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Plains Drifter 08-06-2009 10:15 PM

Close bond question
I'm thinking of getting another yearling. Right now my yearling is seperated by herself from the other horses on the property (they are all ex racing thoroughbreds.) So she and I have developed a very close bond/friendship. If I were to get another yearling would I have to keep them seperated to keep that bond? Would putting them together end our bond together and what about bonding with the new yearling? Anyone have any thoughts and/or ideas? Thanks!

MacabreMikolaj 08-06-2009 10:23 PM

I really don't think so. I haven't seen an issue yet. My mare can get real stupid when she's with a herd and she's out of sight (she's fine to ride alone, but if I take her into a stall to tack up, she'll go berserk if nobody is in sight) but I wouldn't say it's affected our "bond". She still comes when I call, she's still happy to chill with me, she just wants her horse buddies to be in sight.

Me and Shay-la own 2 year old fillies that are best friends and prefer to be together, but they still both come running over when they see us, all full of love and affection.

So yeah, keeping your horse isolated DOES make them more "dependent" on you and less likely to be herd sour, but at the same time, if you have a chance to let your yearling have a buddy, I think it's selfish to take that away from her. Horses are social creatures and we just can't be there 24/7. I wouldn't call it a bond, so much as it is they're SO excited at companionship when you show up and free them from isolation, it seems like this really good "bond". But really, you're just starving them of a natural born trait.

I say for sure keep them together. And your current filly will actually help your new filly interact happily with you. Monkey see, monkey do!

mom2pride 08-07-2009 12:01 AM

I agree...if you have the opportunity to give your filly a companion, do so...

If you are out there everyday, you won't see your bond with your horse disappear. It's good for horses to have other horsey companions :D

TroubledTB 08-07-2009 12:59 AM

I actually don't agree totally, I think two young horses of the same age competing for your attention could create a situation. I think having her develop a friendship with someone else's horse would be ideal because then they each have their own 'mommies' to love and be protective over. Also, because they are both yours there will be very little chance they will ever be very far apart from each other. Even if you move the herd will still have a few consistent herd members, and they will start to realize they are always going to be companions. If you are concerned about these issues already, I think you might be better satisfied with a situation where your horse had companions, but you are still special when it comes to your filly. But these are only considerations, I'm not saying it is wrong to own two young horses, I just was trying to express how I see the scenario playing out with your questions in mind.

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