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.