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    03-03-2009, 01:44 PM
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Foal
Question Leaving horse by itself?

I moved my 2 horses to my house recently. Im planning to go camping alot this summer and im the only one in my family that rides so im going to have to leave one horse home by itself. They go crazy when I walk one away from the pasture, so im afraid that if I take one then the other one will be going crazy the whole time were gone. So I was thinking about getting a mini or a goat to keep by there pasture so one is not alot for a whole weekend. So do you think a goat would be better or a mini? Are there any concerns with either of them to be put in the pasture with the horses, other than being kicked? Any personal stories would be great!
     
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    03-03-2009, 01:55 PM
  #2
Weanling
Can you take one to ride and one as a pack horse?
     
    03-03-2009, 07:07 PM
  #3
Foal
I would, but ponying scares me for some reason! Plus I don't really need a pack horse.
     
    03-03-2009, 09:40 PM
  #4
Showing
You can try either one. A goat would be easier to keep but they tend to get out unless you have perfect fencing. You might also consider a burro or a mule. They make great companion animals and are sweet too.
     
    03-04-2009, 12:11 AM
  #5
Started
I've heard that goats are great for companionship. They probably would be easier to keep and cheaper to buy too.

By the way, how are you feeding your horse while you are gone? (Just curious). =P
     
    03-04-2009, 01:28 PM
  #6
Foal
One of my parents will be home to feed, or I would have my horsie neighbor do it : )



I think im going to try a petting farm and see if they are giving away any goats or mini's. What kind of fencing works best for mini's?
     
    03-04-2009, 02:09 PM
  #7
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by wyleeluver    
I moved my 2 horses to my house recently. Im planning to go camping alot this summer and im the only one in my family that rides so im going to have to leave one horse home by itself. They go crazy when I walk one away from the pasture, so im afraid that if I take one then the other one will be going crazy the whole time were gone. So I was thinking about getting a mini or a goat to keep by there pasture so one is not alot for a whole weekend. So do you think a goat would be better or a mini? Are there any concerns with either of them to be put in the pasture with the horses, other than being kicked? Any personal stories would be great!
I worried about the same thing. T has no problem leaving Walka, but Walka (big baby that he is) would carry on terribly when separated (just out hacking with T). When I started camping over weekends, thought Walka would work himself up and get sick. Well to my surprise he settled down and was actually quiet the whole time we were gone. Got to the point that when the trailer pulled in he still didn't get excited, and took it all as a matter of course of things.

I'm sure you've separated them for riding purposes, and maybe they would be okay over a weekend. If not then a companion is a good idea.

I've never owned a goat, but a neighbor did. Funny thing is it ate the horses mane! It would actually put its front hooves on the horses shoulder to reach better. Don't know if this was just a special goat, or if they have a tendency to do this.

Good luck.
     
    03-04-2009, 02:12 PM
  #8
Started
Where I pasture my horse we have goats and a miniture jenny. Both do ok...although personally I like the jenny better. She is so sweet. Also, as someone mentioned the goats go in and out of the pasture whenever they want so they are tougher to keep up with. I think the jenny is an easier keeper than the goats actually. She only needs hay and a couple handfuls of grain to keep her happy. If you go with goats...hide your rose bushes!!!!
     
    03-04-2009, 02:48 PM
  #9
Showing
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Originally Posted by Walkamile    
I worried about the same thing. T has no problem leaving Walka, but Walka (big baby that he is) would carry on terribly when separated (just out hacking with T). When I started camping over weekends, thought Walka would work himself up and get sick. Well to my surprise he settled down and was actually quiet the whole time we were gone. Got to the point that when the trailer pulled in he still didn't get excited, and took it all as a matter of course of things.

I'm sure you've separated them for riding purposes, and maybe they would be okay over a weekend. If not then a companion is a good idea.

I've never owned a goat, but a neighbor did. Funny thing is it ate the horses mane! It would actually put its front hooves on the horses shoulder to reach better. Don't know if this was just a special goat, or if they have a tendency to do this.
Good luck.

I thought the same thing when we had 3 horses. We would take 2 away in the trailer and leave one home. The left one would cry and whinney and run after us. I would worry all the time we were gone. I asked my neighbor if the filly had kept him up all night. He said right after we were out of sight she settled down and went back to the hay bale. She whinnied every once in awhile but other than that she was fine. Seems we worried more than she did.
     
    03-04-2009, 03:42 PM
  #10
Foal
Yeah I have seperated them for riding, and they are fine when I put them in there stalls and then ride off, but when there in the pasture and I ride off that's when they throw a fit lol!

Im trailering to a state park this weekend, so I guess i'll see how Wylee does with being left home. I think that I will be more worried then she will be!!
     

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