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  • Horse all by himself

    I have a 4-year old gelding who has lived his life, so far, in the company of other horses.

    I will soon be moving him to my farm where he will be the only horse. So far, so good. But I will be travelling to Florida next winter with my horse and leaving my farm for 2 months.

    Will he suffer being alone till winter? Is there anything you would recommend for this situation?

  • #2
    Some horses seem ok being along, but some really do not adjust well and will loose weight, get ulcers, and in general become unhappy ponies.

    Are there ANY horses in his view?

    Is there the option of having a short term boarder? Maybe a rehab horse who needs pasture turn out for a while?
    Freeing worms from cans everywhere!


    • #3
      It depends entirely on thre horse.
      WHen I had one who didn't like being alone, I "free leased" a friend's retiree.

      chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).


      • #4
        I'm confused by your second paragraph, Zwarte. Will he be going to Florida with you, and will he be alone there too? Or will he be staying behind on the farm while you go to Florida with another horse?
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        • #5
          You really should get another critter for him. It doesn't need to be a horse, but really, they are a herd animal...


          • #6
            I had one by himself at my farm for awhile. He had always been with other horses before.

            Every time I opened the back door to go outside, he made the most pitiful whinny!! He was ever so hopeful that I'd go visit.

            I borrowed one from my cousin ( she had 10 at the time ) and he was much happier.


            • #7
              Borrow another horse!!

              I had a horse come to me for training last year that had lived about three or four years alone. She had so many physical problems that I had to attribute most of them to stress. So did the vet. She spent three months with the vet before she became rideable.

              IMHO you should NOT let your horse live alone for an extended period of time.


              • Original Poster

                My horse will go with me to Florida for the winter.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by deckchick View Post
                  You really should get another critter for him. It doesn't need to be a horse, but really, they are a herd animal...
                  LOVE this!!


                  • #10
                    Ignore previous post by pferdfeathers....

                    Sorry about the previous quoted post - I was trying to respond to the byline that starts with "reporting from...." It made me giggle.


                    • #11
                      He'd certainly survive, but it's generally best to get them a friend of some sort. Will have to try it and see. I seem to have an odd duck and he actually *prefers* being alone, stressed himself literally almost to death being in a herd at the boarding barn. But even so I plan on getting him a small donkey or maybe a goat when I can get some more area fenced well.
                      It's a small world -- unless you gotta walk home.


                      • #12
                        I have seen the worst-case scenario. I know a horse that cannot handle this, by any means. Panic, sweating, weightloss, injuries caused by nervous action, etc. It's ugly. Tranquilizers help a little, but it is very unpleasant so now it's a requirement that the horse is never isolated again.

                        I suggest you give it a trial run so you know what you're in for. Isolate him somewhere. Off the property, empty show grounds, a friend's property, perhaps? You could even try leaving him on another empty corner of the farm for a few days, I suppose. But he may be able to call back & forth to his friends.
                        You don't want to find out at go-time, and then be desperate for a plan B.


                        • #13
                          My remaining horse prefers being alone too. He has become less of a pain to deal with, has calmed down, gained weight, no longer tries for escape through the people door; about all that remains of old 'bad' behaviour is kicking (not at me, just walls). His bad behaviour was stress related rather than being a pill. He is also no longer headshy, and lost that worried look. He honestly seems to prefer the cats to anything living except for me. So, a horse alone IS fine, depending on the horse.
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                          • #14
                            I would definitely get him a buddy. Another horse, preferably, but at least some animal who will be company to him.
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                            • #15
                              My horse was an only horse when we first got him. We spent a lot of time with him, and he seemed perfectly happy.

                              Then we got our second horse, and I realized there is happiness and then there is bliss. These two became instant best friends.

                              Your horse might do fine by himself, but he will do better with a friend.
                              They're not miniatures, they're concentrates.

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                              • #16
                                Where are you? I'll loan ya one


                                • Original Poster

                                  I am in Arkansas. I saw this one on Craigslist today.


                                  I would go upgrade this poor darling but don't know what I would do with her when I leave for the winter.


                                  • #18
                                    Hey Zwarte, want a donkey? I've got a lovely little jenny and a gelded jack that I really NEED to find a home for. They've both been running with horses, especially the jack. Either one would make an excellent companion for your horse, plus they don't eat much. I'm in Texarkana.
                                    I'm a second hand Vegan. Cows eat grass. I eat cows.


                                    • #19
                                      Goat, donkey, GP, mini...horses need company..I find that mine buddy up at bedtime and one watches while on sleeps.
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                                      • Original Poster

                                        Originally posted by wireweiners View Post
                                        Hey Zwarte, want a donkey? I've got a lovely little jenny and a gelded jack that I really NEED to find a home for. They've both been running with horses, especially the jack. Either one would make an excellent companion for your horse, plus they don't eat much. I'm in Texarkana.
                                        I just might. Would they survive ok with a barn, a stream and a 5 acre pasture without daily care? (For 2 months in the winter). I think they might be fun to drive, too. I could arrange for my neighbor to toss them some hay or provide a round bale or several. My farm is on Highway 21 in Boxley Valley (near the Buffalo River)

                                        That might work for donkeys - not for a horse. Horses can get into too much trouble. donkeys seem more sensible.