Hmm. Keeping trios or singles does, in retrospect, seem like the obvious thing to do. That is good advice.
As far as getting a third right now, it's really a space and cost issue. My mini and horse get the same treatment. The both see the farrier every 6 weeks (I've heard a lot of people do every 4 months for a mini-donkey), they get the same supplement, the same vet care, etc. So to get another would be only slightly less expensive than getting another horse (which is to say, expensive). Then there's a space issue. The fenced area is small enough that if we added a third animal we would have to think about supplementing the grass with hay, whereas right now they only get hay during the winter. All this I am willing to do....hahaha it just seems little cruel to my husband who got me the first horse only about 5 months ago, not understanding at all how these needs would snowball and who, by the way, is footing the entire bill. : P
And on the serious side, I take my responsibility to these animals to heart, and having only owned for 5 months, I'm cautious about expanding so quickly. To do so feels unwise.
I've thought about a goat, but there's something about me and goats. They are are my animal nemesis.....
So there is a third animal in my future I'm sure, but til then any other recommendations?