Friends of sheep
I have 3 equines. A riding pony, and rescue pony, and a BLM burro. I have a 25 acre pasture and a big square bale of hay in a tombstone horse feeder with a hay chix nibble net. Despite this, the riding pony became obese this winter. I had to pull her out of the pasture and put her in the dry lot/stall paddock combo on the other side of the property. She cannot see the pony and the burro. The rescue pony freaked out when I pulled her, but he seems to be fine now and making better friends with the burro. She seems fine, but I am worried about her mental health. I am riding her 5 miles a day 3-4 days a week weather, time, light permitting. Obviously, it will be a long time before she loses weight. I am weighing her hay and she has toys in the dry lot, but I am thinking of acquiring a sheep for her as a buddy. I do NOT want another equine. I want a small animal that consumes very little, and I used to own goats (too naughty) so I can trim hooves no problem. I am looking at an older, ewe hair sheep (no shearing). Does anyone have experience with a sheep and horse together? I am sure she has IR and will probably not be able to go to pasture until much, much later, when I have a better schedule and can get her Greenguard muzzle on her (when we actually have some grass), but she will still need to probably get put up in the dry lot. The dry lot fencing is horse panels, but I can zip tie some sheep panels to it if needed (my my I do love zip ties).
She lived with goats before and was fine, so I am not worried she will hurt the sheep. I just want her to have a friend that doesn't eat a lot, will bond, and is not creative enough to plot escape. Thoughts? Anyone have a sheep for a horse friend?