He prefers hu­mans to other horses

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I own a 27-year-old thor­ough­bred geld­ing called Freddy. When I bought him, he was at a yard with lots of other horses. He is the sweetest horse and just right for me, but his pre­vi­ous own­ers warned that he is clingy with horses and peo­ple. This had got him into some nasty scraps, re­sult­ing in scars all over his face from in­juries sus­tained by other horses bul­ly­ing him. When I took him home, I de­cided I’d keep him in his own sep­a­rate pad­dock, with other horses in neigh­bour­ing fields. He is so happy and con­tent with this set-up. He will look at the horses around him, but doesn’t go too near. Some­times I feel Freddy prefers hu­mans to horses. Even though horses are herd an­i­mals, lis­ten to your in­stinct as an owner and your horse’s in­di­vid­ual needs and pref­er­ences. All Freddy’s scars dis­ap­peared over time and he is happy hav­ing his own space. Anne Owen, Kent

In­di­vid­ual turnout works best for Freddy

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