2017-07-18 / Front Page

Horses need companionship

Horses naturally live in herds, and a horse is never alone by choice. Living in a herd has many advantages, such as safety in numbers.

Horses take turns to watch over each other while they sleep. One horse is usually standing when the others are asleep on the ground. This horse is more alert than the others (even if dozing) while the others sleep more deeply. This is a good example of how herds operate.

Playing and running around together is another very important behavior for horses. A horse that is stressed due to lack of companionship may show behaviors that include running around a lot, usually up and down the fence line that prevents the horse from reaching other horses, and whinnying.

They may also lose weight. A horse will bond with another type of animal if that is all that is available. In a stabled situation horses have been known to bond with a chicken or a cat. Sometimes a goat can be a companion. But another horse is by far the best choice.

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