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Bananas

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Bananas says:

how much would a shetland cost to keep?

im trying to persuade my dad to buy me a shetland as a companion horse for my pony while my other horse is out as he hates being alone as any horse would - so how much would to cost to keep a shetland no work or anything just as a companion?

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SuzyA

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SuzyA says:

Re: how much would a shetland cost to keep?

Not sure.  Whatever it costs you for feet trim, food, vet, etc. I suppose.

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toochi

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toochi says:

shetland

hi i have a mini shetland mare that lives with our two geldings , if one gelding goes out she is fab at babysitting the left horse , i only hay fields as feel haylage would deff be too rich for the mini , she costs the same for a regular trim , still needs worming , has her own stable and then there is insurance . my mini costs the same as the others in all aspects apart from she doesnt eat as much , having said that she is worth her weight in gold and being the only mare she is the boss  so the big guys never kick or fight , . she is also fab if the two horses go out as she goes into her penthouse size stable with her hay and treatball and we never hear a peep out of her , so i understand you wanting one as a companion ,  ,the other side to this is my friends story , they bought a shetland for the same reasons , unfortunately the shet got laminitis quite badly , pony now has to be on strict limited grazing when allowed , wearing plastic glue on shoes (costly) regular visits from the vet and stabled alot so unfortunatley is not a companion anymore, just causes them alot if worry and heartache and money . i think you just have to be prepared that it could go both ways ,

toochi

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Rio186

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Rio186 says:

Re: how much would a shetland cost to keep?

If a shetland is too expensive, a couple of sheep would do just as well - preferably pet sheep reared from lambs!

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toochi

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toochi says:

shetland

the sheep is a fantastic idea x

toochi

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: how much would a shetland cost to keep?

If you go for sheep, you may have to think about what sort of fencing you have, as they'll go through things a pony wouldn't.

We have a shettie as well, all pretty much as toochi says above.

The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man - Winston Churchill

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jenappaloosapony

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Re: how much would a shetland cost to keep?

 I'm in the same situation - our pony is lonely too! I worked out (we have stables and a field we can use) only need basic nuts, chaff, hay + straw

JennyMyAppaloosa♥Loveyou

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georgeNjack

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georgeNjack says:

Re: how much would a shetland cost to keep?

I'm really interested in getting two mini shetlands too. They wouldn't be on a hard feed unless doing some work and not too much grazing as the possibility of laminitis. They'd go in one stable together so I suppose you have to think about the 1) Insurance 2) Farrier [For trims]  3) Livery [or grazing]

I'm considering it too, but I have a 16.1hh thoroughbred and its not for his benefit really but something to do alongside him.

Google it all, its what I'm doing :) But the advice above is good thanks :)

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