house. There is limited space for a horse.

Anyways. A friend of the family has a herd of horses and is offering to rent one out to me for the summer, which is something I've always wanted to do. She lives far away, though, about forty five minutes driving. My family is very busy, and we probably wouldn't have enough time every day to go and stay with her for riding and such.

Another family member offered to let us keep one of her horses on our property, but we simply can't find the room. During the summer, could a horse stay in a barn filled with goats, or could it stay outside in a fenced paddock 24/7?

I could always take lessons from a local stable, but the people there are catty and rude, and I feel so uncomfortable that I just don't want to return.

Help me. What should I do?
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    04-09-2009, 11:24 PM
Green Broke
Many horses are "pasture" kept and they make out fine as long as they have trees or a run in shelter to get out of the heat of the sun and driving rain. Some are also kept in barns with many other types of animals and after the adjustment period are fine and probably enjoy the company.

Why not put the horse in the barn at night and in the paddock during the daytime hours?
    04-09-2009, 11:29 PM
Really, either would be fine so long as the horse had some space all his own. If he has been kept on pasture, he would need some adjustment time to go into a stall but I am with walkamile, if you have access to both, outside during the day and in at night would be best. All my horses stay outside 24/7 year round and never have a problem.
    04-11-2009, 12:23 AM
You probably shouldn't have a problem with keeping the horse outside with a goat. But I'm just wondering ... are there any predators (like coyotes, wolves, etc) around the property? I've never liked the idea of a horse being outside alone if there are wild animals around. At my barn there's coyotes, but we have lots of horses so they can protect each other. This may sound paranoid, but just be aware of that. Predators won't go after a herd of horses, but they may after one horse, especially if the horse is sick or weak. Sorry if that sounds silly....
    04-11-2009, 11:03 AM
A horse can stay in a barn filled with other animals, but I'm a bit nervous as to how it would act on it's own.
When you put a horse out in a field byh its self, depending on the horse, sometimes they go a bit crazy. =]
Btw, where in PA? I live there so I'm curious.
    04-19-2009, 04:53 AM
Should be fine,mine is in a paddock 24/7 :) and she's happy :) as long as they get the attention from you he/she should be fine :)
    04-20-2009, 10:48 PM
Paddock 24/7 with shelter is fine. If there are other animals around, not necessarily in the same paddock, they will help keep the wild critters away. Especially goats, donkeys, dogs and llamas... whad'ya got?

I don't like outside during the day and barn at night, but it does work.
    04-21-2009, 10:39 AM
I keep my horses out as much as possible, and they're usually happier that way. Waaaay back when I had just one, she was out to pasture alone most of the time, and did fine with it. A neighbor had a lone horse that broke out ALL the time until she got him a goat - it all depends on the individual. Generally though, a single horse does great with a goat or two as friends. They are often a little easier to handle, too. Just be sure the horse has access to shelter. As far as wild animals go, where I live there are coyotes, and big cats (no wolves yet). Coyotes can't take down a healthy grown horse. Big cats won't usually try a healthy grown horse, and are very rarely successful when they try. Wolves are worrisome, but I do not believe there is a wolf population in Penn...? Stick 'em in the barn at night if you're nervous, but it's probably not necessary.

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