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    01-03-2012, 03:05 PM
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And with this economy, don't be afraid of a possible free horse!Hay is getting so expensive-some people are looking to place a good horse to a good home.I just retired,& my horses had their health exams & Coggins tests today to get ready for their move to AZ. I have 2 & today was the first time I loaded both alone, & then backed in my trailer w/no help after we were done. One of mine is gaited-I bought her for around $1,000 or so a while back & my Arab came from a riding center, Free,almost a year ago, because I could give him a good home, so now we're all happy.Take your lessons, decide what you want, take someone w/you, try them out, & don't be afraid of age, my mare is 19 & my Arab is 20. Did you see the thread on Delriah-she is 49 or 50, & just now retiring-at her choice.
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    01-03-2012, 03:36 PM
Originally Posted by marjie01    
Other than the goat suggestion, helpful comments from all. I am aware that this may well be an expensive proposition, which is another reason I'm taking my time, taking lessons, thinking and reading the forum.

Goats and alpacas are used a lot as companions for horses, though! And Goats especially as if there is an illness, they have a weaker immune system and die first (horrid sounding, but heck..) and alpacas are good companions too and may be a cheaper alternative, although not ideal, to getting another horse :)
    01-03-2012, 04:21 PM
You've gotten a lot of good advice!
An Alpaca or llama would be cool!

Some thoughts...

Keeping a horse alone with good SOLID fences with a lot of attention is fine.
Especially if neighboring horses are far away.
We had our horses pastured on our river property for the summer when we got my daughters pony and brought her here. She was a doll, had goats, us, and dogs to keep her company. She was a little lonely, NEVER slept lying down, and stayed pretty close to the barn. But, she loved our attention, was easy to catch, could be ridden out alone, and looked forward to us. THEN, we brought our horses up and she became herd bound, impossible to catch, and we couldn't let our daughter ride her without another horse by her side or she'd dump her trying to get back to the herd. She was happy napping though!
I have two geldings that will ride out alone just fine, but if we leave our mare at home alone we have to pen her up in 8ft. Cattle panels to keep her from busting through the fences!

We just bought our daughter a new QH that is kid broke, very sound, good on the ground, and as spookless as you can get for only $500. We did go and look at 13!!! Horses before we found him! So it takes time for sure to find the "perfect" horse. We also missed out on a couple while shopping because I didn't put down a deposit, so keep that in mind.

Get your lessons done, maybe your new trainer will know of a couple that would suit you. Also keep in touch with the local rescues and let them know exactly what you are looking for. Good rescues will be able and more than willing to help you find and help a great horse. Most often retrain, fully vet check, and know very well the personalities of the horse, and some will let you take them on trial. Any type of horse would be good depending on his training/attitude maybe check out a clyde or draft cross... would look nice with your pyr!! Check around and meet with local riding groups and make sure you know what they ride... If they ride gaited horses you'll have to have one or get left in the dust! Our local ladies group all have TWH's and I can't ride with them! :(

Good luck!!

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