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  • Goats for pasture mate
  • Mini donkey are they good pasture mate for horse

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    05-15-2013, 09:39 AM
Pasture mate.

I don't know where the best place is to post this. I will be moving my 6yr old QH to my house. She has always been around other horses. I only have her and fear she will be lonely by herself as horses are herd animals. I don't think I can afford the maintenance of another horse right now. What would be a good alternative pasture mate? I want to sadly steer away from goats as they will chew up her tail. What about donkeys? Do they need the Same frequency in their farrier and dental work? Looking for a easy keeper cost effective option.
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    05-15-2013, 09:55 AM
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Originally Posted by LuckyRVT    
I want to sadly steer away from goats as they will chew up her tail.
Maybe I'm just lucky but my goats (2, one "old lady" and one youngster) would not dream of touching my mare's tail.
Depending on your situation, you might be able to find some similar goats. I imagine that a tail might start looking tasty if they don't have adequate forage [adequate, as in 40 billion different things for them to eat whenever, ] so I'd bet you wouldn't have a problem as long as there are plenty of interesting things to munch on, besides your horse's tail.

I'm not super familiar with donkeys but I thiiiink they're similar to horses, in terms of farrier/vet needs. But I could be so wrong. Haha Luckily there are quite a few people on the HoFo that know a lot about donkeys! :)
    05-15-2013, 07:39 PM
If you are thinking about a donkey, why not just get a small retired horse. If you make sure they are a good doer retired due to injury it really would be the best for her to be with another horse. Horses are herd animals and need other horses to feel secure. Donkeys do make good companions but another horse is best
    05-17-2013, 03:07 PM
I've never had a problem with our goat chewing on our horses. They're real easy to take care of, so I wouldn't be so quick to look past them.

Mini donkeys are pretty easy, too. At least compared to horses. They do need hoof trimmings just like horses, but they usually don't need dental work (at least ours hasn't, and my vet told me they normally don't need to be floated like horses). They're hardy and easy keepers. They also tend to be docile, whereas goats can be ornery.

I wouldn't think a mini horse or small pony would be much more expensive than a donkey. That might be an option, too.
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    05-26-2013, 04:04 PM
Hey! I had the same type of situation a little while ago! I had 2 horses but we had to sell one because it was becoming too dangerous! I was scared he would be lonely or become out of hand due to being bored! I had a donkey with him for about 6 months before I got a rescue horse which now keeps him company! He was quite happy with the donkey! (Ruth!) We didn't have any issues and the donkey was a easy keeper!
Good Luck!
    05-26-2013, 04:21 PM
Years ago I had a goat as a companion for my one horse. They were best buds and the horse's tail suffered no damage. But you do need field fencing to keep a goat in...probably for minis also.

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