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    01-17-2010, 01:53 PM
  #1
Green Broke
Companion animals for a horse

I have a very social horse whom I have thought about getting her a companion pet.

Some of my concerns would be;
1. Must get along with horses and not worry about them fighting for food.
2. Must stay in standard post and rail fencing
3. Must be able to tolerate cold winters
4. Must be able to be left if gone to a show or must be able to travel well to go to the show
5. It would be nice if they were tall eneough to reach an automatic waterer so I didn't have to water seperatly but small enough to not be in the way.
6. Fairly low maintenance in care and costs.
Any ideas?
     
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    01-17-2010, 01:56 PM
  #2
Yearling
I heard goats are the best to get for your horse. But I don't know how they are with every thing else you listed. They seem like they would be able to do pretty much all thoes things.
     
    01-17-2010, 02:28 PM
  #3
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Domino13011    
I heard goats are the best to get for your horse. But I don't know how they are with every thing else you listed. They seem like they would be able to do pretty much all thoes things.
I was leaning towards a goat and doing some reasearch but they are hard to keep in and need tighter fencing and can climb. I was also thinking they get eaten up by prey animals but maybe not were I live. I do hear coyotes screaming in the timber behind my property when they have killed something. I had found a stray baby pig but the fencing was an issue with that also.
     
    01-17-2010, 04:38 PM
  #4
Showing
A donkey makes a wonderful companion animal. They are also very protective and will generally fight off a predator that enters their paddock. Mini-donkeys are wonderful but they can tend to be little houdini's. Maybe a standard sized donkey would be best. They are very easy keepers and don't require much feed. Plus, it wouldn't hurt them to be left alone for a few days at a time during show season.
     
    01-17-2010, 05:14 PM
  #5
Showing
My first horse had a cat buddy. I know its hard to find a cat who likes horses, but this one did and would lay in the hay while she ate and they just generally liked each other. I also used to have a rooster who liked hanging out with the horses. The only reason I mention it is you don't have to get a big animal as a companion, just one that will hang around with your horse is fine. Think mini horse or donkey even Maybe get a few guinie fowl ior chickens to clean up horse poo
     
    01-17-2010, 05:27 PM
  #6
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Vidaloco    
My first horse had a cat buddy. I know its hard to find a cat who likes horses, but this one did and would lay in the hay while she ate and they just generally liked each other. I also used to have a rooster who liked hanging out with the horses. The only reason I mention it is you don't have to get a big animal as a companion, just one that will hang around with your horse is fine. Think mini horse or donkey even Maybe get a few guinie fowl ior chickens to clean up horse poo
I had read that about cats do make good companions and wouldn't mind a barn cat. It would be a bummer if the cat didn't hang out with the horse though. I don't think my nieghbors would appreciate any chickens. I am on an acreage on the edge of town so not like in the country.
     
    01-17-2010, 05:29 PM
  #7
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
A donkey makes a wonderful companion animal. They are also very protective and will generally fight off a predator that enters their paddock. Mini-donkeys are wonderful but they can tend to be little houdini's. Maybe a standard sized donkey would be best. They are very easy keepers and don't require much feed. Plus, it wouldn't hurt them to be left alone for a few days at a time during show season.
A donkey could be kinda fun? One thing I worry about that ny filly is dominent so don't know if she would be gentle with a donkey. If she is with a another dominent horse is doesn't go weel but with a submissive one it has been fine. Do donkeys get herd bound liek horses? Don't want a donkey crying if I am trying to work my horse.
     
    01-17-2010, 06:34 PM
  #8
Banned
Goats are great. That's where the express "gets your goat" comes from.
Often race horses were high strung and to keep them calm they would put a goat in the pen with the horse. If you wanted to upset a horse and prevent him from having a good night you would steal his goat causing him to fuss and not sleep and thus not run well the next day.


The problem is goats eat tails. We had 2 companion goats but the horses lost all their tails right up to the bone.
     
    01-17-2010, 06:41 PM
  #9
Yearling
Goats are very naughty, that is why they are the sign of the devil. (joke). They are really naughty though. When I was younger we had several goats including two pygmies. My car had hoof prints dented into it and they chewed everything in sight. Was hard to keep them contained.

We had a client who insisted on bringing her horse's pasture buddy goat in when he was here for 6 weeks recovery from surgery. The horse HATED that goat, kicked and bit at it, pinned his ears back. But oh how the goat loved the horse, would scream for the entire time the horse was out for therapy. Maybe you can have a trial period to make sure it's a love connection?
     
    01-17-2010, 06:45 PM
  #10
Weanling
Not only are miniature donkeys great companions, they are flippin adorable!

I'd go mini donkey for sure. :)
     

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