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post #1 of 6 Old 10-25-2014, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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Horses feeling lonely

Hey everyone!

So I've been thinking about owning a horse, but I have one thing that hasn't been clear for me. Since the stables where I'm training are quite far away, I was thinking of establishing a stall just next to my house. We have a lot of space and good conditions, but the only thing that's bothering me is that the horse will feel lonely without other horse friends around. Would it affect it's efficiency while exercising or competing? Should I take the horse to the other stables sometimes?

Thank you for your attention, I'd be grateful is somebody helped me out
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Hey everyone!

So I've been thinking about owning a horse, but I have one thing that hasn't been clear for me. Since the stables where I'm training are quite far away, I was thinking of establishing a stall just next to my house. We have a lot of space and good conditions, but the only thing that's bothering me is that the horse will feel lonely without other horse friends around. Would it affect it's efficiency while exercising or competing? Should I take the horse to the other stables sometimes?

Thank you for your attention, I'd be grateful is somebody helped me out
Horses usually do best with some kind of companion can be a goat, a mini, another horse. Although I have heard of some horses doing fine alone, I was always taught they did better with some kind of companion

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post #3 of 6 Old 10-25-2014, 03:08 PM
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Horses are herd animals and should not be kept alone or without at least the company of another equine - a pony or a donkey. It is best if you can find a trustworthy barn in your area where to board your horse - or get him equine company, maybe an older "pasture ornament", if you don't have the time to work two horses. Think of their needs, not of your comforts!

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Horses definitely like to have friends around, they're herd animals and like to be social. You might consider getting a mini just as a buddy, my mini donkey is very easy to take care of and relatively cheap. He and my mare get along wonderfully and they've bonded quite well - so I would definitely recommend providing a friend. :)
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Yes, horses are herd animals & while they generally tend to survive OK alone, companionship is best for their health & wellbeing.... and I like my horses to do better than just survive anyway As others have said though, it doesn't necessarily have to be another horse - other herd animals can be fine.

Re your stall idea, why the stall? I ask because it seems common in many parts to keep horses cooped up in stables, rather than out being... horses! If you have the land, I'd build a 'run in' shelter if there is no other, and if you don't have the land, I would board him at a property, rather than keep a horse stabled/in a small yard eternally.
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Hey everyone!

So I've been thinking about owning a horse, but I have one thing that hasn't been clear for me. Since the stables where I'm training are quite far away, I was thinking of establishing a stall just next to my house. We have a lot of space and good conditions, but the only thing that's bothering me is that the horse will feel lonely without other horse friends around. Would it affect it's efficiency while exercising or competing? Should I take the horse to the other stables sometimes?

Thank you for your attention, I'd be grateful is somebody helped me out
My horse injured himself when he was left alone once. He tried to jump a fence to get to the horses a few paddocks away. After he hurt himself I had to keep him stalled for a month and every day when his stall mates got turned out he'd throw his head and neigh. He knicked himself on the stall window a few times because of it. I'd say you should get a pasture buddy for your horse even if it's not another horse. Goats are loud and annoying so maybe a mini pony?

Oh, and my neighbor's horse neighs and paces nonstop whenever it gets left alone.
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