Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Hi guys, thanks for all the advice :) I will try and address everyone in order.
I am considering giving her away, but I wouldn't do it as a broodmare only as a pet/lawn mower.
Ace - A goat isn't possible because of his yard fences, not sure if you can see properly in the photo but it would be very easy for a goat to escape with those fences.
Trixie - Not too sure about that, seems to me like it would be just teasing him, I don't think he would really learn anything from that as there is no way to reward him when she leaves and make him see it as a positive thing. May give it a try, but not sure.
Pkelchner - We have tried this, he has no attachment to the others and being with them does not satisfy him, only the mare. He is more likely to just stir the others up with his behaviour and cause an injury if I put him with someone else.
Waresbear - I completely agree with you - usually I keep mares and geldings on seperate properties as it brings nothing but trouble! However we have had problems with the agistment properties so we had to bring her and another mare home, starting to wish I had just left her at the problem agistment as I wouldnt be in this situation if I had!
HarleyWood - They can't share a fence - he will go through the fence to get to her. That's how he origionaly injured himself. So adjacent pastures are out of the question unfortunately.
Arrowsaway - You make a good point and I won't pretend I havn't considered it. She definitely won't be used as a riding horse by us again, and certianly not as a broodmare, she is obviously a useless companion horse, so really she hasn't got much use. I am not a supporter of euthanizing horses without dire need, but she is dangerous to people and other horses and keping her even at an agistment will cost me money.
It may sound heartless and harsh, but it is definitely something I have considered doing. However, she was origionally my sisters horse who gave her to me after she couldn't handle her, so that makes it trickier - my sister is very unlikely to agree but I can only try.
In response to turning him out with others, he really doesn't care much for the others and it doesn't seem to make a difference.
The problem is sort of moot at the moment anyway, we have had some torrential rain this week and everywhere is flooding (Oh please not a repeat of last years January QLD floods, God no!) so I had to bring the mare home anyway (we are on higher ground) so he is happy and eating once more and as attatched as ever *sigh* and now I feel like a monster for putting him through 5 days of torture only to bring her back! Ughhh. Horses!