As herd animals, horses naturally prefer to be around other animals. Not only does it help them to feel safer, but it also prevents them from getting bored and developing destructive habits such as chewing on wood or engaging in abnormal repetitive behaviors. Of course, owning and caring for an additional horse can be costly, so here are some ideas that you might want to consider in order to provide your horse with some companionship.
If you have the space available, you can generate a little extra income while also providing your horse with some companionship by offering boarding. It is important to remember, however, that not all horses get along. Therefore, you will want to give it a test run with a new horse before making any long-term commitments. In addition, you will need to create and sign contracts to ensure everyone knows exactly what the expectations will be.
Find Other Friends
If caring for another horse is too costly or if you don’t have the space, maybe consider other friends for your horse that are not quite so large or costly to care for. A miniature horse, for example, can make for a great companion with fewer upkeep demands. Goats, donkeys, alpacas, pot-bellied pigs and llamas are other alternatives that often pair nicely with horses. Of course, whether or not a friendship will develop is largely dependent upon the personality of your horse.
Consider a Companion Horse