Does your horse like goats? – stall rest # 3
Even though location, cleanliness, feed, and exercise are quite important when a horse is on stall rest, keeping the horse occupied is even more important. A bored horse is often a destructive horse. If the horse does not become too bored, then stall rest can actually be restful and not torment for the horse or owner.
The biggest downfall with stall rest is that the horse often becomes bored. This listlessness is what causes the hose to develop bad habits. Just as dogs chew and dig when they are bored, horses crib, kick, rub, chew, and paw. To help prevent a horse from adopting these habits, it is beneficial to keep the horse occupied.
There are many options owners can choose from when it comes to keeping a horse entertained. The first is extremely beneficial. However, it is not a probable option for everyone. The easiest and most steadfast way to keep a horse occupied is by providing the horse with a “stall buddy.” This “buddy” is often another horse in the adjoining stall.
If another horse is not available, some owners opt to purchase a goat. Goats are small enough that they can be housed in the stall with a horse that has been put on stall rest. In turn, the horse will have a constant companion. Nevertheless, it is important to ensure (both for the horse’s and the goats safety) that the horse does not have a hatred or fear of goats. Otherwise, the goat would be more of a hindrance than a benefit.
In addition, make sure that the stall is large enough to comfortably accommodate both the horse and the goat. If a stall buddy is not an option, owners can also purchase toys and treats to keep their horse occupied.
- Seeing-eye sheep, goats guide blind horse in Montana (calgaryherald.com)