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post #1 of 17 Old 02-20-2016, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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Rescued a Paso Fino Stallion

He is 7 years old. I have had him for around 2 weeks. I have had a mare in the past many years ago. Have some horse knowledge.
He has been ridden . His previous owner did not take care of him, Hooves were horrible and he was underweight was always kept in a stall. He was cribbing, and only allowed to see the mares on the other owners property his mane was in dreads because he was braided at some point and they never took care of it , I had to cut .
Since I have had him he has been vetted, hooves done, wormed etc.
Let me just say I did not rescue him to ride him - I rescued him to save him :)
His disposition is sound - but still not trusting. Skiddish about being brushed and will not budge without a lead rope.
I have been working with him just touching him and rubbing him on his face. Simple hand movements that are too fast by his face he has a problem with.

I have in my backyard pasture not locked up anymore. But he does have a stall to go to.

He does come to the gate every morning when he sees me and I do give him a treat. Is that wrong?

Also he is alone out there and I would like to get a companion animal for him. I cannot afford another horse, and I do not want a dog outside already have 3 inside.

Any suggestions for a companion animal for him?


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post #2 of 17 Old 02-20-2016, 05:47 PM
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After he's gelded, a goat might be nice company for him if you can't afford another horse or a donkey.
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i agree with a goat and a must have is pictures!
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post #4 of 17 Old 02-20-2016, 06:41 PM
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Since I have had him he has been vetted, hooves done, wormed etc.
Let me just say I did not rescue him to ride him - I rescued him to save him :)


The horse has now been "saved", and is now getting the care and attention that he deserves. My question to you is, what is your ultimate goal for him? I happen to like stallions but feel that many of them would make better geldings. Something for you to consider since he is already broke to ride and his potential should probably be as good riding horse.

I do feed treats, but, if he already comes to the gate and is easy to catch, I suggest feeding treats after or during your working with him as a reward.

As for a companion for him. . . .an equine is best, but I have seen goats and sheep work well, and in one situation a horse and an old milk cow were the best of friends. Some horses do better having a companion on the other side of the fence as they can be too rough with the smaller animals including ponies and minis.
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He seems like a very nice stallion, if you had access to one I would have said a gelding preferably one that acts calm too, like an older horse. It's worked in the past with my stallions, but just in case it takes a turn for the worse you might want to have someone experienced on hand during the first few meetings. Goats or cows are also nice to have with horses, but feeding a cow can be a bit pricey while a goat can easily adapt to pretty much any feed, and will cut out any weeds if he goes out to pasture.

There's nothing wrong with feeding treats as long as he doesn't get mouthy or nippy with you, just don't overdo it... At the same time you feed him you should pet his face and body.
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A horse would be ideal but another similar type of companion would be suitable for some horses (not all). I would never keep a horse without another horse. You also need to learn how to care for that animal properly as well.

Leave his face alone. That's the least of your worries. I agree to get him gelded asap. What condition is he in? I hope the vet gave you some care advice? If he's not horrible I would schedule the gelding immediately, but if he is very underweight he may have to wait. The rest he just needs time for.

I'm not big on treats as they are often overdone and I want my horse to like to see ME not food. Not anti treat just I personally wouldn't for that but nothing bad with that, except you really don't know him and how he will respond yet. BUT I NEVER hand feed stallions nor do I know anyone who would. So, no, I wouldn't recommend it at all. A treat in a bucket when training would be appropriate.
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Be careful. Many times when rescues feel better their true colors come out & they not be your favorite color.
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post #8 of 17 Old 02-21-2016, 07:04 AM
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I agree that another horse would be the best companion, but he should be gelded if that's going to happen, especially if it's a mare!
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post #9 of 17 Old 02-21-2016, 03:42 PM
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I agree that another horse would be the best companion, but he should be gelded if that's going to happen, especially if it's a mare!
The worry is that as a breeding stallion even after gelding some are still not to be trusted around other horses, esp as he doesn't sound socialized.

I do agree with you.
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Thank you everyone for responding:) I'm new here learning the ropes. I have thought about gelding him but he is 7 years old . I have read that it is risky at that age if it is done on site. I do not have a trailer to take to a vet anyway. He is in good condition now . Vet said to continue to give him a scoop of crimped in the morning afternoon and recommended timothy or orchard been giving him 2 pads in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. I would like to post a pic of when I got him and now still trying to figure the picture thing out :)
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