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post #11 of 17 Old 11-18-2009, 06:23 PM
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Some years back I had a very independent bossy mare who was absolutely fine living by herself. For a while we had a gelding and she was not happy with him there at all. Fast forward to my draft gelding and he was obviously not happy by himself. We bought his half brother and they are getting along fabulously. All that to say, I think a lot of the answer to this question depends on the personality of the horse in question.
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post #12 of 17 Old 11-18-2009, 06:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Jessabel View Post
It depends on the horse.
That is so very true !
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post #13 of 17 Old 11-18-2009, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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So it sounds like if I get a horse that doesn't mind being by herself, then I'll be in trouble if I want to get a second or third horse down the line.

And if I get a horse that would be happy with future additions, he'll be sad in the meantime.

I guess it's time to look into the feasibility of taking care of a goat/sheep/donkey/minidonk in addition to a horse.

With that in mind, anyone have a preferred extra animal to keep their horse company?
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post #14 of 17 Old 11-18-2009, 10:57 PM
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I've kept my horses alone sometimes when I've had to. It's not ideal, and they do get depressed, but they survive. It helps if they live with other livestock, or at least across the fence from other herd animals.
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post #15 of 17 Old 11-18-2009, 10:59 PM
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Oh wow. I stopped reading before the last one :S Yeah, goats are mischevious but they do make good companions. Miniature Donkeys or Miniature Horses are good too.
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post #16 of 17 Old 11-18-2009, 11:00 PM
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Originally Posted by AlmostThere View Post
Since horses are herd animals, is it okay to own just one horse?
Good luck with that. They just seem to start following you home once you get started.

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post #17 of 17 Old 11-19-2009, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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Sometimes I consider starting with two - especially with the number of ads out there with more than one horse for sale from the same home.

But, my husband doesn't want me to go overboard; also, this will be my first experience with having a horse on my own property and I don't want to bite off more than I can chew.
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