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post #1 of 25 Old 11-26-2011, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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Should I Get Another Horse???

Hi All,

I am wondering if I should get another horse?

I currently have a great quarter horse gelding that has returned from a stable and training. He had a lot of buddies and was locked up at night in a stall.

I'm trying to determine if he needs a buddy. Chip, my quarter horse, he seems to be really jumpy and slightly stressed at night. He's in a large field type enclosure with a 3 sided 16 X 12 shelter. I'm wondering if he is jumpy because he feels at the mercy of all the things that go bump in the night? Would he benefit with another horse, or goat or sheep? Am I just being silly?

Does anyone have any advise on how your single horse does without a buddy? Would it make him a better horse?

Thanks!
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post #2 of 25 Old 11-26-2011, 09:20 PM
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Horses are herd animals, so they do get lonely and bored. Personally, I would never keep one alone. If you cannot afford another large horse, a miniature donkey or a goat would do just fine.
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post #3 of 25 Old 11-26-2011, 09:32 PM
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As stated above they our herd aniamls and do better in a herd..We had a goat yrs ago and did wonderful with the horses and don't cost as much,but you should becareful to make sure in the begining your horse wont hurt it..We had a couple horses try to play tug of war with baby calves..
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post #4 of 25 Old 11-27-2011, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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That's what I kind of thought.

I am a little afraid of Chip hurting another animal, like a goat. He might do okay with a donkey?

I would love another horse, but I need to get the hubby on board with the idea.

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post #5 of 25 Old 11-27-2011, 10:57 AM
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You could finding an old retired horse to share the pasture with him.
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Horses are scared of two things... Things that move and things that don't.
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post #6 of 25 Old 11-27-2011, 11:00 AM
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do you have the time, means, and money to have another horse? If so, then go ahead! I personally find it difficult to woirk two horses every day (and I have three project horses... go figure) soo if it werent for loving my girls soo much and them retraining so well I probably wouldnt have as many as I do. However if he's scared if definitally try to get him somebody else. A lot of racetracks use goats in the stalls to keep the racers company. I've actually seen a horse with a "pet cat". Or donkeys or a pony would be fun! My horses like having cows. Pets cows. Yep. Not a herd. Just three specific babys that they watched me hand raise. If you DO get another animal make sure to introduce them slowly. Put the animal in a seperate pasture beside the horse. Then you can put the horse on a leadrope and let it meet the new animal in a controlled environment and go from there.
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post #7 of 25 Old 11-27-2011, 12:15 PM Thread Starter
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Yep, we have the means, but the time is a different matter.

I need to think about it.

Thanks!
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post #8 of 25 Old 11-27-2011, 12:25 PM
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my horse was fine with being a only horse but he did way better by getting another one. And when we lost his herd he got depressed and he lost weight and wasnt himself. When we got my other horse he was happier and now that we got another one he seems complete! You can get a goat or donkey and he should be fine.
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post #9 of 25 Old 11-27-2011, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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I think I would rather get a goat(s). We have 3 acres that could really use some brush clearing.

However, I think he might hurt the goat trying to play, even with a slow introduction. He's not the most gentle creature. He's just a super dork.
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post #10 of 25 Old 11-27-2011, 12:53 PM
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The person from my local forum keeps sheep as a companion for her horse. They even ride all together (the sheep is following the horse - I've seen pics :) ).
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