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post #1 of 14 Old 03-04-2016, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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Hello im new to horses and (tell me if this is in the wrong forum). Any who to get to my question. can any horse be a companion horse? Like if one was good with people and other horses and if they new ground manners but never was really broke or shoed?
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I would not get a stallion to be a companion horse, nor would I get a mini to keep a full sized horse company for 2 reasons...possible injury to the mini, even unintentionally and minis have totally different feeding requirements. With that, sure any well mannered, healthy horse would be a good candidate broke to ride or not.
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Thanks for the advice!
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Horses do have sympathies and it's kind of hard to tell in advance if two horses will get along or not. So I guess one of the more important factors is whether your horse will enjoy the companion you get for him. Only your horse will be able to tell you that. I would probably pick a horse that has a similar energy level to yours, e.g. I wouldn't put an old grumpy arthritic horse that has bad days when he doesn't want to move with a young, spunky, playful one.

As you said, I would make sure the horse is good with people and other horses, that it is easy to catch, lead, trailer and is no problem for the farrier.
I would also make sure that the horse is similar in maintenance to his buddy - it's not much companionship if e.g. one horse is a really hard keeper and is on pasture all day while the other gets fat on air and has to be in a dirt paddock. Another thing I would be careful about are the horse's health issues and costs for maintenance. Sure, a companion horse doesn't need to be riding sound, but are you willing to e.g. pay for medication, vet visits, diagnostics (e.g. regular checkups and x-rays), special feed, or special shoes? Does the horse have a degenerative condition that does not make it riding sound and if yes, how fast is it progressing? Does the horse have really good hard feet that only require trims every 4 weeks, or does it have problematic feet that require an experienced trimmer/farrier every month?

So.all thunga considered, there are quite a few considerations to make, and riding is really only a small piece if the puzzle.
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You've already recieved very helpful answers. But I just wanted to add in that I wouldn't get a young, high-enegry and smart warmblood either. The stable I'm at has two of those. In the winter, they are off from work - which means they have LOADS of energy and are bored most of the time. So they are always trying to think of new ways to make our life more 'interesting' The moment they go back into work, they become normal again though, haha. Of course there are calmer warmbloods too, especially older horses - they would be perfect as pasture pets.
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Any horse can be a companion horse however not all horses would be suited to it.

You'd want a fairly easy going, low maintence horse which often rules out a chunk of the horse population. On top of that you want good manners, good on fences etc.

A companion horse doesn't have to have under saddle training but it's important to remember that they still cost a lot. They will still require feeding, dental care, hood care etc. It doesn't make a lot of sense to have an unusable companion horse. More likely than an untrained horse is one that was possibly injured at some point, or a project that's been on hold for so long.
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Hello im new to horses and (tell me if this is in the wrong forum). Any who to get to my question. can any horse be a companion horse? Like if one was good with people and other horses and if they new ground manners but never was really broke or shoed?
It is a pompon to keep mare together and geldings together. I would not want a unhandled horse as you will need to be safe doing things on the ground with it.
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It is a pompon to keep mare together and geldings together. I would not want a unhandled horse as you will need to be safe doing things on the ground with it.
Pompon?
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Pompon?
Common. Not sure why iPad corrected to that.
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A good companion horse should not be overly dominant or aggressive for the other horses sake. We have a great companion for an eighteen month old filly. He is a thirty three year old gelding that has plenty of energy to play with her, will never hurt her, but certainly keeps her in line and teaches her manners. He is also a "rock steady" type that sets a great example for her. Kind of an odd combination but it works great. There are advantages of the right companion other than just being company.
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