A cow may not be the best companion for a horse. Some horses hate cows and will chase them unrelentingly and will kill calves.
So the solution for this would be———-?
How about this: divide the pasture with a proper fence and get 2 cows and a goat. That way the cows keep each other company, and the horse gets to watch the antics and hang out with his pal the goat...
I guess I was thinking more a pony or mini horse for the horse and a goat for the cow.
Once again, I'm going to be the exception to the rule. Our horse loves cows, and especially calves. He's like an uncle. We currently have Helen and her son Little John over with the horse, and they're all fine together. Horus (the horse) especially likes Little John (the steer) and the two of them will eat from the same hay pile. Not just occasionally, but every meal. When we wean a calf, it goes over with Horus and he loves playing with them. The calves are older by then, and full of themselves, but that just makes them better playmates. Baby calves have gone through the fence before, too, and they're perfectly safe with Horus. In fact, the only reason I still have the cross fence up to separate the pastures is for weaning purposes, and my cow barn is small. If Horus got in there and started doing his twirly-dancing, he'd probably wreck the place. But he gets along great with all the bovine types around here. It can work, sometimes.
We have kept steers to raise for beef for about 22 years and had horses from 1999 to 2013. We've never had the horses run the calves off from the hay. We always fed grain to the calves in a separate area with a latched gate in between. We used various creep feed solutions, some more practical and successful than others.
We had Ranger, a grade Quarter Horse gelding, when we got Buttercup. We didn't have any other cattle at the time she started coming into heat and the look on Ranger's face when the heifer mounted him was priceless!
Ivy was a Paint mare that was mostly blind when we got her at age 3. Once Ranger moved to another farm, she became the best weaned calf nanny ever. They loved how she always wanted contact (it was her security blanket) and she would frequently lick the calves and always allowed them to lick her. We had very short periods of crying calves at weaning time while Ivy was the nanny "cow".
Quarter Horses and Paints are notorious herding horses that may drive cows/cattle from food, water and shelter, but my anecdotal experience says it isn't always like that.
Post by Debbie Lincoln on Mar 26, 2020 22:03:32 GMT -5
If grass is abundant, my two mares are on opposite sides of the pasture from the cows, and peace abounds. But if the hay feeder is full, the horses rule. Pinned ears and a few bucking kicks keep the cows away. Not good.
Thank you ladies, Time will tell if they enjoy each others company or not.. I am blessed to be around daily so I will watch carefully. I have debated the goat route for companionship. while I understand there are strong debates for both sides for Horn, or de=horning, I myself prefer to leave animals with what there born with.. I do not like the idea of horns around my horse. My calves came with one with horns and the other de-horn.. conundrum now in what direction I should go..
My family had a mare that in her younger days would harass the cows. When I got her to my place however and her only companion was my jersey she bonded so completely with the cow that when I later got a gelding she would run him off the hay bale if he bothered the cow!
The Long Acre: Home to a motley crew of milking and beef cattle, a couple yard cops (dogs), too many chickens, and 5 supervisors (cats).
that is hilarious Shawn, animal are so funny.. I was gifted a mini mule, poor little dude has only had piggy for company.. Soon my mare will be coming back home.. I look forward to his reactions.. Downside is he is still intact.. I hadn't realize there can be complication gelding mule/ donkey..
claytonpaul: A bull was put on her herd Late Last May so she was expected to be due between May1 and August. They quoted me August so I wouldn't be disappointing by a late arrival.
May 23, 2019 13:07:11 GMT -5
Trim: I'm baaaaacccckkkk!
Aug 31, 2019 17:57:22 GMT -5
alpacalexi: My mini jersey cow is pregnant, however the last couple days her udder has deflated. My vet saw her on the 23 and said delivery in a couple weeks Is there a reason for her deflating?
Oct 2, 2019 17:17:00 GMT -5
Trim: She probably aborted a while back. That happened to one of my animals. She was bagging up but within a short while of her "due date" she began to deflate. I had no idea what had happened. I was seriously bummed out.
Feb 8, 2020 20:46:23 GMT -5
mamacherri10: good afternoon! I have not been on the website in a long time. Have a new jersey milk cow and am looking to see how long she needs to be dried up prior to calving? She is due the third week of May.
Mar 10, 2020 14:33:11 GMT -5
steven888: Dry her up now, she needs 6 wks of rest.
Apr 1, 2020 2:05:11 GMT -5
highlandteen: five to six weeks is generally suggested
May 7, 2020 14:39:23 GMT -5
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