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what animals with a horse ?

 
Guy De Pompignac
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Hi,

we're going to have a horse and i was wondering what animal(s) can fit well with a horse, to not let the horse alone ?

thx
 
                            
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I have had a horse for a number of years now.  Our horse most enjoys the company of our goats and chickens.  Actually it is more that she doesn't feel territorial with these animals.  They interact, sleep together, and eat together.  If you are getting more than one horse it is best to get a mare and gelding that have been together as younger horses.  Then they will also do well with the above animals.
 
Emil Spoerri
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I believe the #1 horse companion historically is a goat. It's where the phrase "got my goat" came from, as racehorses often have goat companions. I racehorse might panic and lose if someone stole his friend the goat!

You can get a pygmy goat and they are small and easy to feed and take care of and heavy so they don't jump as well as other goats. Supposedly a goat and a horse on pasture take care of almost all the weeds!
 
                        
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Dogs, chickens goats and cats have all been relatively famous horse companions. I suspect that horses will make do with whatever creature is around to keep them company.

I once got a goat..nubian cross I think she was, as a companion to a horse. She lasted about a week as she had horns and as far as I could see was deliberately trying to blind the horse and came very close a couple of times to hitting the horse in the eye with her horns. So she was down the road in short order.  I have had horses comfortably coexist with chickens, geese, sheep, pigs, mule, cats and dogs. They will get along with donkeys (if you have a mare make sure any male donkey is gelded..or even a mule as far as that goes)or cows.  (Some horses will chase cattle though, if they get bored.).  I don't know about alpacas or llamas.

Any time there are two or more horses there will be an adjustment period to decide who is king of the mountain. After that is settled I've never seen horses not get along with one exception..in a band of horses wandering free sometimes the stallion will take exception to a mare and will try to exclude her as much as possible..even if he breeds her he seems to resent doing so and will try to drive her off afterwards.  Not common but does happen. Otherwise...once they know who is boss I have never seen problems.

 
Guy De Pompignac
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Thanks for the answers,

we want an animal to not let our old horse alone,

we have a plot of 0,3 ha but it is an old pasture which turns to a forest,

so we think of a donkey or a pig to pasturize a bit the forest
 
                        
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Given a choice I suspect the horse would prefer  the donkey as they are sort of first cousins. Normally horses and pigs don't have much to say to each other although they're unlikely to fight or anything. Still,if  each finds the other  the only game in town for companionship they will likely make do with each other.
 
A Philipsen
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With my current horse and my buck goat it was like love at first sight, and she allows the goat kids liberties that she doesn't allow anyone else.  She and the cattle get along, but they are polite, not friendly.  She is careful of the chickens, but you just can't have much of a conversation with those little bird brains.  She is a little creeped out by the pigs.  Anyway, she would definitely vote goat.
 
John Polk
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The one thing that I would not put with horses is bees.  Bad mojo!
 
Leila Rich
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Friends had a clydesdale who was followed everywhere by their worshipful donkey for 15 years or so.
 
                                
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You might want a few ducks, I believe Muscovy's don't need a water source and are happy with a kids pool to spash around in.  With horses comes flies.  Ducks eat flies all day long!!  My chickens ignore flies but when I had a few baby ducks they went for the flies!

Tami
 
Kirk Hutchison
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I think just about any livestock will get along with a horse. But a donkey would probably be the most friendly with the horse.
 
Fred Morgan
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Our sheep get along just fine with our horses.
 
Carlos Romero
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Geese are not fans of horses. They will chase and nip a horse even after getting kicked.
 
Katy Whitby-last
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If you want company for your horse don't get a pig - horses rarely tolerate them. Our current horses don't object to the sheep or goats (though we did have a couple of Comtois fillies that would try to kill them  ) and pretty much ignore anything smaller. The advantage of a sheep or goat in with horses is that the intestinal parasites are different so with mixed grazing you can reduce the worm burden.
 
Leila Blair
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Have wanted a horse my whole life. Now 68 , semi retired, and exploring the pros and cons of getting one.
Putting up fencing, rain/sun shelter, companion animal, feed costs, farrier costs, etc.
Would love some advice fellow permies.
 
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