Sometimes circumstances cause you to just have one horse. I am now in that situation, but am looking for a companion gelding pony. Taking my time to find the right fit. In the meantime, wondering if any of you have had to keep your horse alone for an extended period of time? If so, were there specific things that you did to compensate for the lack of a buddy?
My gelding is now 2 1/2 yrs old (not ridable yet, and I will start him slowly after he turns 3). I’ve raised him since he was 6 months old, and purchased him out of a very bad situation. He almost died, and thankfully with enough vetting, love, and consistent care, he is now a strong healthy beauty! He trusts me impeccably, and likewise. I had kept him at a boarding stable, until 6 months ago when I was able to move him onto my land. Now I have more time to spend with him, and I work with him daily. He is a Canadian Sport Horse, a very easy keeper, calm, confident and very loving. He adores human contact, much more-so than any other horse I have owned.
I do take him for walks, work with him on the ground, run around with him in the paddock, sit in his stall and talk or sing to him :-). He has no interest in a jolly ball. He has only been without a buddy for 2 months, when I sold my OTTB. After the sale, he called out a bit during the first couple days, but then stopped and went about his business. He was never buddy sour thankfully. He is not acting out, still eats like a champ, and isn’t doing anything out of the ordinary other than being a little more spooky in the paddock and walking the fenceline more. However, I do know that horses are better with other horses as they are herd/prey animals.
Anyway, as I look for a companion, can you recommend things to do with him to fill more of the void? Also curious as to how long you went solo? Thank you so much!