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post #11 of 53 Old 10-23-2014, 08:48 AM
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You could buy a pony. I don't know how much they go for but it can be your horse's pasture mate and you could cart-train it so it has something to do besides getting fat.

Congratz on your new horse! I think you handled her well too. For riding, if she does and has good ground manners and respects you, and you feel comfortable,'then ride in an enclosed area.

Edit: Check the area around that part of the fence for anything that might be spooking her something she wouldn't be comfortable with.
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post #12 of 53 Old 10-23-2014, 09:03 AM
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You did well with her challange. One thing I might mention about getting another horse or pony, you could have another problem with separation anxiety with either the new horse or yours, this could also be a problem for you. Some horses really do like to be with other horses and some manage with other animals like goats and the goat won't be a problem if you take the horse out to ride.
I would wait a while for her to settle in to her new home before looking at getting another horse and I would be very sure that the new horse is ok being left by itself before making a definite commitment.
Is it the fence line toward where the other horses are that she paces?

Sometimes I would bring my horse home for the summer and board it in the winter with other horses. We had cattle here for company but I borrowed an older horse for the first month until he settled down and got used to the cattle then the other horse went home and he was fine with that.
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post #13 of 53 Old 10-23-2014, 09:56 AM
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I agree that she seems to need another horse as a companion.
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post #14 of 53 Old 10-23-2014, 11:38 AM
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Congratulations on your new horse. You did very well with her not wanting to be caught.

I am of the mind that it's cruel to keep horses alone....they are herd animals (meant to be with other horses) and being alone causes many of the tons of stress. When horses are stressed bad things happen including ulcers, which by the way could end up costing you more than another horse. It could be a pony or mini and you could probably find one free to a good home just to keep her company.

I'm not sure how you can "watch" her, as what will happen to her is most likely to be on the inside, not something visible to the eye.
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post #15 of 53 Old 10-23-2014, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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I currently dont have enough room for another equine I dont feel like it would be fair for me to put another on one acre with her and the two goats. She has also only been here for four days as of today, I am keeping another equine in mind if she doesn't settle but I want to give her a few weeks first and if she's still doing it I'm going to rush putting up some fence and get her another companion.
Dont worry guys I want her to be happy and I wont ignore her needs if that ends up being what she needs, and if I cant provide that for some reason I'll rehome her.

Her Pacing is less today and she's sticking with her goat buddies more she's letting them in her space totally today which surprised me.
The fence she is pacing on is not the side the neighbors horses are on the only thing that way is woods. I saw some foxes come out and walk the fence the other night but they didn't seem to bother her much at the time? I do night checks on my animals because we do have stray dogs around here that cause issues sometimes. Should I dispose of the foxes? I've never been concerned with them because they cant do much or get in my fencing.
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post #16 of 53 Old 10-23-2014, 11:44 AM
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While I'm of the mind that a horse should have another horse companion, I know a lot of people do have goats in with horses.

Go to the "Member Journal" section and read Wallaby's journal "Lacey, Fabio, and me" to see her experience with some adorable goats and her two wonderful horses (Warning: You will need a good chunk of time and probably some tissues to read the journal beginning to end- but it's worth it! :))
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post #17 of 53 Old 10-23-2014, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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Congratulations on your new horse. You did very well with her not wanting to be caught.

I am of the mind that it's cruel to keep horses alone....they are herd animals (meant to be with other horses) and being alone causes many of the tons of stress. When horses are stressed bad things happen including ulcers, which by the way could end up costing you more than another horse. It could be a pony or mini and you could probably find one free to a good home just to keep her company.

I'm not sure how you can "watch" her, as what will happen to her is most likely to be on the inside, not something visible to the eye.

I respect your opinion but I dont personally agree with it as I know many people who keep horses without other horses and they are happy. You are very much entitled to your beliefs but you'll have to forgive me for having differing ones. :( I do believe there are horses that cant do without others and if she is one of those horses I will deal with things accordingly.
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post #18 of 53 Old 10-23-2014, 12:47 PM
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Give her a little more time to settle in. Do you know if she was stalled at her last home? I don't think this is an issue with not having other horses, because if it was she would be pacing the side of the fence where the others are. But she is on the far side pacing the woods. She could "see something" out there. My mare will sometimes stop and stare out into the desert for no reason that I could see. The horse is probably upset by some animal that currently resides in those woods. Or she's just acting on an old habit.

Give her time.
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post #19 of 53 Old 10-23-2014, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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She was stalled at her old home. I've only seen her pace a small bit today so far and it wasn't the full side. I just went out and got a few pictures, they're not the best quality but figured I'd post them anyways. :)
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post #20 of 53 Old 10-23-2014, 02:07 PM
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She's pretty. The goats seem to like her.

Suggestion? On pic #2, see the gap in the hog panels, at the top? She could easily get her halter caught in there. You may want to seal that in some way.
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