Readers Discuss Non-Equid Barn Residents

More than 960 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What non-equids do you have living in/around your barn?"

results of poll on pets around the barn

Results were as follows: 

  • Cats 83.97% (812)
  • Dogs 77.25% (747)
  • Chickens 27.92% (270)
  • Other (please explain) 22.75% (220)
  • Goats 16.65% (161)
  • Cows 12.72% (123)

(Multiple answers were allowed)

Readers shared what critters are roaming their farm in the comments below.

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  • Chickens have their own coop.
  • pig
  • ducks
  • llamas, miniature sheep, peacocks
  • Chester the bunny
  • I own Sasha a lab x husky that I rescued when she was 6 months old
  • Turkeys and pigs
  • She's a senior citizen, but acts like a puppy when I saddle up my horse for a ride in the woods
  • Lulu - Yorkipoo and Snickers - Siamese Ragdoll
  • 12 cats from the place we rented, 7 more at the place we bought, all neutered and vacc. now.
  • burros
  • PARROTS
  • Llamas, sheep and pigs.
  • a sheep rescued after surviving a coyote attack and her baby born 2 weeks later
  • ducks, a disabled grackle
  • goldfish in water troughs and pigs and one minature mule
  • a happy household
  • We raise rabbits for meat
  • bunnies
  • teacup potbelly pigs
  • ducks
  • I have a beagle/queensland cross named Scooter, a black and white cat named Ivy and 2 baby racoons!
  • pot belly pig
  • Old Black Cocker Spaniel
  • pig
  • wild ducks
  • 10 cats 1 dog and 1 gecko that lives in the house
  • the cats are good mousers, but they are disgusting! they poop in my hay bales in the loft - yuk
  • rabbit
  • Rabbit.
  • llama
  • bunnies
  • alpacas, sheep and geese
  • 2 dogs, 4 cats, 16 chickens, 3 ducks & 1 African clawtoed frog
  • cats
  • sheep
  • horse lovers are also dog loers
  • duck
  • 2 German Shepherds/4 cats
  • snakes, mice, birds etc.
  • Sheep, moose
  • ducks
  • mallory ducks/rabbits/doves/bats
  • rabbits
  • 3 Llamas one of whom we rescued
  • sheep, we even have a fox living in the barn
  • I have 2 wonderful cats that live in our heated tack room; they come and go through a pet door.
  • We have a Jack, Yellow Lab & Weim. 7 cats. The dogs love to trail ride with me.
  • many birds of rapture
  • one barn cat. she has a favorite horse and spends time with him.
  • Mt animals are all rescues
  • Guinies
  • None, several cats and dogs in the house.
  • cat in house
  • Companion animals to our equines prove invaluable to keep them interested and stimulated.
  • 5 horses
  • turkeys and guineas
  • Ground squirrels destroying the pastures. KILL THEM ALL ! ! !
  • Cats and plenty of mice - lots of them.....
  • Have a few sheep in the mix too.
  • In the summer heat, my german shepherd will lay in the shade provided by the horse!
  • horse
  • none, except the wildlife that frequents the barnyard at night
  • People dump them, we spay/nueter. Too many unwanted kittens-very sad.
  • fish
  • ducks and alpacas
  • stifle injuries
  • 12 guinea watch dogs keep everyone in the know about visitors of any kind.
  • peacocks
  • we have a dairy farm
  • llama and sheep
  • Sheep
  • sheep
  • llamas
  • I also have Bernese Mountain Dogs, which are a great working breed.
  • owls
  • my sister has the horses ,has cats and dogs, I had goats on the track
  • deer, mice, birds, possums
  • If it walks, flies, or swims, I am sure that it is here on this farm....someplace!!
  • rabbits, turtle
  • Peacocks
  • 3 dogs, 3 cats, soon to be 4 of each!
  • 1 cat came last summer. We fed it, now we have 4.
  • rodents, hawks, awols
  • some peacocks as well
  • Mini spotted donkey which is an Equid, but very different from horses
  • Shubunkins (goldfish) in horse tanks
  • do mice count?
  • 6 cats, 1 dog, 3 donkeys and a pig
  • sheep; mice, rats (wild)
  • One cat who refuses to leave the tackroom
  • mice, because my cat is lazy
  • pigeons
  • Rabbits
  • deer are abundant and the mare happily shares her pastures
  • I was holding my dog, Sam, and he started licking the horses nose. It was very cute
  • geese
  • sheep
  • wildlife
  • Mice, squirrels, and chipmunks - and there is no grain available!
  • guinea hens
  • sheep and emu, ducks and swan
  • skunk
  • we have one sheep, one goat, one chicken, one cat and three house dogs.
  • Hey, what's a barn without a cat?
  • ducks, geese, rabbits, turkeys
  • Cats & Dogs as well as Owls,swallows and other birds. On the property deer,eagles & ravens
  • they are wild and severly in-bred sickly, you can't touch them they are not pets
  • sheep, gineau pig
  • sheep
  • two donkeys, a piglet and guinea fowl
  • dogs, cats, cows, and unwanted pests (rats/mice, skunk...)
  • pig that eats rattle snakes
  • rabbits, guinea pigs
  • sheep
  • also sheep
  • Pot bellied pig named Jasmine Louise
  • Bud the Sheep, He thinks hes a cow
  • I have three rescued dogs and three rescued cats.
  • sheep
  • Cats only - dogs live in the house
  • I am owned by a ragdoll cat named Bella. She hates to be touched, looked at or talked to.
  • I have 4 goats and 3 horses, 1 hog. My horses, hogs, & goats all eat together and sleep together.
  • pigs
  • I have 10 indoor cats, 2 dogs, and 2 parrots
  • Barn owner has 2 Boston Terriers and a single cat for pest control.
  • We have parrots helping care for our horses
  • sheep
  • Two German Shepherds, which are house house dogs and they go every place that I go.
  • Sheep!
  • ducks, rabbits
  • Toulouse geese (good "watchdog" breed)
  • rabbits
  • rabbits
  • Geese, ducks and fish
  • rabbit 11/25/2009 11:45:56 AM rats,mice and raccoons can't get rid of them,protected in Cal
  • Sheep
  • ducks, geese
  • 3 neighborhood cats have forsaken their homes in favor of the freedom of the stable.
  • We live in a remote area and are subject to moose, deer and bear going through our fences.
  • rabbits
  • Two barn cats, one domestic cat, some strays..
  • Non-toxic rodent controllers
  • We have three dogs, two cats and two goats
  • Ducks
  • We are in 4H so we also have rabbits, ducks and a pig. Our other pets include cockatiels & luvbirds
  • rabbits
  • I wouldn't have one without the other
  • 2 barn cats. Live in the feed room. Keep barn rodent free. 1 semi-feral cat. Comes & goes.
  • goldfish in the water troughs
  • llamas, donkeys
  • llama
  • There is a large owl and several swallows livinng in my Quanset hut barn.
  • live in very rural setting:coon/possum/deer/wild turkeys
  • TURKEYS, MALLARD DUCKS, AND PHEASANTS
  • barn sparrows & other wild birds
  • ducks and geese, peermanent residents and visitors
  • lambs
  • Wildlife: Raccoons, foxes, deer, black snakes,
  • racoons
  • we have had a bit of everything at our barn. our horses are used to all creatures!
  • guinea hens (tick control)
  • 4 domestic cats and 1 feral
  • 2 dogs, 8 cats...rats, opossums, and raccoons...0
  • Sheep, pigs
  • we have all the above visiting the stables but only the cat and turkeys in residence
  • Alpacas and Llamas
  • alpaca, and pot bellied pig
  • ducks, geese
  • PEA HEN
  • ducks
  • geese-ducks-show poultry and waterfowl along with dogs and horses
  • pack rats, cougars, bears, & bobcats
  • rabbits
  • Pigs, javalina, ducks
  • rabbits,ducks, geese
  • pigs, rabbits, guinea pigs
  • sheep
  • sheep, a pig
  • guinea fowl
  • They rarely acknowledge each other, but happily coexist.
  • also my 2 guineas
  • peacock
  • donkey. tortise
  • We have dogs too, but don't allow them in with the horses.
  • rabbit
  • donkey
  • The Dogs & cats gang up onmice & birds there four no mice or birds
  • Prarie Dogs!!!!!
  • peacocks, three hens very intersting and social birds
  • also 1 ewe, 3 ducks
  • three jack russells
  • 7 cats, 6 dogs- all strays that wandered up and I ended up keeping them.
  • mom cat and two offspring. end of our mouse/mole/vole and dirty birds roosting!
  • I have 4 dorper sheep along with 4 shit-zue's 1 cat 2 chooks.
  • We also have fish inside the house and in the big horse tank and a ferrett that found us.
  • I have two fat cats that are great hunters. They even go out and get gophers and birds.
  • rabbits
  • Koi
  • skunks, fox, coon, beaver, deer, elk, moose
  • llama
  • Also rabbits, a mini llama and alpacas
  • OUr barn cat is spayed and is vaccinated regularly.
  • potbelly pig he is kept out of their corrals out
  • Sheep
  • Everything but the kitchen sink and a llama.
  • llama, donky
  • A gopher snake to eat the rats and mice.
  • 27 hens, 1 rooster, 4 dogs and a tough cat named Osama
  • I have two goats, "Julie" a nubian cross, who thinks she is a dog and talks non-stop!
  • Fox family, lots of deer, wild turkeys
  • peafowl
  • A buncha rescue critters! Love 'em ALL!
  • rats
  • mILLIE, wolf/sheperd mix CINDERS, white sheperd/red &white husky mix
  • Wealso have a small pack of coyotes and a herd of deer in surrounding woods
  • Besides the normal residents, I have 2 quinea fowl. Entertaining for all.
  • 3 cats and 1 psycho kittie
  • turkey
  • pigs, peafowl, turkeys, coyotes, ducks, geese, pigeons, rabbits
  • guineas
  • They keep each other company.
  • burros
  • we live on a cattle ranch,so we have stock dogs ( catahoulas) and barn cats in additon to the cows.
  • Birds, Newts, Guinea Pigs
  • All dogs and cats also come in the house.
  • rabbits, tame rats.
  • The barn owner has dogs that are not very well behaved!
  • Rabbits
  • 3 goldfish in the stock tank. =) Plus 2 dogs.
  • rabbits
  • Mice! And they aren't welcome.
  • Our 3 chickens are the funniest of our barn. We have one that is fearless and chases our dogs
  • Dogs seem to keep the wildlife at bay
  • ducks
  • One dog and one cat.
  • A beautiful fox...and one less chicken...
  • Two Hogs, a macaw and a mini donkey as well
  • They keep the unwelcome wild creatures away.
  • sheep, llamas, alpacas, duck, seagull
  • Pot bellied pig & goose
  • Pigeons, wild ones, can't oust them
  • do the pesty mice count?
  • additionally, Guinea Fowl & Pigs
  • sheep
  • Wallaby!!!
  • Great mousers and love to rub on the horses' noses
  • My goats help raise the foals-they even saved the life of a filly orphaned at 9 days by loving her!
  • rabbits
  • DONKEYS
  • wild birds
  • Llamas and miniature spotted donkey
  • sheep
  • I have one two year old Bullmastiff and two cats.
  • Cats, dogs, and a pot bellied pig!
  • ducks
  • 5 Goats, 2 Dogs, 2 Cats - All get along great and are good buddies. Horses buddy up with the goats
  • Armadillo
  • a 10-ish year old ball of fur cat who is way more demanding at meal time than any of the horses
  • 5 rowdy dogs ranging from elderly to puppy and 3 cats
  • one goose (who loves my horse) and 6 ducks
  • I have a small heard of 11 pygmy goats that share a pasture with my 5 donkeys and 1 Belgian draft
  • deer and antilope
  • We have 2 dogs, 5 cats, 5 goats, and 1 rescued rabbit.
  • 2 lazy cats, 2 obnoxious goats
  • 4 Guinea Fowl share the barn too.
  • Impala, Fallow Deer, Blesbok
  • 3 Sheep
  • Guinea hens = snake preditors
  • Our barn wont let us have chickens, but I have had them in the past...they're good to have, too.
  • Guineas
  • My Kitty Cat loves cats!
  • DUCKS
  • Have had goats in the past, but 1 of our guys DOES NOT like them. Picked 1 up by neck & shook him.
  • Sheep
  • Bubba, most awesome Master Rodent Controller!
  • sheep
  • one ewe that loves my old mare
  • duck
  • geese
  • rabbits
  • guinea hens
  • sheep
  • all the above plus turkeys, guinea hens, and rabbits
  • Just one to help keep mice down
  • There were about 30 feral peacocks here when we moved in, they are still here!
  • Nothing in the barn, Doggies and Kitty in the HOUSE
  • cats sleep in stalls w/horses who nuzzle them!
  • We have a snake that sheds his skin in my horse's stall. One other boarder has seen him but not me.
  • Few mice (see: Cats); raccoons (I trap about 4x/year); wooly-worms, nesting birds.
  • People often drop off unwanted kittens at our farm, which I have to take them in!
  • llamas
  • jacob & blackbelly sheep-all well taken care of.
  • used to board at a place that had a camel and peacocks... pretty fun place
  • rabbits
  • Rodent control

About the Author

Megan Arszman

Megan Arszman received a Bachelor of Science In print journalism and equine science from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., and loves combining her love of horses, photography, and writing. In her “free time,” when she’s not busy working as a horse show secretary or riding her American Quarter Horses on her parents’ Indiana farm, she’s training and competing her Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Swedish Vallhund in dog agility and running.

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