Some horses have llamas, some have donkeys or another horse. Some are even best buds with a feline! USDF wants to hear from YOU! Leave us a comment with your answer below! Tell us a little about your horse and his or her companions. You can link us to a photo of the best friends too!

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  1. My horse George (the chestnut in the photo!) is an 18 hh warmblood. He has always been the low man on the totem pole and believe it or not, gets picked on by every single horse he encounters. Two winters ago, he was being run off his hay by his herd mates and was dropping weight and turning morose. Then my trainer’s baby home-bred, Simon, was introduced to the herd and immediately latched on to George. Simon became his only horse friend and would actually bring George hay across the field (several other boarders witnessed this and got choked up) or stand guard between him and the other horses until George had eaten his fill. He was so protective of his giant friend and they become inseparable. George will follow Simon anywhere and they have to check on each other if one is taken away from the other for an extended period of time. I’ve never seen such a strong bond between two best horse friends. We jokingly refer to them as the “bromance of a lifetime.”

    They have since adopted Chiquita, the Wonder Cat into their partnership and now the dynamic duo has become a trio. George believes all kitties are his, but due to his overwhelming size, Chiquita is the only one who has volunteered herself to be an official Horse Kitty.

  2. My young horse loves his half sibling ( Hanoverian mare) and they especially love to mutual groom over the fence:)

  3. I wish I could find a travel companion for my Oldenburg with trailer-travel anxiety. But I need one that won’t be a disruption at the show grounds. And how do you find that special one? Just buying something doesn’t mean that it will work.

  4. Three years ago, I bought my dream farm. It was the perfect retirement home for my 25 year old dressage gelding whom I have owned for the past 18 years. I was committed to finding him a buddy, but this proved far more difficult than expected. Despite having relationships in the local equine community, it was challenging to locate a companion horse. I finally found a horse seeking a home, but it was soon evident that the horse was bullying my boy. Companion attempt #2 was similarly incompatible, and this frustration led me to found Stable Select (https://stableselect.com/), a new online platform matching companion horses with farms seeking companions (more broadly, it helps boarders and riding students find stables and trainers too). The site just launched, so we are just beginning to share it with the horse community. Through a comprehensive set of search criteria and a member profile featuring photos, videos and reviews, Stable Select provides transparency and builds credibility, giving both companion horse parents and farm owners the opportunity to find the perfect fit. Please check it out!

  5. Many thanks USDF for the $20 gift certificate towards shopping at the USDF store! I feel like a 62 yr old kid in a ( dressage) candy store!!! 🎉🎉🎉🐴🐴🐴

  6. Our Friesian stallion has four Nigerian Dwarf goats in his pasture to keep him company. They all hang out together in a little herd and he even shares his hay with them 🙂

  7. We have a Palomino Hanoverian mare and a black and white pinto pony gelding. Their two companions are a “palomino/fawn” colored female goat and a black and white male goat! Everyone gets along, shares their hay piles. We get some great pics and great comments from visitors! (And no, we did not plan it this way; just happened.)

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