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        06-20-2010, 08:57 AM
    What kind of fencing do you suggest ?(that would be good for a horse and goat) And it has to still be a pretty fence too, ya know my dad;) Sorry, another question popped up here....Do some horses do fine alone?
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        06-20-2010, 12:56 PM
    Green Broke

    Quite frankly, yes, they can do just fine alone. I would just strongly advise increasing the amount of time you spend with your horse. I've been in several situations where my horses have been kept alone and actually had LESS problems - they attach themselves to you as opposed to a herd, and you don't have to deal with the freak outs when trying to leave home some horses may be prone to.

    As for fencing, good luck - the ONLY thing I know of that keeps goats in is electric barbed wire. Not so good for horses! You may be able to keep them in with several strands of electric wire, but a lot of goats (especially the bigger ones) can ignore a "softer" shock. You want a fencer that sounds like a firecracker when someone touches it. Avoid wood at all costs, they'll destroy it and never stay in.
        06-20-2010, 01:45 PM
    In that case, I would much more want to just keep the horse alone! Lol!
        06-21-2010, 09:15 AM
    Green Broke
    Depends on the horse, my moms horse will kill and small animal she can get her hooves on! MY horse on the other hand would just rather be left alone than have any annoying goat near her! So, really I think its up to the horse!

        06-21-2010, 06:50 PM
    We have 2 boer goats that I have kept with my horses. They have never eaten my horses tails. A lot of people think that goats eat everything, but they actually are quite picky eaters. Goats are browsers, not grazers so they tend to do well with the horses on pasture as they eat more of the weeds down. And no they will not eat ALL your weeds. They will steal grain from the horses if they get the chance, so I would suggest having seperate feeding areas. Also you will want to have a good feeder, the goats will pee and poop in the hay. We made a homemade feeder with some scrap wood around the farm, i'll post a pic.
    We keep them in a pasture that has split rail with horse box wire on the front, and electric on the rest of the pasture. The electric is 4 wire, only the top 3 wires are actually hooked up. They have NEVER escaped. We occasionally let them loose in the yard, ours are easy to catch, just shake a grain scoop and they come running!
    I'd also suggest having 2 goats expecially if you will be taking the horse away riding/showing/etc. They don't like being alone and easily get stressed out.
    Our goats are not aggressive and they are quite careful with their horns if you let them rub on you. I would NOT get a buck, they can be aggressive when they are in rut and smell.
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