Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Ontario, Canada
Goat and Horse Aggressive Gelding
First off sorry if this post is in the wrong place, I didn't know where to put it.
Okay, so my 8 (almost 9) year old gelding is kind of a jerk when it comes to other horses. It was weird because we didn't have any major problems until last summer, we think its because 2 of the 3 horses above him left the herd and sh*t kinda hit the fan then. Long story short! He ended up in a field alone for a while. He didn't like it, but tolerated it since he shared a fence line with them, he was OK other then when they came in for feeding and he didn't, then he would pace the fence line and call until they were turned back out. We then tried him when an aging mare (20) and a very elderly gelding (in his 30's). The mare and him got along OK but he picked on the gelding alot for no reason that we could figure out. So back alone he went. A few months later he was dropping weight due to stress (he was fine until a horse and rider rode by his field and then he lost his mind) so we tossed my friends mare in with him for a week. Then he got changed up again! And is now with another pony (mare) in a smaller paddock with hay for the winter/spring and has been since October(ish) with no concerns. But the warmer/summer months are coming which means the herds will be shifted again. And an elderly mare will go in with his current partner when the grass field is re-opened up (she can't be on grass due to health reasons). And we are unsure if he will be able to stay with them or if he will pick on her. If he picks on her, he can't go back into the main herd for risk him picking on other horses/ fighting and damaging himself or them. So if that happens he will be back in the field alone! Unless we can find another partner for him for the summer again.
If we can't I am considering getting him a goat to hang out with since I can't afford another horse/donkey.
So my questions are
1)Are goats really good partners for horses?
2)Do you think he would be okay with a goat or would be be aggressive towards it.
3)Anything I should know?
4)Do you have any other ideas?
Thanks a bunch!
NOTE: he's amazing with people, children, and other animals. He's also great with CERTAIN horses. I say he has "small mans syndrome" but in all honesty a few people I have talked to think he might have been gelded late causing his attitude. And apparently he looks "studly" I don't know much about that kind of stuff though
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