I had a few questions about getting a goat as a companion for my future horse. I am in the process of adopting a horse from a rescue near me. The lady who runs it offered me a free buddy horse for the one I'm adopting, however I don't think I can care for 2 horses. So, she said getting a goat would be fine.
My questions are -
What sort of goat would be best to get, just as a friend?
I guess size would play into that, so I'll give some info. The horse I'm interested in he is about 15 hands, or at least right in that area. He is also pretty mellow, or at least what I've gathered from him. He is 18 years old, and he is currently turned out in a small herd.
And, while grooming him and such at the rescue, there were chickens and dogs underfoot & he didn't mind those at all.
Also, what sort of arrangements should I make for shelter and a water bucket and such?
I didn't plan on getting a goat. Haha. I only have one stall, that will allow for 24/7 turn out. Will the goat go in the stall with the horse? Or will that create problems?
Should I get a baby? An adult?
And how do you introduce the two.. would it be okay to have one in the field & then get the other and add it in later? Like assuming I get the horse & then a few days later introduce the goat in?
Any information you can toss at me would be wonderful.
I've tried doing some research. But, since I don't know what breed of goat I'm after, I don't really know what path to follow.
Sorry if most of these questions have already been answered, I tried to search first but couldn't come up with much.