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        07-19-2013, 11:45 PM
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    Foal
    Question Wondering about companion horses

    Last year I got an thoroughbred ex-racehorse for my birthday and I was thinking about getting him a companion for company. I want either a pony or some other type of animal because I'm not ready for another horse. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas of a good breed or other animal??
         
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        07-19-2013, 11:52 PM
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    Foal
    Honestly, my criteria for a companion:
    Rescue
    Small/easy keeper (preferrably over 10hh and under 16hh)
    Not a brat.

    Reason being: you don't need a second riding horse, so why pay for one, and you don't want to pump more feed and money into a horse you aren't riding. Not a brat, well, I don't know about you, but I like all my fingers and toes. This is the last thing because respect can be taught, but if you don't want to spend so much time on a companion, then it is best to have a horse with few issues.
         
        07-19-2013, 11:55 PM
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    Started
    Depends on your fencing and what you wanna feed, and expect of the companion.

    I'm a fan of cows, you can rope em, eat em, and ride em. Oh and teach em to drive! I love oxen.
    Donks are fun too, but I hear they don't taste real good ;).
    Sheep are an option, as are lamas and alpacas. But those require periodic maintenance.
    Then there's camels, yes! Who doesn't want a camel?! I'd name it Wednesday. :)
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        07-20-2013, 12:02 AM
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    Foal
    I forgot to mention that if its a pony I want something that my many many little cousins could pet and maybe ride because my horse is a bit big.
         
        07-20-2013, 12:18 AM
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    I have a pair of goats for my horse [a pair so they panic less when I ride my horse - they still panic a little but not nearly as much as I'm sure they would if I were leaving a single goat behind! Haha] and it's seriously the best.

    In September, it'll be a year of them being here and I still have no complaints. The older goat [one is 10, the other is just about a year and a half] is really laid back, great with kids, and just all around nice to be around, BUT she's afraid of my horse. She'll be near my horse sometimes but they don't really have a "connection."
    The younger guy is more sassy, more excitable, but smart as all get out [I've been training him to do tricks] and deeply bonded with my horse. My horse really enjoys mutually grooming him and they are rarely apart.

    The younger guy does have a penchant for slipping through fences into the next pasture over, but he never actually leaves the pasture altogether and he always returns to "his" pasture on his own or when I call him. The older girl escaped once when I forgot to check her water and the younger guy had tossed it earlier in the day [she's too short to reach the normal trough, the younger guy is about as tall as/taller (39 inches, as of a few months ago) than a large mini so he uses a normal trough]. She had put herself back in by the time I arrived to put her in and she hasn't tried to escape since.
    They do have a solid 6+ acres of varying terrain to explore/graze which probably helps keep them entertained.

    Anyway, I LOVE my goats. They are way less stress than having another horse, they are super loving, most of their care can be done at home [hoof trimming, etc, is SUPER easy for the owner to do], and they don't eat a whole lot.
    My old girl goat is a bit of a 'hard keeper' and actually probably eats more than my mare does, but that's due to the goats' age and the fact that my mare is the world's easiest keeper!
    They are super rewarding and really fun. I even take my young goat on hikes and I've been teaching him to pony off my mare. Super super fun.
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        07-20-2013, 12:37 AM
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    Green Broke
    It is hard to find a rescue pony that is safe and fairly sound. You might be able to find one at an auction,for about $500.00 . I had goats for a while, and some stray dogs got in and chased one to death ;( they were nubians , and the other one died of cancer, but she was about 12 and I have been told that 12 is about the average life span.
         
        07-20-2013, 12:56 AM
      #7
    Trained
    Welcome Sunnygurl
    Hope you find the right companion for your horse
         
        07-20-2013, 10:22 AM
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    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Phly    
    Depends on your fencing and what you wanna feed, and expect of the companion.

    Then there's camels, yes! Who doesn't want a camel?! I'd name it Wednesday. :)
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    Me for one. Camels can be extremely destructive and hard on fencing. Know this from experience.
         
        07-20-2013, 10:26 AM
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    Foal
    I completely skipped over the part where you said no horses...oops >.>

    Goats are good, they require no grain, but need to be copper bolused twice a year. They eat <5lbs of hay a day in winter, and eat weeds your horse wouldn't touch. They love honeysuckle and poison ivy.
         
        07-20-2013, 10:42 AM
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    Showing
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    Originally Posted by Sunnysgurl    
    Last year I got an thoroughbred ex-racehorse for my birthday and I was thinking about getting him a companion for company. I want either a pony or some other type of animal because I'm not ready for another horse. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas of a good breed or other animal??
    Miniature horses make phenomenal companion animals. They are relatively cheap to buy if you do some searching, and they are wonderful to have.
         

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