Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: San Juan Islands, Washington
Cat as horse companion?
So I'm finally going to be getting a horse and keeping it on our new property. A 9 year old mare that I think has been with other horses her whole life. But we can't have 2 horses (or ponies, or minis). I can't keep up with working them and we can't afford twice the feed. We can't keep goats, b/c they'd just get out of our electric fence, and I'm pretty sure my mom won't let me keep sheep either. We live down a road in the middle of some woods, so no horses where she can see them, either. Anyways, my question is if there is a cat or two around, would they be likely to bond with my horse so that she isn't lonely? We're hopefully going to get a cat or two after we move, so it's not like the cat would really have any companions either. We do have two dogs, but I think that one if them would be more likely to chase my mare than befriend her, and the other just doesn't have horse sense at all. And then, is there some way to introduce cat and horse so that they are more likely to be friends? I mean, I know you can't force that or anything, but is there a way to encourage them? Or if you guys have another idea of a companion for her? Also, if a cat, would age or gender affect it at all?
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