Does my horse need a companion?

Horses need companions. They are pack animals and feel safer if they have their own kind living together. In the wild, horses live in small herds or herds. There are leaders and followers, and each horse has a place on the social ladder of the herd. Horses raised with other horses are less bored and less likely to indulge in destructive habits such as stall walking, wood chewing, and other unusual repetitive behaviors.If your horse can be part of a herd, even if your horse spends part of the time in the stable, it will be physically and emotionally better for your horse. If you only have one horse on your budget, the cost of owning other horses can be high. Having just two horses means twice the cost of hay and feed, vaccinations, veterinarians and farriers, and it takes more time to care for multiple horses. But what can you do when you can’t afford another horse, want other animals and probably don’t have enough room for them, or just don’t want another horse? Here are some ideas.

Provide boarding

If you have the space and time to care for another horse, you can provide some kind of plank. That way, your ranch might earn a little money to support its own horses while providing mates. Because not all horses get along well with other horses, choose carefully if you’re just looking to provide company to your horse. Have boarders sign clear contracts and make sure everyone knows what their expectations are.

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Find a free companion horse

A companion horse may be just what you need. Contact Horse Rescue, search online horse classifieds, or ask around for free companion horses. Many people are happy to find a good home for an unfit or older horse that cannot be ridden for some reason. This will solve two problems; give your horse company and provide a loving home for horses that may not have an option. Be aware that you may get a horse that needs extra care, so make sure you are able to care for a horse with special needs. Just because a horse’s initial price is low or zero doesn’t mean its upkeep is free or cheap.

become smaller

If you don’t have enough room for a medium-sized horse, why not consider a miniature horse? Small but very personable miniature horses can make excellent companions and require less maintenance.

try to find non-horse friends

Your horse’s mate does not have to be another horse. Goats, donkeys, alpacas/llamas or some other quadrupeds (like pot-bellied pigs!) may be your horse’s companions. Some horses are more than happy to live with other livestock. Others can be a threat; it depends on the breed and your horse’s personality.

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Does my horse need a companion?
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