Okay, I'm looking for a little advice.
My first horse, Pistol, is a great horse, even if he is spooky, bullheaded, and not that well trained.
He lives in a 5-10 acre pasture, all to himself. The only animals that he really has to socialize with are the dogs, which he aren't fond of.
That's why we want to get another horse so he will have a buddy.
Our pasture isn't goat-proof, so that's out of the picture. Besides, a calm horse would be great to have for my inexperienced friend to ride, and for my little cousins, many of whom seem interested in horses... I can think of two or three, anyway. LOL. Anyway, the pasture mate is going to be a horse.
That stated, my horse tends to be low in the pecking order, or so he was when he was in his previous home. When we got him, he had several bite marks from his fellows.
He is probably so low in the pecking order because he is short, at 14.2 hands high. That is where our problem is.
I want the next horse to be tall, because my pawpaw wants one he can ride (he bought Pistol for me, and built the barn and fence). However, I don't want the new horse to pick on Pistol (or, for that matter, the other way around).
But here's what I was thinking. We have a large pasture, and if they had a disagreement, there would be plenty of room for them to separate and cool off at one another.
If that's true, we should be okay if we get a horse who turns out to be bossy around other horses, right? Surely he wouldn't just stand there like an idiot being bitten.