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post #1 of 10 Old 12-09-2007, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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Pasture Problems...

I have a 3 year old Paint filly who is currently being boarded with another quarter horse gelding and a pony gelding. Next spring we are going to bring her home to the house.

Only one thing concerns me, will she be fine with no other horses? We really can't afford to buy any other horses right now.
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post #2 of 10 Old 12-09-2007, 03:12 PM
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When Blu goes to pasture every year he goes alone. I can't afford another horse either. And he won't have decent shelter at the fairgrounds when its cold. He does fine. Also his pasture isn't really big and...it's a little ways behind a small restaurant where he watches all the people. I know sounds weird. Blu is a really big people horse. He likes company but I guess he just knows he will be going back to other horses soon. I know this probably didn't help but...I'm pretty sure your horse will do fine with daily time with you... :)

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post #3 of 10 Old 12-09-2007, 03:38 PM
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Re: Pasture Problems...

If you spend a lot of time with her she should probably be okay. Just watch for any new bad habits which may stem from loneliness. Or maybe consider getting her a goat or dog or other companion.
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post #4 of 10 Old 12-09-2007, 06:29 PM
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Yeah, we had a big sheep named Johny Lamb Chops that we kept with one of the horses. I loved him!
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post #5 of 10 Old 12-10-2007, 12:27 AM
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My horse absolutely hates being alone. His entire life, he's had someone with him. For six years he lived with a mare named Leah, and now he lives with a mare named Rachel and a colt named Tobey at the stable I board at. If the barn owners bring in Rachel and Tobey, Solomon, my boy, freaks out. He will not be in his pen by himself. He tried to break out to catch up with them and got electrified six times before he tried to jump the fence, which he did and thank god he didn't get hurt! It took is a long time to get him used to being alone. I'd sit out there with him in the pen, just so he'd calm down, but as soon as I left, he'd start pacing and calling out.

We've finally got him used to being alone but it wasn't easy.

Not all horses are this difficult though. :) My mom had a horse who lived with others whens he was a foal and when she moved her she could care less about being alone, even when there wasn't another horse in sight or sound, she was fine.
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post #6 of 10 Old 12-10-2007, 06:42 AM
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You can get little pony or a goat, or as suggested a sheep. Goats and sheep make great companions from what I heard.
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post #7 of 10 Old 12-11-2007, 01:08 PM
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my friend had a goat in with her solo horse...it seemed to work nicely. I also agree that spending a lot of time with her would be important.
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post #8 of 10 Old 12-11-2007, 08:50 PM
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I totally agree with the other people you could get some goats to keep her company. I have a friends that keeps the appy stud in the oasture with 12 goats!! I know its crazy but there all happy together out there and if you not crazy about getting goats you could think about your parents gettin another horse or a pony/minature what ever your decision is I hope it goes good! Good luck!
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post #9 of 10 Old 12-12-2007, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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Thanx guys!

Yeah I was thinking about getting a pony or a goat but my mom just said she wants this one colt named Red for company. He's ok in my oppinion but hey I can't belive she is thinking bout gettin another horse! He's 16hh 3 years old and he's gelded but still spunky lol he is a Tennessee Walker/Quarter Horse very impressive champions on his dads side, not so much on his moms. Lol
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post #10 of 10 Old 03-02-2009, 04:58 PM
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I like the goats as a companion. Or you could rescue a pony. Wouldn't cost much and it might be fun to work with a pony. :]

Another option would be seeing if someone wanted to pay to keep their horse on your property. That way you could slightly profit from having the horses there. We are thinking about doing that when we move Indy towards the end of the spring. Let us know what you decide to do :]
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