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    05-29-2012, 11:43 PM
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Foal
My horse is lonely

I am still relatively new to horse ownership. I've owned my gelding for about ten months now. I have began to notice that he seems to be lonely and bored. I work most of the week, but I at least pet on him everyday while feeding him and at least ride him once a week. My father will not let me get another horse, which I know that if I get another one, the odds of my gelding becoming buddy sour when only ridding him will be high. I realize that this may be a two edged sword situation considering the sourness that he may develop, but he is by himself everyday. I feel really really bad for him. I care and deeply love him and don't know what to do. I keep him in a one acre lot and ride in the woods behind my house on the trails. Do I need to find a way to convince my father to let me get another horse, or do I need to board him somewhere? I don't know what to do, I do not want to board him. Please offer me some advice if you have any. I need some help on this.
     
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    05-29-2012, 11:49 PM
  #2
Showing
A mini, a rooster, a lamb, or a goat are all good substitutes.

I vote for mini or goat though.
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    05-29-2012, 11:49 PM
  #3
Foal
You could try to convince your dad to get a mini or maybe a goat or something to keep him company. A boarding facility would be a good option if you can't. But it will probably be more expensive than having a mini or goat at your place (you could use that and a good reason to get a companion). Not that I'm telling you to pick a fight or anything, but it is a lot better for a horse to have a buddy because they are a herd animal and need some kind of companion.
     
    05-29-2012, 11:55 PM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by JSMidnight    
You could try to convince your dad to get a mini or maybe a goat or something to keep him company. A boarding facility would be a good option if you can't. But it will probably be more expensive than having a mini or goat at your place (you could use that and a good reason to get a companion). Not that I'm telling you to pick a fight or anything, but it is a lot better for a horse to have a buddy because they are a herd animal and need some kind of companion.
Will he develop that buddy sourness. I've heard that's not fun to deal with. I am the only one in my family that rides. What are the chances of that happening? My father does not know squat about horses and does not believe anything about a companion. His comment was that the horse needs to get over it! I hate that comment! I wish I could get him to understand. What if I just bought one without him knowing and he'll have to deal with it? I know that's a little too much, but what else to do?
     
    05-30-2012, 12:09 AM
  #5
Green Broke
I don't know if he will become buddy sour.

I've seen many horses kept with just one or two others that are perfectly fine, and I've seen horses kept with many others and they can be buddy sour.

I think a big part of combatting buddy sourness is to be a strong leader. The likely only feels buddy sour because he is scared of being away from his herd - a vulnerable position to be in - but if you are a strong leader the horse should be much better behaved. Like most vices, they develop with poor leadership and lack of correction. That is my opinion at least.

I do not think horses should be alone. They are herd animals and while some of them might function okay alone, I don't think its the right thing to do. Why don't you open your pasture up to another boarder? Often people just need somewhere to graze a retired horse, or something, that way you won't have to get a horse, your horse could get a friend and you might even make a little money?

If you are not okay letting people on your property, perhaps someone is willing to lease out a companion horse, one that is lame or something, but they don't want to sell? Put an add around and you might get something back.
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    05-30-2012, 12:11 AM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
A mini, a rooster, a lamb, or a goat are all good substitutes.

I vote for mini or goat though.
I'd like to get a horse specifically for roping, reining since Im wanting to do that later on in the future. Im not sure if the one I have now would do that, good posibility, but I guess two in a show would be good? I don't know, just a thought. I'd like to rescue one, but you have the problem of retraining him, and working with him to regain trust, etc. I'd love to do that to help find a home for an unwanted horse.
     
    05-30-2012, 12:13 AM
  #7
Showing
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Originally Posted by djcig123    
I'd like to get a horse specifically for roping, reining since Im wanting to do that later on in the future. Im not sure if the one I have now would do that, good posibility, but I guess two in a show would be good? I don't know, just a thought. I'd like to rescue one, but you have the problem of retraining him, and working with him to regain trust, etc. I'd love to do that to help find a home for an unwanted horse.

Well talk to your dad about it. :) If you work yourself, that'll help pay for everything. But horses are expensive..
     
    05-30-2012, 12:14 AM
  #8
Foal
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Originally Posted by Saskia    
I don't know if he will become buddy sour.

I've seen many horses kept with just one or two others that are perfectly fine, and I've seen horses kept with many others and they can be buddy sour.

I think a big part of combatting buddy sourness is to be a strong leader. The likely only feels buddy sour because he is scared of being away from his herd - a vulnerable position to be in - but if you are a strong leader the horse should be much better behaved. Like most vices, they develop with poor leadership and lack of correction. That is my opinion at least.

I do not think horses should be alone. They are herd animals and while some of them might function okay alone, I don't think its the right thing to do. Why don't you open your pasture up to another boarder? Often people just need somewhere to graze a retired horse, or something, that way you won't have to get a horse, your horse could get a friend and you might even make a little money?

If you are not okay letting people on your property, perhaps someone is willing to lease out a companion horse, one that is lame or something, but they don't want to sell? Put an add around and you might get something back.
That's a good idea, but the only problem is that I have a limited amount of space. I'd love to have three or four horses maybe more if I was capable, don't need that many, but I love them that much! I have a little over an acre lot that he is on.
     
    05-30-2012, 12:22 AM
  #9
Foal
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
Well talk to your dad about it. :) If you work yourself, that'll help pay for everything. But horses are expensive..
I'll try again. Cross my fingers. I work pretty much every day of the week except weekends. Pretty flexible. So far so good, the care and cost of the care has been good to me. I've managed to keep extra feed bags and hay before anything else. Plus I still live with my father while going to college, so its not really that bad. I keep a steady budget for myself. Knock on wood, my horse has not coliced or got sick. I would sell all of my nice things before I had to sell him or put him down if something like that happened. I really care about him. I am just really concerned about him being by himself. I would not like to be bymyself all day every day almost! Ill talk to him one more time and see what happends. Odds are slim, but I guess you never know. I wish I can get it in his thick skull that horses are not like dogs or cats, totally different animal.
     
    05-30-2012, 02:30 AM
  #10
Weanling
Its hard to know whether you might have issues with your horse becoming buddy sour but from my experience its usually whoever is being left behind in the paddock that tends to get upset. None of my horses have ever minded leaving their mate if it means they get to go out for a ride. But since you have such limited space it might be hard with 2 horses, especially over winter with lack of grass and feeding costs. Perhaps a mini would be the way to go? I have about 2.5 acres of grazing and didnt want two horses that needed exercise so got a mini who keeps my gelding company. It works really well for me because she needs little grass and has a smaller taped off section within whichever area my gelding is in at the time. I did think about goats, sheep, cows etc but I think he really appreciates having another horse buddy around. In the afternoons I put on her grazing muzzle and let her in with my gelding. I don't leave them alone together if I'm not on the property though as they can get injured easily by a larger horse. Minis are great as feed wise they cost a lot less to maintain, you just need to watch their weight.
     

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