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Horses Horses are magnificent animals. Do you keep yours on your property or board them elsewhere? Do you ride Englist or Western? Do you show or ride for pleasure only? Talk about it here!

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Old 06-02-2010, 06:30 PM
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First time horse owners

Both of my DS's are soon to become horse owners and they will be having them on their property and will be doing all the care themselves. Does anyone have any advice before the horses get there that might make it an easier thing to handle?
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Old 06-03-2010, 03:23 AM
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I already have another question! Some people that moved in not far from us have long horn steer in with their horses, one of my DS's wondered if anyone also knows anything about putting those with horses. Guess he has thoughts of cattle now too! lol I myself am wondering if one of those cattle get mad, will they go after the horses? Anyone know anything about this?
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Old 06-06-2010, 11:33 AM
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Let's see advice. This probably sounds ignorant but I'm not sure what DS's stand for so I'm not sure if we are talking children or not. But here's what advice I do have;

Summer time easy the easiest time to take care of your horses providing they are in a pasture that has adequate feed. I find having two pastures to rotate works well. First I put them in one; they eat and expell. When they have that grubbed down, (but not so far that it's close to the roots, they can get worms if you let them grub down that long) ~ I move them to pasture #2. They pasture they just came out of I put on my sh_tkickers (boots) and do just that. Kick around so it dispurses out of the pile that it's in. Horses are fussy eaters and won't eat the grass surround it, over time that's alot of wasted grass. It helps it break down faster the smaller it is. You could also tow an old bedspring behind a 4wheeler and drive around the pasture. The added perk to doing this is less bugs as well! If you have chicken they may do all this for you. We have wild turkeys that come into the pastures and totally scratch it all apart eating the bugs and seeds that were not digested. Kids actually turn this into a competition.

Water, the best is to have a nature water source in your pasture but if that's not an option you may want to purchase a floatto have in your water bucket so that constant fresh water is available.

Fly masks w/ears included are a plus for horses. Sunscreen on your horse if they have white or pink noses. Their noses seem to sunburn.

If you haven't already purchased your horses. I just found this out ~ white and grey horses are more apt to get cancer. Mine does, just found out!

Summer time they do not need access to a shelter as long as they have atleast one shade tree in their pasture.

SHELTER - When weather gets colder it's nice to have a shelter for both their comfort and yours. We label our stalls w/horse name. The first couple feedings coming into the barn is action packed getting them used to "their" spot but within a couple feedings they automatically go to their stall. We have grain all in stalls before opening the doors. When the door rolls open they all trot right to their spots. Unless it is a chilly wind or wet snow or rain, their hay goes outside in racks.

I'd love to answer any direct questions you have but hate to bore you with stuff your not interested in - feel free to email direct.{Please email using FamilyCorner's email address or through private message. Thanks, Tami - ajrsmom}

as far as pasture w/ other livestock. Sure, the only thing you have to remember is horses are a herd animal. They tend to get herd bound and what that means is too long in between seperating them you'll have a tuff time doing so. Such as if you only ride once every two weeks, it may be stressful for your horse to leave the other animals that they have spent time with and vise versa, so your ride may reflect that. Just do it often.

Brenda ~ Vermont

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Let's see advice. This probably sounds ignorant but I'm not sure what DS's stand for so I'm not sure if we are talking children or not.

Brenda ~ Vermont

Thanks for the advice, passing it on top my DS's (means dear sons).
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