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post #11 of 20 Old 08-06-2009, 06:49 AM
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As above. Depending on amount of land available, cows are good because they and horses cross graze and that helps to keep your pasture more even.

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post #12 of 20 Old 08-06-2009, 02:37 PM
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Absolutely you can! any of the above posted will make a fantastic companion animal! Good on you for looking into it. You should check your local rescue to see what you can get. Any horse or other animal that was on its way for slaughter will make an outstanding pasture companion to a horse.

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post #13 of 20 Old 08-06-2009, 02:41 PM
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Great point My2Geldings - Rescues are great places to find companion's for your horse!

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post #14 of 20 Old 08-07-2009, 01:04 AM
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Goats, llamas, and Mini donkeys make fabulous horse companions... a cow on the other hand will take just as much, if not more than a horse to feed, so you will want to take that into account when considering a horse companion.

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post #15 of 20 Old 08-07-2009, 10:46 PM
 
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horses are very versatile animals. i have worked on horses that are in all types of environments and with all types of animals. in fact the more types of animals they are around, the better it is for you.
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post #16 of 20 Old 08-07-2009, 11:46 PM
 
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Oh I will so second the "rescue animal" pasture mate :) And as for goats, they do well with horses but they are THE HARDEST creature to fence in. It didnt take me long to decide that I would rather deal with a 5 beligerant horses as just one "fence houdini" goat LOL The goats had to go - I moved a rescue horse in :) Nothing against goats mind you but I do hate having to go round them up LOL My old horse is alone in the pasture and his BFF's are a barn cat and one very cranky hen ;)
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post #17 of 20 Old 08-08-2009, 07:49 AM
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Really good idea, getting a "buddy" for your horse!

Cows can chew horse tails (like, down to baby foal tail length), but every horse I know that that happened to lived with a herd of cows, so one probably isn't bad. We had a calf born a few years ago who needed to be bottle fed (the goof apparently had no clue what to do with 'mama") and he lived in the barn with the horses for nearly 2 years. My sisters QH actually "taught" the calf to smile! So cute!

Any of the critters mentioned would be awesome, but I think my choice would be a burro or a mini.

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post #18 of 20 Old 08-08-2009, 09:33 AM
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I keep my one old cow in the pasture with my older gelding, and they get along great. They spend their day slapping flies off of each other.

And, I am about to get a llama and put it in one of the horse pastures. =]

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post #19 of 20 Old 08-08-2009, 10:49 PM
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I second the BLM burro suggestion. It sounds like a great way to find a semi-cheap companion animal for your horse. Cows are pretty great creatures. I love them. But they most definately will cost as much, but more than likely quite a bit more to feed than even a second horse.

Just a thought.

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post #20 of 20 Old 08-12-2009, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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i would love to have A rescue..... but i am a beginer so how would i know how to handle wild horses? then again if i got a goat i would have to get two, and a cow is almost as much as a horse and they would eat up the pasture. ugh!!!!!
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