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    09-03-2013, 03:39 PM
Other companion animal?

Hi guys,
So my horse Diddly suffers a bit from separation anxiety. I currently still live with my parents, and on a regular basic my mum goes hunting during the winter. By winter, Candy will be sold and we will only have 2 horses. So when Percy goes hunting for the day, Diddly will be on his own.
We can't get a little Shetland pony as my mother blatantly refuses. She doesn't want to have to pay for farrier bills for another horse who is only a companion.
Can anyone suggest a companion animal that might help Diddly to settle down while Percy is away for the day?
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    09-03-2013, 03:43 PM
Some people use goats as companions for their horses. My gelding things that goats are the devil incarnate, but his best friend is a pot belly pig, so if I were to get him a companion and couldn't get a pony or donkey, I'd probably go with a pot belly pig.
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    09-03-2013, 03:50 PM
I've heard goats tend to eat everything they can find! Including the horses rug!

Can you give me some info about these pigs? Mum would quite like some pigs but we've never had the excuse to get them!
    09-03-2013, 03:53 PM
I vote for two goats! Have you introduced Diddly to any sheep, goats or pigs yet to gauge his reaction? Samson is happy around cows, goats and pigs, but he can't relax around sheep - just doesn't trust 'em!
    09-03-2013, 03:54 PM
Not yet... He doesn't mind donkeys or anything, but a friend of mine has sheep, and I might be able to show them to him, and see what he thinks. :)
    09-03-2013, 04:08 PM
There's a barn not too far from me that uses a sheep to stay with their one horse. It's pretty cute, they follow each other around.
    09-04-2013, 02:11 AM
I'm considering goats. Except for the eating everything part :(
    09-04-2013, 02:30 AM
Have had goats for nearly 20 years. They haven't ripped any rugs so far, just keep them out of the garden! They're fabulous characters, so entertaining. They love to come for walks with the dogs. This time of year we go berry picking - they come home with purple beards !
    09-04-2013, 02:33 AM
Hahaha! Do you keep them in a pen, or can they live out in the field with the horses?
    09-04-2013, 02:45 AM
They could live out with the horses, but you would have to keep a good eye on the fencing as they can be escape artists (same goes for sheep). Ours are in their own pen and I would put the single horse in with them, if the others were going out and he would otherwise be left alone. Occasionally we all go for a walk together, including the cat. You know what they say, "Every village has it's oddball. If you don't know who that is, it's probably you!".

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