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post #11 of 12 Old 02-20-2011, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Tennessee View Post
Would you mind explaining this to me? I was thinking of letting an alpaca with one of our horses.
Mainly because alpacas are pretty soft animals compaired to horses, even compaired to minis. Sometimes the calmest of horses just have spirts of energy and might play to rough and actually hurt the animal or act aggressively towards it. If your horse is alone with the alpaca it might be different, and if you have a calm horse who has seen alpacas before and won't act aggresive around it. I know the first time my gelding was in the same pen with a heifer he chased it out. (The heifers had broke into his pasture, and he was used to being alone.) But he'd seen the heifers every day in a pen right next to his, so it's not like he didn't know what they were. I volunteer at a alpaca farm and train them, along with a couple of Llamas.

I suppose this wouldn't be much different than ponies, but I've seen plenty of people with ponies and horses together.
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post #12 of 12 Old 02-20-2011, 09:57 PM
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We keep our minis (two donkeys and a mule) with our regular sized horses. The donkeys generally stay off on their own, but will graze with the herd; the mule gets in there, beats up the yearling and the 3-year-old and then hides under the "big boys".

His best friends are/were Bruce and Randy, who are/were 16'3 and 17hh respectively. Randy got sold today, hence the partial past-tense.

We've not had any problems, although I know it isn't always the case. We used to have a standard (on the large side of that, too) donkey who was GREAT with everything, except miniatures; he went after them with blood-craving passion. It was so bad (him trying to tear down fences to get to the minis) that we had to sell him.
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