Are Horses Good Companions

Earl Hamilton
• Monday, 02 November, 2020
• 19 min read

Written by Katherine Blockader Reviewed by Anna O'Brien, DVD Horses need companions. They are herd animals and feel safer if they have their own kind to live with.

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There are leaders and followers and each horse has a place on the social ladder within the herd. Just owning two horses means twice the hay and feed costs, vaccination, vet, and farrier expenses, and taking care of multiple horses takes more time.

If you have space and time to take care of another horse, you can offer some sort of board. That way your pasture might make a little money to support your own horse while providing a buddy. Many people are glad to find good homes for unsound or older horses that can't be ridden for some reason.

Just because the initial price of a horse is low or zero doesn’t mean its upkeep will be free or cheap. Small but very personable, miniature horses can make excellent companions, with smaller upkeep demands.

Among several reasons for having a horse as a pet one is that you can enjoy an active lifestyle with them. Riding a horse is a great way to keep yourself fit and healthy.

This is one of the main reasons why people love to have a horse as a pet and companion. Riding a horse, taking care of them will keep you busy with them and help you spend quality time.

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Horse keeping is an active community where you can also offer advice and tips to others as well. Unlike most pets, horses are easy to look after, and they don’t require much attention.

Although having a horse is a big commitment, but you only need to provide them with food, shelter, and livestock vet. Horses don’t need a 24-hour vet and are easy to take care of.

It indicates it is an active duty to have horses but offers more opportunities to make a bond with them. The interesting thing is each horse has different behavior and characteristics.

It would be best if you made some financial planning in advance because they are a little costly to keep. Take them to the large animal vet for periodic checkups.

They are friendly, social, and easy to handle and have a long lifespan. November 25, 2014, Total Particles, Horses are quite unique animals and it is often asked “Do horses make good pets?” That all depends on what you want from a pet, if you want a faithful companion and friend, a sporting partner, a means of transport and garden fertilizer, the answer has to be “yes”.

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As with any pet, you will have to accept responsibility for your horse’s well-being as well as the costs of ownership, which will be both expected and unexpected. Temperaments can range from flighty to docile and from pushy to easy, so once again the question “do horses make good pets?” will rely on you being comfortable handling and responding to the temperament of your particular horse.

If you do not have the facilities yourself to keep and shelter the horse, the cost of boarding or agreement can range from $300 to $2000 a month, depending on the amenities provided and the proximity to an urban area. Horses also need an annual check up by a qualified veterinarian, which usually involves a comprehensive physical examination (especially teeth) and vaccinations.

You will also need a farrier every couple of months to maintain your horse’s feet. Laminates is usually caused by stress, such as changes in feed or environment regimes, obesity or colic.

In order to build a relationship with your horse, you should ride it 3-4 times a week, which is an important part of the commitment that you must consider before purchase. If you are buying a horse for your child, there are plenty of camps and facilities that can help you and your child work through the care, feeding, training and riding, and all the other aspects of responsible horse ownership.

Leasing, where you have the horse for a specified amount of time for a set monthly payment. The benefits of owning a horse cuts across many areas and can include companionship, therapy, recreation and sport.

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Horses are fast learners and quickly learn how to be kept under control. Good training and regular attention will see them become responsive to instruction quite quickly.

Although most people would consider that a large animal like a horse would require higher maintenance, they are in fact relatively easy to keep fed and healthy because they are not very fussy. A horse’s coat needs regularly brushing to bring out its natural sheen.

Whatever needs to be done, it is all part of the rewarding experience of owning and caring for a pet. So whilst horse ownership certainly comes with many responsibilities, it can also bring fun and happiness to individuals and families, at the same time bringing people closer to the joys of life through ownership of a faithful companion pet.

In a perfect world your horse would have a lifelong group of equine buddies and never have to be by himself. Since horses are herd animals, most of them thrive better with a buddy that helps keep them socially engaged in activities throughout their day when you are not with them.

Some horses handle that solitary life and travel just fine while others pine away or develop stable vices. Golden retrievers and other friendly, well-behaved dogs make excellent companions for some horses.

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Many horses develop close bonds with the barn mascot dogs. On cold nights you might find your barn cat curled up next to your horse in the straw.

There are numerous adorable photos of a cat rubbing up to a horse while balancing on a fence post or winding between the legs of a steady horse while on the cross ties. Small ruminants, with goats leading the list, are next in popularity as horse pals.

You don't have to buy a lot of separate food or even arrange for a different veterinarian in many cases. As fellow herbivores, they share some same behavioral characteristics with horses and also want a “herd”.

Goats lead the list as small ruminant pals wince they share some same behavioral characteristics with horses and enjoy being part of a herd. Adding a Pygmy goat seems like an easy solution until you have to deal with the caprine tendency to be escape artists.

Poultry can also be multipurpose horse companions. Guinea fowl are also big tick eaters and can serve as sentry/alarm animals as well.

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Geese are known for their bug eating, but they are also the poultry equivalent of a Rottweiler when it comes to watch dog tendencies. Drawbacks to poultry include their dander, which causes allergic reactions in some horses.

Still, many horses simply enjoy watching chickens, ducks and geese and like having them around. A normal size donkey may help to keep stray dogs and wild canines off your property.

Goats can travel with you and may be content to stay in the stall or the trailer while your horse participates in shows. You might get additional benefits such as fresh eggs or added security but you need to consider this an expense for your horse's mental well-being.

They are an easy addition, too, as they eat the same foods (though in smaller quantities) and can graze happily in the same fields. Donkeys can even share a place in the barn or cozy up in a smaller stall adjacent to your horses.

Donkeys, in general, are lower maintenance to keep than horses, often surviving off solely or mostly grass when pastures are lush. As an added and unexpected bonus, though, some donkeys can serve as “guard animals” for a farm.

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Though both require the same veterinary appointments and shots, as well as farrier work like a regular horse, ponies and minis eat far less and therefore need much less hay and grain. For those shy larger horses, not only will they have the benefit of a friendship, but they’ll also have the security and comfort of having a strong yet not threatening leader.

They can even be a little too clever for their own good, so be prepared for the occasional escape artist or argumentative equine. In a field, a miniature horse can happily graze with their larger friend for almost 100% of their meals.

Goats are friendly, and their sociable nature makes them very likely to bond with horses, happily staying by their side and sharing their hay. Also, just because you are used to horses doesn’t mean you are automatically equipped to raise goats.

Llamas make excellent companions for pasture-kept horses, mostly due to their larger size. One llama is ideal, two is fine, but three or more should be avoided if the goal is companionship for a horse.

The main difference with llamas is that you just can’t walk up to them in a pasture and halter them, but you need to establish a trusting and trained relationship first. In fact, most llamas subsist almost totally on grass in the summer and hay in the winter, with smaller quantities of grain or supplements added in.

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Llamas are also easier to keep in terms of time, as they don’t require the same amount of grooming effort as horses. They easily share a pasture, meaning they can graze in peace and companionship.

But, the good news is, horse feeds are generally safe for cattle. Not only will they be an entertaining friend for your horse, but they are also great pest reducers, as they munch up annoying bugs.

Geese are similar to donkeys in temperament, in that they are territorial and will alert you and deter intruders and unwanted animals. They’ll also be a little more work, in the sense that they don’t share many living habits in common with horses.

You’ll need special feed and a separate stall or living area for your geese. While they do provide companionship, a goose is less likely to form a special bond with a horse.

Their relationship will be more “on the surface” and casually entertaining than true deep friends. Disclaimer: horses are social animals and thrive with companionship.

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Pigs also have the palate of a dumpster and are the ultimate living/breathing garbage disposal. Most horses fall into two categories when it comes to dealing with pigs: they either are petrified of them OR they want to kill them.

If there is a slim chance your horse and pig DO get along, you’ll never want to eat bacon again, and that would be a crying shame. Goats are also destructive little a-holes that will eat you out of house and home… literally.

They actually like the taste of drywall and rusty nails. Not only are they like owning a wrecking ball with hooves and horns, they also like to headbutt anything that gets in their space, and they poop like a Pen dispenser.

Unfortunately, these things founder faster than you can say “Friday,” so excess treats are out of the question. They’re also loud, pushy, and blow up on anything more than straight grass hay.

So now you’ll have to make a separate stall for your donkey for feeding time and if you’re even one minute late for their breakfast, everyone will know within the closest three counties. You probably see all these cute videos on Facebook of donkeys being super loving to humans, but in reality, you’ll end up with a human-hating, horse-obsessed donkey that will drive you completely bonkers.

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Besides, no one even knows how to care for one of these animals besides Dr. Pol or people from Peru, and both of those are hard to get hold of in the middle of the night when they get sick. TL;DR: save yourself the money and headache and just buy another horse.

At least you’ll be able to ride it, as it eats its way through your wallet and heart. Must stay in standard post and rail fencing 3.

Fairly low maintenance in care and costs. I was leaning towards a goat and doing some reasearch, but they are hard to keep in and need tighter fencing and can climb.

I was also thinking they get eaten up by prey animals but maybe not where I live. I do hear coyotes screaming in the timber behind my property when they have killed something.

They are also very protective and will generally fight off a predator that enters their paddock. Plus, it wouldn't hurt them to be left alone for a few days at a time during show season.

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The only reason I mention it is you don't have to get a big animal as a companion, just one that will hang around with your horse is fine. The only reason I mention it is you don't have to get a big animal as a companion, just one that will hang around with your horse is fine.

They are also very protective and will generally fight off a predator that enters their paddock. Plus, it wouldn't hurt them to be left alone for a few days at a time during show season.

One thing I worry about that NY filly is dominant so don't know if she would be gentle with a donkey. If she is with an another dominant horse is doesn't go well but with a submissive one it has been fine.

If you wanted to upset a horse and prevent him from having a good night you would steal his goat causing him to fuss and not sleep and thus not run well the next day. The problem is goats eat tails. We had 2 companion goats but the horses lost all their tails right up to the bone.

My car had hoofed prints dented into it, and they chewed everything in sight. Was hard to keep them contained. We had a client who insisted on bringing her horse's pasture buddy goat in when he was here for 6 weeks recovery from surgery.

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We had a couple of mini mule foals come thorough the hospital. We had a couple of mini mule foals come thorough the hospital.

I just spoke to a mini donkey rescue, and they suggest 2 because they get so attached. Then the would do the nuzzle thing and the cat would go back to sleep in the hay while the horse munched.

That is a good thought but some horses don't deal well with being left alone, even for a couple of hours unless they are at work. Some horses get bored very easy and if they don't have a buddy to keep them company in the middle of the night, they start doing things to entertain themselves; cribbing, wood chewing, pawing, pacing the fence, etc.

We once had a dairy cow that kept the horse company that got left behind when we went trail riding. I would suggest a heifer, or young bull that you intend to castrate.

^^ That's a good idea, dairies around here sell their bottle bulls for about 50 to 60 dollars a head. Then when it got big enough, you could have it butchered and have beef for a year then get another baby.

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^^ That's a good idea, dairies around here sell their bottle bulls for about 50 to 60 dollars a head. Then when it got big enough, you could have it butchered and have beef for a year then get another baby.

Couldn't eat something that had a face I used to kiss before it got to my plate. Bio: Robin came to us on an owner surrender from an elderly lady who was physically not able to care for him anymore.

He is a mature boy who does have some slight arthritis, so we will require that he only be a companion horse. He is broke to ride but as we said at this time in his life should only be a companion horse.

We were told that at one point he was a working ranch horse, He does love to get brushed and play in his water as well. He is a super sweet boy just looking for a home to call his own.

Bio: Tess is a gentle girl who came to us as an owner surrender and due to a club foot is not cleared for riding. She can be caught (it helps to have a little something to bribe her with), haltered, lead and loaded in a trailer.

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Bio: That is a special girl who came to us as an owner surrender. She is good for the vet and does require a little more time and patience with the farrier due to the string halt and picking up her feet.

He arrived to the shelter completely emaciated, looking more like a skeleton and barley able to walk. From day 1 he won the hearts of every single volunteer at the rescue.

It’s Saturday night in downtown Long Beach, California, and laughter can be heard from the streets below. Sarah Smith is sprawled on her bed, diligently peeling through sociology notes, preparing for her impending exams.

Eighteen years of psychological and sexual abuse followed Sarah into adulthood, where the lingering devastation of her childhood spiraled into uncontrollable drug addiction and mental illness. Two years ago she was diagnosed with throat cancer, and after a determined battle against the disease, she is now in full remission.

Photograph: Joshua ThaisenTo work through ongoing problems attached to her self-esteem, confidence and trust in other people, Sarah enrolled in an equine-assisted therapy program. Being herding animals, they rely on an acute stream of sensory data to sense safety or danger; they can also hear the human heartbeat within four feet, and research on heart-rate variability indicates that horses have a profound ability to synchronize their own heartbeat with that of human beings.

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When people are introduced to the herd environment for therapy, horses respond within the same spectrum of physical and emotional responses that govern their own behavior, allowing therapists an insight into the inner psychology of the client. Clouds hung dramatically low above the stables of Ortega Equestrian Center in San Juan Capistrano and in the main arena, a herd of three mares donated by the nonprofit Okra Mas were awaiting Sarah’s arrival.

The program director, Carol Cadres, is a horse lover and licensed marriage and family therapist with over 20 years of experience. She established an immediate connection with Madonna, a 20-year-old mare trained by champion cowgirl Carol Rose in Texas.

Cadres guided Sarah into a sensory exercise that stretched her comfort zone by feeling her way around Madonna’s body with her eyes closed. Cadres works within a physiological therapy model, always watching eye dilation, heart rate, body language and gestures.

Sarah then cast the parachute to the wind and laid it down in the middle of the arena, but Madonna wouldn’t budge. Photograph: Joshua ThaisenSarah mustered the courage to reapproach Chips, and softly stroked the pony’s mane.

Chips gently nuzzled into her, allowing Sarah to be fully present with the horse and revisit her trauma without been enveloped by its vortex. On her third and last session, Sarah led Chips and Madonna out of the stables and into the arena, where she divided the therapeutic space into three sections that represented her past, present and future.

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She explained that “walking through her childhood” with the horses forced her to put her pain in the past, and helped her identify the person she hopes to become. This situation can work as long as you take some steps to give your horse companionship and entertainment.

One of the best ways to keep your horse happy when he has to live alone is to provide him with a companion animal. Goats are very popular as companion animals for horses.

Consider providing your horse with various stall toys to keep him entertained. Try to spread your horse’s feed out in different areas of the pasture so that he has to walk around as he eats his hay throughout the day.

Be sure to spend plenty of time currying your horse, which closely resembles the feel of mutual grooming. Playing a radio softly in your barn can help to break up the silence during the day.

Even if you can’t ride your horse, you can still do activities like groundwork and hand walking. Some horses can do just fine living alone, especially if you put in effort to make sure that their needs are met.

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