Goat companion for lonely horse?
We just bought a goat named Lilly. She's young, I don't know exactly how old, but still pretty much a baby, and she's a small goat- not sure the breed, but it's a mix of two. Anyway, she's not getting to be big.
She was kept with another goat, her sister, for all her life, up until now. My horse is kept in a pen by himself and could definitely use a companion, and she's never been alone before, so I was thinking that they could, if they got along, be together.
I'm worried that they won't get along, though... Basically, what I'm asking, is what do I do to introduce them? Will I know instantaneously that they'll get along, or will I have to keep them together for a while to get used to each other? Envi has never seen a goat before in his 6 years on this earth, and he doesn't do too well with new things... He just doesn't get used to things easily.
I'm thinking it might be best to put them in a pen next to each other, although I'm pretty sure Envi would just sit on the other side of his pen. He's a stubborn young chap... He would most likely have nothing to do with the goat if I didn't put them in the same pen so that they have to be together, but again, I'm worried just tossing them together will result in injury.
I'd just like some help from someone who's had experience with goat companions for horses, lol... I'd really love it if they could bond, they both need a friend that isn't me, because unfortunately, life doesn't give me as much time as I'd like to spend with my furry friends.
Also, I heard that goats eat manes and tails. I like his mane and tail, I'm trying to grow them out... of course I could live with it if he was happy with a little goat buddy, but still...?
And I'm sorry if this doesn't belong here, I'm not sure where to put this. If it should be somewhere else, I'd love it if you could move it to it's proper place, if it's not too much trouble!