Horses naturally live in herds and a normal horse is never alone by choice.
Living as part of a herd has many advantages for horses such as ‘safety in numbers’.
A horse living alone in the wild would be much more likely to be caught by a predator therefore horses feel safer when they have other horses around them.
Can you keep a horse alone?
One of the best ways to keep your horse happy when he has to live alone is to provide him with a companion animal. Sometimes horse owners use sheep, cats, and pigs, and even miniature horses to ensure that a solitary horse has the companionship that he needs.
Is it OK to have just one horse?
You can have just one. The one-horse possibility isn’t something most of us willingly embrace. But it may, in fact, be the only option for equestrians today faced with less money, less space and less time to spend on their horses.
Do horses get lonely on their own?
Horses need companions. They are herd animals and feel safer if they have there own kind to live with. In the wild, horses live in small herds or bands. It’s better physically and emotionally for your horse if he can be part of a herd, even if your horse spends part of its time in a stable.
Are horses happy in stables?
Horses are healthiest and happiest outdoors in their pastures. Although many horses will clamor to come into a stable during nasty weather, it’s important that they live outdoors as much as possible. Sometimes keeping your horse confined in a stall is necessary, such as when a veterinarian prescribes stall rest.