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    07-17-2012, 04:25 PM
Narrow stable worry

My 16.3hh thoroughbred Clooney is at livery. But I have about 2 acres and a stable here where I live. No brainer I here you say - but I've been concerned about 1. The fact that the land will need land drains putting in (on one side 1 acre) 2. There is a beck flowing through the land (which can be quite fast flowing and is quite stoney to cross 3. The fact the the very old stable is only 2.5 meters by 6 meters... should I worry so much about this or shall I just bite the bullet and see how he gets on? Will he eventually just adapt and get used to it? Should I ensure I've kick boards on the back wall -perhaps even matting? Will I need to buy expensive equipment to manage the land? Am I worrying too much about it all?
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    07-19-2012, 01:49 PM
IMO, the type of horse you have makes or breaks this. Our three geldings are hardy lummoxes who aren't phased by much of anything... it requires too much energy! Your place sounds like heaven for them. They don't require much shelter from bugs or weather, stay chunky on air and will traverse anything just for giggles. None of them are skittish or claustrophobic, either.

A more flighty, delicate creature might have a difficult time. I know horses who welt up and drop weight from bugs, stumble and trip over anything but the most level terrain and are terrified of Crossing water.

What's your boy like? Will he live alone comfortably? Can you find him a peaceful friend?
    07-19-2012, 02:32 PM
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Space for a horse

If I'm right then you are saying that your stable is 8 feet x 19 feet which is a really odd size. 8 feet is no way wide enough for a horse the size of yours and whatever you put along the sides isn't going to stop him getting cast if he lies down awkwardly, you'd have to figure out a way of making it bigger. 2 acres would be OK if it was good dry land but as you talk in metres I'm thinking you live in the UK which can be very wet so in the winter your already wet field could easly become a bog. Not so bad if you can provide him with an area of dry land or yard to stand on, a good stable to shut him in if it gets too bad and the time to exercise him if it becomes impossible to turn him out. You also have to consider that he might not like being on his own and that will double your problem if you need to get him a small companion that won't mind being left on its own when you take your horse away to ride
A lot of things to think about before you jump in.
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    07-25-2012, 08:55 PM
Clooney is, like most horses, an accident waiting to happen, but he is brave, hacks out alone, not worried about barking dogs and things that would spook a normal horses. I think he will be ok -it is our hahahaha summer time at the moment, I am going to turn him out first and just show him the stable a few times while I'm there see what he makes of it.

I have found him a companion a little 11hh welsh cob - gorgeous and I'm really excited about bringing him back--- (I have posted a question regarding this move also - "Who do I bring to the yard first?")

Yes the stable is 8.5 feet by 19 feet... odd I know, it was built a very long time ago and because I'm in a National Park area -there is planning and alsorts required to change the building- oh and I haven't the money..

At its widest it is 9.8feet but a concrete ledge at knee height comes into the stable a way. It is my intention to put wooden boards with a 5cm gap between that and the wall and then maybe even rubber matting?

There is a small yard at the front of the stable which is fenced off I can keep Cloone and even Peanut (my new boy) on here to save the grass as much as poss.

Thanks for your help so far
    07-28-2012, 05:29 PM
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Is stable big enough

I'm still of the opinion that your stable is no way big enough for a 16.2 horse - have you measured it to see if he can actually turn around safely when he's inside?
I can see your problems re planning and costs. Maybe it would be safe it you just leave it open as a shelter or maybe wouldn't cost too much or involve too much by way of planning issues if you put a shelter off the side of it and use the actual building for storage of hay?
Honestly I'd be terrified to leave a horse that size in it unsupervised.
You may have moved them both by now - if not as they are both going to be new to the patch I'd take them both at the same time. They are likely to run around anyway but at least this way neither will have the chance to gain 'ownership' of the space. Usually two horses on their own are glad of the company but there can be exceptions to any rule

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