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post #21 of 23 Old 03-05-2013, 08:24 PM
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I almost feel like I am abusing her mentally the way some put their words here but I know it may not be intentional.
Yes, I - I'm sure we - do understand it's not intentional, just trying to get you to see it from her point of view, a herd animal kept in such a manner. They do tend to survive like that(unfortunately many 'showies' don't like letting their horses live naturally, get dirty, etc), but it sounds like you care for her & want more than just survival for her!

If you can't keep her out in a herd situation, or with another horse at least where you are, then IMO I would be looking for somewhere you can. You don't have to buy another horse if you can't afford it, there are probably other places around that allow their horses to be... horses. Or someone else with a lone horse you could share agistment with. Or even if no other option, a goat or sheep or some such.
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post #22 of 23 Old 03-06-2013, 04:26 PM
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Just as a note, so far as companion animals- I noticed that during my mare's year or so of being alone, aside from acting out while she was alone, she also developed problems when she was with other horses (such as, just generally riding when other horses were present in their pastures or while I was riding with others) She would seem to act simultaneously "buddy sour" (not wanting to leave them) as well as terrified of them if they got too close. Not sure if your mare seems to act up under saddle with other horses, but now that my mare is kept with other horses she seems to have settled in this regard. (One of the reasons I decided board other horses on my property).

There are several different solutions, you just need to find the one that's best for you and your horse!
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post #23 of 23 Old 03-07-2013, 12:01 PM
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I think it is being bored and not having a companion. Some horses can cope with it better than others. The TB I am working with she is best to be left along in a pasture and not have any buddies. But her owner is outside half the day doing something in the shop and I would come over for a few horses, so she always had human companions. My show horse last year for half the year she was alone. The only time she saw others was going to practice once a week, shows, or road rides with others. My horse Storm lived half her life alone but there was always dogs, ducks, chickens around.

Stalls create so many problems its crazy!

I would look for just a pasture, talk to people. Some cattle person nearby might have 1-3 acres that he isn't using and you could fence in. Horses don't need stalls.
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