if i had the time and money (and space), it would be no issue. but, as i said above it's $120 a month just to feed a horse here. let alone all the other costs. and time i would spend with another horse is time taken away from the one i have.
my horse lived alone when i got him. then he lived alone for 14 months til i moved him down the street. i moved him there because in the fall i have trees that drop leaves that become poisonous when they die.
i know it's not ideal, but, he does see the neighbor's horses most of the time, except when they go in the back pasture at their place. and, i don't know if it's that much different than where he is now.
now, at night and in bad weather, he is in a stall with a small run off it and the horses are all separated and in every second stall, cuz when they are side by side, they (well maybe one in particular) destroy the fencing. so, he can't touch another horse there.
then in nice weather, they are in paddocks, each horse in its own paddock. and he doesn't have any kind of relationship with the horse next to him. they don't stand at the fence together or anything like that.
he still gets super excited when he sees or hears me and whinnies and paws the gate, whether he's in or out. that's what got me wondering how lonely he might be initially. he is awfully attached to me whether there are other horses or not.
i generally just feel bad for all the horses in this neighborhood. it's not even close to a natural lifestyle. but, there's no such thing as large pastures where horses can run in a herd around here.
but, everybody does spend lots of time with their horses, so, they are well cared for.
it would be great if horses were like dogs and you could do horsey day care and send him for the day to run and play with others and then at night he would be tired and happy to be home in his paddock.
Gailforce -- Another old lady rediscovering her inner cowgirl.