Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
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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