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post #1 of 7 Old 04-26-2013, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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Horse first time being alone!

So just to start off i dont really know where i should put this thread but anyways.... So we bought a new horse! She has been boarded at my riding stable for the last month(till we finished the barn) anyways she coming home in the next week or two weeks. She has never being alone before and I don't have any other horses/animals to keep her company (we do have a dog but she never seen a horse in her life!) buying another pet is not a option so does anyone have any tips of making sure she does get lonely? I'll be with her every second I have but I do still have school!
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-26-2013, 04:22 PM
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Keep hay in front of her and see if you can find some toys she'll play with.

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post #3 of 7 Old 04-26-2013, 04:36 PM
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Really, no other animal at all?! Not even a little goat, a llama, sheep, something? sigh. How about getting someone else to board their horse with you. Horses are herd animals and keeping them alone is well, it would be like sentencing you to solitary confinement for the rest of your life. Not a good thing.
Do keep hay in front of her and try to spend as much time as you can being her leader. Stand watch for her when she's eating at meal times that will help some.
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post #4 of 7 Old 04-27-2013, 12:43 AM
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I have 4 horses and one boarded here, during the summer we take the horses up a mile from here to graze, sometimes I bring my mare home by herself for a couple weeks or more, so long as they have food/water they should be ok. Go out and spend as much time as you can with the horse because they do get lonely........

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post #5 of 7 Old 04-27-2013, 01:31 AM
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I have a gelding who strangely enough likes to be alone. Hes been an only horse multiple times and didnt mind at all. We did get a second horse this past fall and we did notice a huge change in him, more playful etc.
Although I should say when he was an only horse he did have barn cats at my moms and two dogs in an outdoor run right beside him at my old place.
To help keep him entertained while I wasnt with him we had a mirror set up so he can look at himself, radio on, outdoor light on at night, lots of stall toys and "toys" in the pasture. He seemed to enjoy that a lot.
In all honesty though, I would try to save up and get him a friend. A small pony, goat, sheep etc. something that can be out in pasture with him but doesnt cost as much as another horse for upkeep.
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post #6 of 7 Old 04-27-2013, 01:54 AM
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Oh we also have a tiny mini sized stuff horse that has stiff legs so it stands up. We used to put it with him. There were days though he would pick it up and toss it trying to kick at it. Other days he would just stand there watching over it. I still have it in the pasture with both of them.
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You will most likely have a lot of yelling for a couple of days but they will settle down. Spend lots of time with them. My 3 year old just left for training and left my QH all alone, he yelled and screamed for 2 day and now just looks pissed at me and angry that he is alone. He has alpacas that he could be in a field with but he decided to chase one around their shelter a couple of laps so that is not happening. Lots of grooming, hand walks and attention will help.
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