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post #1 of 17 Old 07-10-2010, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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Questions about a 2nd horse

I just got my horse about 2 months ago. I am having fun riding and having her around, but she seems lonely. She is super interested in the neighbor horses, but they are several houses down the road. So, I am contemplating getting her a friend. So, I assume not all horses like each other, so how do I buy another horse without knowing if they will like each other? Would a gelding be a better choice than another mare?

I live near Houston, Tx, so if anyone has a reasonably priced horse -something for a beginner rider so that some of my non-horsey friends can come ride with me would be perfect.
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post #2 of 17 Old 07-10-2010, 03:10 PM
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Most horses will get along together after a while, regardless of gender. But geldings do warm-up quicker usually.
Another, cheaper way to give your horse a companion is to get her a donkey, miniature horse, goat, sheep, or cow.

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post #3 of 17 Old 07-10-2010, 10:17 PM
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Originally Posted by BanaerEskies View Post
So, I assume not all horses like each other, so how do I buy another horse without knowing if they will like each other? Would a gelding be a better choice than another mare?
It's fairly unusual that they won't get along after the normal few days of butt kicking to decide who is boss. The only time I've seen two horse not get along is when they were both strong alphas. If one doesn't give eventually give in, you'll have trouble.

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post #4 of 17 Old 07-11-2010, 02:01 AM
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I strongly feel horses need other equine friends.

I have a friend in Brazoria, so not too far from Houston, who needs to find homes for some of her horses. I will pm you her email addy so you can contact her and see if she has anything that will work out for you.
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post #5 of 17 Old 07-11-2010, 02:08 AM
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Horses def need friends! That's one of the only upsides (imo) of bording barns, plenty of other horses for socialization!

If you can't afford/exercise/maintain another horse I second the suggestion of another type of companion animal for your horse. They are social, herd animals and having a friend is so important for their mental health :)

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post #6 of 17 Old 07-12-2010, 03:34 AM
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I know people who had a mini as a companion to a larger horse. I know someone else who kept a goat as a companion animal. If you don't have the time to ride two or the budget for a second horse something like this might work.

As far as getting along goes... I currently have 10 horses at my place. I move around the arrangements according to my various whims, but I generally have 6 of them in a herd situation. For brand new horse introductions, there is usually a few day-few week agitation period where there is some kicking or biting all around, but then the herd gets quite peaceful. I agree that two strongly dominant horses is more difficult, though, if they don't have a herd to fight over, they too will likely learn to get along.
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post #7 of 17 Old 07-15-2010, 05:11 PM
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Watch out getting a second horse. Many horses as long as you entertain them and ride them won't pine that much for a friend. Horses like companionship but if you are their herd leader they are just as happy with you.

I wouldn't do it since many times you end up with a horse that becomes friend bound and gives all types of trouble if the other horse is left behind and vice versa. You may be opening a can of worms by doing this.
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Some horses can do well by themselves and other cannot live without a herd (even a herd of 2). Since she seems lonely, there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to get her a friend to give her some companionship for when you aren't around. Pretty much the only no-no for a companion for her would be a stallion, anything else is good. I hope you can find something suitable for both you and your girl.

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post #9 of 17 Old 07-15-2010, 05:28 PM
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I hate seeing horses alone. We bought a mini to be my gelding's sole companion for a year, and he loved her. If you only want another horse for a companion, I suggest getting a miniature horse. If you have the time and recourses to care for and exercise two full-size horses, then go ahead and get one, but gender doesn't really matter (as long as there's no stallions in the mix)
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post #10 of 17 Old 07-16-2010, 06:54 AM
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Originally Posted by equiniphile View Post
If you have the time and recourses to care for and exercise two full-size horses, then go ahead and get one, but gender doesn't really matter (as long as there's no stallions in the mix)
I do beg to differ on the gender doesn't matter. Our neighbor was given a gelding by a lady who had had him as a companion for her older mare. Her mare passed and she no longer wanted to keep a horse. They took him in as a companion for their mare. Talk about studdish behavior. They couldn't take the mare out of the pen without him and her throwing a fit. They tried to get both of them past it, but it didn't work. They ended up rehoming him again. He literally broke their wood fence trying to get out and follow her. I am sure I have read of others having this problem on this and other forums so just be careful of the temperament of any horse you might buy, or you will be on here asking how solve the problem.

I agree with the others on a mini or a goat if you don't need a second riding horse.
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