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        05-30-2012, 08:03 PM
      #11
    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.
    Tried talking to him about it and he is not commenting on the subject at all. I think I already know that it will be another failed attempt and he knows that I know that. I guess I need to just deal with it and give up? I don't know what to do.
         
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        05-30-2012, 10:58 PM
      #12
    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 feel he's against the idea of another horse. I think he does not like my horse very much. He keeps that to himself, but I see that he could care less about anything that has to do with the horse. He will not even let me buy a horse trailer so I can go and trail ride with other people. He says that I don't need to spend the money.
         
        05-30-2012, 11:06 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Could you get a friend to keep their horse at your house? As long as you have asserted you are the boss in the herd you should have no problem with buddy-sourness.
         
        05-30-2012, 11:09 PM
      #14
    Foal
    I did not think about that. I don't have a lot of horsey friends. I feel like im alone since i'm doing this by myself. Good idea though.
         
        05-31-2012, 12:26 AM
      #15
    Yearling
    I got a mini donkey for a buddy for my horse & he is much happier. I can tell you that when I take the donk out to work with, my horse is buddy sour. I would try for a goat or sheep. Not sure if they would buddy sour with one of them, but their smaller, cheeper to feed.
         
        05-31-2012, 12:56 AM
      #16
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by littrella    
    I got a mini donkey for a buddy for my horse & he is much happier. I can tell you that when I take the donk out to work with, my horse is buddy sour. I would try for a goat or sheep. Not sure if they would buddy sour with one of them, but their smaller, cheeper to feed.
    Maybe I can just put a mirror on the fence and he can look and see another horse. Ha! No, I wouldn't do that! MY father is being a pain in the rear end about getting another horse or animal for the horse. He thinks the horse is fine, but has no idea about horses. I don't think he cares too much about the horse really. I really hate it
         
        05-31-2012, 09:09 AM
      #17
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by djcig123    
    Maybe I can just put a mirror on the fence and he can look and see another horse. Ha! No, I wouldn't do that! MY father is being a pain in the rear end about getting another horse or animal for the horse. He thinks the horse is fine, but has no idea about horses. I don't think he cares too much about the horse really. I really hate it
    While I understand your frustration - try to appreciate the fact that your father has allowed ONE horse....the fact that he has done so in spite of not liking the horse/horses in general is not the bad thing you are taking it as. It sounds as though you are a minor, living at home with your parents and, quite likely, reliant on their financial support for yourself and your horse. A little appreciation vs. coming across as ungrateful and demanding will go a long way in smoothing the path towards what you are wanting
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        06-01-2012, 01:37 AM
      #18
    Weanling
    With the trailer situation would he be purchasing it or you? If its his money then I can understand his reluctance, if he paid for the horse then he probably feels that he has already forked out enough money especially if he doesnt have much of an interest in them. Maybe you should think about moving him to a barn if you've hit a brick wall with your dad?
         
        06-01-2012, 01:40 AM
      #19
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by kiwi79    
    With the trailer situation would he be purchasing it or you? If its his money then I can understand his reluctance, if he paid for the horse then he probably feels that he has already forked out enough money especially if he doesnt have much of an interest in them. Maybe you should think about moving him to a barn if you've hit a brick wall with your dad?
    No I paid for the horse, hay, feed, everything and if I got a trailer I would be paying.
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        06-01-2012, 01:55 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    Goats prefer other goats. Same goes for horses. Companion goats are more trouble than they are worth and I would strongly advise against that option.
         

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