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post #1 of 22 Old 04-03-2019, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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non equine companions

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I'm wondering if anyones got experience/ knows about non equine companions for your horses- such as goats or sheep, even pigs...
I've been reading up about the benefits of keeping such animals with horses- they don't get as buddy sour, they are good at preventing pastures from getting horse sick, and even eating potentially poisonous plants for horses... but can you keep them to become part of the horses 'herd' and has anyone heard of a horse being kept with souly non equine companions??

also, if you think this is a bad idea (not that I'm really planning to do this, just wondering) can you keep minis with full horses, and if so are there any specific precautions for keeping shetties?
----ive heard farriers and grazing is an issue (but how do you put a horse on restricted grazing with out doing the same to other horses or separating them)??





(tbh I would probably adopt a horse if I needed a companion but its fun to play around with ideas)



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edit; also is it safe for horses to be around sheep/goat poo? might be a stupid question but since sheep chew their cud I figure it could be quite different to horse poo
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Goats are AMAZING companions for horses I had a friend ho ad two horses one of them died and the other one got super sad. My friend bought a goat to put with the horse and they became best friend! Highly recommend goats!
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post #3 of 22 Old 04-03-2019, 02:38 PM
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Just need to remember that every species has its own requirements for care, feeding, shelter, fencing etc. Adds a layer of complexity. Ponies and donkeys rarely can be grazed freely in wet summer climates. Goats need much better fencing than horses, and cannot tolerate getting wet and cold. Things like that.

I'm looking to add a pair of goats to my menagerie in the next few weeks. My pony will be on stall rest for months and will need buddies.
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Just need to remember that every species has its own requirements for care, feeding, shelter, fencing etc. Adds a layer of complexity. Ponies and donkeys rarely can be grazed freely in wet summer climates. Goats need much better fencing than horses, and cannot tolerate getting wet and cold. Things like that.

I'm looking to add a pair of goats to my menagerie in the next few weeks. My pony will be on stall rest for months and will need buddies.
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Goats are AMAZING companions for horses I had a friend ho ad two horses one of them died and the other one got super sad. My friend bought a goat to put with the horse and they became best friend! Highly recommend goats!
thats so sweet, I'm seeing a massive problem with fences though... looking into it it might not be the best idea, since it seems I might be keeping my horse in a rather wooded area- what with goats being such good climbers... however, I won't cross them off my list, ill be planning a whole damn farm by the time we've moved XD

also, for anyone who would find it interesting I found this;
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I've grazed with both cattle and sheep with success. I do like cattle because they cross-graze nicely with horses, eat down the longer grass and happily graze close to the horse poo
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I'm glad you started this thread. My horse is at my trainer's barn right now with lots of other horses and I am worried about her coming home in a few month and being alone. At the barn she seems to adore a very sassy miniature horse. I really don't want another horse but don't want my horse to feel lonely.
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post #8 of 22 Old 04-11-2019, 01:08 AM
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I used to go by a pasture that had a small herd of Hereford cows and one horse. Apparently the horse thought he was a cow because he was always in the middle, doing what they did. When they were laying down he was too; if they were all standing under a tree, so was he. This horse even had the same coloring--sorrel with a big blaze and 4 socks! So cute. :)

I saw on another message board someone warning about goats because a goat chewed off their horses long tail. And I saw an ad on Craigslist a few months ago for a qh mare someone wanted to get rid of because she was buddy sour with a goat! They said this mare refused to do anything without the goat and they were tired of it and just wanted somebody to come take her away.
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Our horses co-graze with donkeys and beef cattle. Donkeys can make excellent companions for horses.











They're also very touchy-feely!



But of course, donkeys are also equines!

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@SueC What is your experience keeping a donkey? Are they easier than a horse? My main concern is that if I get a companion for my mare I would love for animal to be less work. If it is just as much work and cost as a horse I might as well get another horse!


And love the photos, your donkeys are really cute!
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