Everything I Need To Know For Home Ownership

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        08-28-2013, 11:24 PM
    Everything I Need To Know For Home Ownership

    Hey guys, so I will be leaving the barn that I am currently boarded at for various reasons. My horse is betting beaten up really badly, chased off his feed, hay, and sometimes even the water. There is nowhere to put him in single turnout that the horses couldn't break down and get to him, and it would be an extra $120 on top of my board. He's been getting almost constant thrush in his fronts which I have been treating but keeps coming back due to the floody barn. So I discussed it with my family and there is a good chance that we will move to a small farm. I have a decent list of things I would need to buy and take care of, But I want to make sure that I'm not missing anything. I have simple things already on my list like mineral blocks, shavings, hay, feed, troughs, a companion, good sized pastures, etc. Am I missing anything? Thanks guys
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        08-29-2013, 12:07 AM
    Fence mending
    Electric fence maintenance
    Pasture management
    Pest control (moles)
    Solo trailer loading
    Arena maintenance
    Hay barn
    Means of getting hay to horses in the winter
    Water troughs
    Access to instructors
    House sitters so you can go away
    Muck removal if you are stabling and mucking out
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    Companion for the companion when your horse goes out

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        08-29-2013, 12:14 AM
    Yea those sound good, Thanks for the reply! By solo trailer loading do you mean a horse trailer in general? Cause that might have to wait a few years for one of my own, but I know a good trailer service round here.
        08-29-2013, 09:11 AM
    Yes, I mean the ability to load your horse without anyone else there to help you. Not always easy....

    Having your horse at home without a trailer of your own is of course possible, but not ideal.

    Travel to the vet, whether planned or emergency; travelling to clinics or a trainer, and travelling out for trail rides with friends.
        08-29-2013, 03:43 PM
    Yes that's a good point. Looks like I'll spring for the trailer sooner than expected lol but itll work. I guess that's true though aswell, especially since I want to get an older companion and then a long ears, It may just be easier to get my own trailer.
        08-29-2013, 03:51 PM
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    Be sure that you locate a good veterinary service that's experienced with horses and get on their books - then keep them on speed dial!!!
    Same goes for a farrier.
    Never take it for granted that these people will have room for a new client
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        08-29-2013, 04:02 PM
    I already have my own farrier, and the barn vet does house calls. Thanks for the reply! :)
        08-29-2013, 04:10 PM
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    You seem to be getting prepared then.
    Is your horse going to be happy on its own - a lot of horses suffer really badly if they've always been used to company?
        08-29-2013, 04:14 PM
    I was saying I was going to get 2 more equines, an older horse and maybe a long ears or a pony. He's alright alone when he's with me, but I really don't like keeping horses by themselves.
        08-29-2013, 04:48 PM
    Be prepared to really enjoy your horse(s). You can't beat being able to just walk outside and already be at the barn.
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