My daughter just got a pony. Belle our cow was so curious!!! I am wondering if there is anything to be aware of when keeping both types of animals. They are not in the same paddock, just next to each other. Did notice Belle scaffed down her hay faster then usually, kinda like she enjoyed eating with someone else.
Hey Rosemary, Thanks for posting this. I dunno but I'm gonna keep an eye on this thread...I have 3 donkeys that run with my cow. I have to keep a close watch on mealtimes because she has horns and WILL use them! Thanks again Rosemary, Tracey In NE Kansas
It rarely works well to but horses and a milk cow together. A horse is by nature inclined to tease. It needs to spend far less time eating than a milk cow. She has an all day job of eating and is stressed and inhibited by a horse in her space. Even if she does have horns they are useless against kicking. A horse will stand so as to intimidate a cow from drinking and/or eating. The body language is subtle but the net result is a cow that gives less milk and may get thin. Exceptions to this do occur when the horse is very mild and the pasture is huge. But if there is a way to pasture them separately, that is what I would recommend.
You will probably just have to experiment with the two. My brother has a Mustang mare that could care less about the cows/calves. She more or less ignores them. On the other hand....my naughty horse generally leaves my calves alone UNTIL he gets bored. Then he will think its 'play time' and run after and chase the calves. Soo...after my 'experiment'; naughty horse doesn't get to go in the calves' pasture anymore. (They even said: It's about time you saw him do that to us!! Thank You!) HA
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