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  • What does your horse live with?

    Fun thread here!

    My fancy warmblood dressage horse happens to be living with 4 pigs at the moment (he has also lived with goats) and he loves them. They share a huge, partially wooded, pasture, the pigs have a stall and concrete pad that my boy doesn't have access too (he hates the concrete anyway) and he has his own stall that the pigs also enjoy hanging out in. It's the cutest thing, the pigs sleep in his stall while I have him up at the main barn to ride and they get all excited when I bring him back.

    This all started because he loves 24/7 turnout but can't be out with other horses as he is too dominant. So he got to live with the goats with their shed and pasture. And then the pig pasture needed mowing but the pigs were too small to take a mower in the field so I just moved him over there. It's the cutest thing.

    What sort of weird creatures have your horses lived with?
    "I'm too sexy for my blanket, too sexy for my blanket, these mares-they should take it..." (J-Lu) - Featuring The Skypizzle Pony aka Classic Skyline

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    Hawks Nest We need a picture as proof! That sounds like the cutest thing ever!

    But to answer the question, mine just have a boring mini for company.

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    • #3
      Mine also has a pig! The pig has been with me for YEARS and spent most of her life at the racetrack and accompanying layups in their rehab so she has learned to buddy up with anyone who is unhappy in the stall. This horse came off the track with a WICKED weaving habit and good old Spoink jumped right into action. They are the best of friends now. The pig chooses to sleep in her hay inside her stall and they both love it. The pig has "piggy holes" in the 4 board fence so she can come/go into the pasture as she pleases, but has full run of the farm 24/7. Shes older now with arthritis and poor eyesight so she wont wander too far from the barn, but she LOVES when the big filly comes in to sleep with!


      We also raise ducks who free range during the day and sleep inside the Alcatraz of duck stalls at night inside the barn. They have taken to laying eggs in one of my feed bins lately I am not so sure they are well loved by anything/one but me, but they all tolerate the quacking.
      "True love is taking away their pain, and making it your own. "

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      • #4
        Chickens.
        My hens visit the barn - some 250' from the coop.
        They now expect a handout of oats & BOSS when I feed the horses.
        They also patrol the barn & stalls for bugs, mice & to pick apart manure.
        *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
        Steppin' Out 1988-2004
        Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
        Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015

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          #5
          Originally posted by DoubleDown View Post
          Hawks Nest We need a picture as proof! That sounds like the cutest thing ever!

          But to answer the question, mine just have a boring mini for company.
          OMG I have SOOOOO many! Most are on my phone though so a touch hard to share.

          From early on: https://www.facebook.com/alice.vanbo...0227191856843/
          Somewhat more recent: https://www.facebook.com/alice.vanbo...20457544055504
          "I'm too sexy for my blanket, too sexy for my blanket, these mares-they should take it..." (J-Lu) - Featuring The Skypizzle Pony aka Classic Skyline

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          • #6
            Hawks Nest that is the best! Made my day!!

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            • #7
              I LOVE the pigs stories! My gelding would take about 5 years to accept pigs since he's heart stoppingly petrified of pigs.
              But mine loved the chickens before some hungry varmint came and took them.
              "There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery." - Charles Darwin

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              • #8
                My yearling lives adjacent to goats (no problem) and a pig (BIG problem). It's been about a year and we're still not over the pig. She grows approximately a foot every time she catches sight of her and puffs up, ready to pull a runner. The fact other people's horses have gotten over it gives me hope. I figure we have another two years still.

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                  #9
                  Okay, I dug up the video of Pizz first meeting the pigs.

                  https://youtu.be/ZPaKE7QVgqQ

                  Enjoy
                  These days the pigs can (and do o.O) run between his legs, rub on his legs, eat his tail, snuffle is face, and share his food. But the first day he was utterly horrified at these moving squealing beasts.
                  "I'm too sexy for my blanket, too sexy for my blanket, these mares-they should take it..." (J-Lu) - Featuring The Skypizzle Pony aka Classic Skyline

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                  • #10
                    A second horse, a hinny mule, 2 mini donks, and a llama...just a strange, happy little herd.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Edre View Post
                      My yearling lives adjacent to goats (no problem) and a pig (BIG problem). It's been about a year and we're still not over the pig. She grows approximately a foot every time she catches sight of her and puffs up, ready to pull a runner. The fact other people's horses have gotten over it gives me hope. I figure we have another two years still.
                      Funny! That big horse was gonna tromple that fat little oinker. Oinker must have been poisonous, right? My gelding would have been in the next state before he stopped. And no fence would be high enough to keep him in. LOL.

                      As a youngster he was put next to a herd of momma cows with about 50 baby calves, all brown and white. It took about
                      6 months for him to be OK UNTIL a new calf was born- BLACK and WHITE. So we started all over again. Who said horses don't see color?
                      "There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery." - Charles Darwin

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                      • #12
                        My horse lives with his two best buds and a flock of sheep! Used to be absolutely terrified of sheep, now he loves to follow them around and nuzzle the brave lambs!

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                        • #13
                          I had three horses that I acquired at the same time, from the same location. They were a typical small herd, hung out together, one usually stood guard while the other two napped. Two were quite a bit older than the other, and since I'd gotten them when the two were already fairly old, they eventually died and left the one, younger pony by himself. At first, he was very happy, because the second to last horse to go had to be put down due to behavior associated with aging. She acted senile and had become dangerous. He was tired of her even before that, because she was always a very strong alpha. He seemed very happy on his own for quite a few months. But eventually, he started getting lonely. First, he adopted the alpacas next door as his herd. Everybody hung out at the fence line. He couldn't always get to that fence line, so he started improvising--he adopted a herd of mule deer. They hung out in the shed with him, shared his food, cuddled up close when it was cold.

                          When I realized how much he wanted a herd, I started boarding him so he could be around other horses. He seemed to appreciate it.

                          Rebecca

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                          • #14
                            He used to live with goats, but now it's just the cats (who ignore him) and the chickens, who wander in and out and are afraid of him.
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                            • #15
                              Not mine, but I know a lady who has horses sharing a field with rheas and emus!

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                              • #16
                                My neighbor has a few potbelly pigs, and he likes to think he's a pig. He would rather hang out with the pigs than my horses along the shared fenceline . He also licks my horses. Like, incessant, long tongue out licking. He's quite the character. He's a beautiful Appy. I think that he has hung with the pigs so long before I brought my horses home in July that he identifies as a pig now.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by danceronice View Post
                                  He used to live with goats, but now it's just the cats (who ignore him) and the chickens, who wander in and out and are afraid of him.
                                  Your chickens are...well, chicken.
                                  My hens are totally not afraid of the horses.
                                  Nobody has told them 5# of feathers is not the same as 1000# of horse.

                                  In fact, when I dared to get 3 new young chicks, the old gals were so put out they decided the nestboxes in their coop were now contaminated & began laying in the barn.
                                  First nest I found was in the mini's stall.
                                  Smart gals - he rarely uses it or eats the hay I put in there (preferring to mooch from the big horse).

                                  They routinely wander in & out of stalls, whether or not a horse is in residence.
                                  I've even seen a hen attempting to eat oats from the same pan a horse is using.
                                  *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                                  Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                                  Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                                  Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015

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                                  • #18
                                    Free-range goats! https://photos.app.goo.gl/bgHwMa6yV7Xgi85m7

                                    And two more pictures that shows the considerable degree of "interspecies cohabitation" going on at our farm. The 2nd pic is Ditto the cat keeping some chicken eggs warm. Or maybe she's just getting first in line for breakfast? And Goose the cat keeping my old departed Kip warm (or vice versa)

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                                    • #19
                                      My boy lived with two alpacas for a couple of years. The first day they moved in beside him I was actually afraid he might jump out of his paddock to get away from them; I've never heard snorting like that to this day. They shared a fence line for about a year, and then started going into the field together, and eventually I just left the gate between their paddocks open and they happily had the run of it for a year.

                                      He's not great with other horses (16.3, no boundaries, wants constant amusement, hind shoes, and a nervous mother - me) but the alpacas, despite being only a couple hundred pounds, he somehow respected a lot more. It probably didn't hurt that they all had the same eye level and the mom alpaca had really good aim when she spat. He was and has continued to be an absolute chicken, so unfortunately that experience didn't teach him any sort of confidence, but it was fun to watch. When they went to a friend's farm a couple years later I don't think anyone but me really missed them.

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                                      • #20
                                        When I moved my TB up north.. he was in a large stall/run combo with a pig!

                                        I just posted the photo on my Instagram. Can’t figure out how to upload on COTH 🙃

                                        I would love another pig but my other horse goes after anything smaller than him. Vinny is terrified of all over livestock. We do have cows surrounding the property on both sides.
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