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post #11 of 14 Old 07-14-2014, 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Saskia View Post
I don't think it will work out. Too different animals.

Could you look at offering agistment for someone else's horse? They could pay to keep a retired horse there, or even someone you could ride with? Horses really are better with others of their own kind.
^^^ This is probably the easiest way to provide a companion for your horse without incurring additional costs. Just make sure you spell out ahead of time what the person is going to pay or provide (feed, bedding, etc.) and have a written contract. Make sure it's clear that you're not signing up for a free lease and you won't be covering vet or farrier bills.
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post #12 of 14 Old 07-14-2014, 01:22 PM
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Your horse is really going to need another herd animal as a companion. If you have the ability to be out there with your mare to just hang out while she grazes and that is the ONLY option, then it might work...but then what happens if your schedule changes? You want to go out with friends? Your family decides to go on vacation? Circumstances can change unexpectedly, and depending on how independent your mare is or isn't, it can change her world drastically. High stress can lead to colic and colic can sometimes lead to death. If you at least have a sheep, mini, donkey, llama, alpaca, or really any other herd animal that would be ideal if you can't have another full size horse.

Or as Saskia mentioned, offering pasture "board" for someone's horse, even if they are just paying for feed and time feeding.
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post #13 of 14 Old 07-14-2014, 03:10 PM
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Nope, cat won't work. My barn is full of cats/kittens and about all the attention the horses pay them is enough not to step on them. I know you mentioned getting a mare that is currently kept with horses. If you can only keep one horse keep looking around for a horse that has been kept alone successfully. My mare was kept alone for 2 years before we got her with no problems. She is now the alpha mare to our herd of 4.
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post #14 of 14 Old 07-15-2014, 05:50 AM
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Not criticizing in any way, but have you owned a horse before? I only ask since you say you cannot afford the feed for two horses. Even if you can afford the feed for one horse there are so many other costs to consider - they are definitely not a cheap hobby

Will you have the funds for any emergency vet needs? It is an awful situation to be in when your horse needs treatment and you are suddenly scrambling to cover the costs of an unexpected vet bill.
I'm sure it is a very exciting time for you but its wise to consider every possible outcome of horse ownership before committing.
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