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    10-16-2011, 09:42 PM
  #11
Weanling
Congrats! I know the feeling of having your horse at home! I was so disappointed when I had to bring my boy back to boarding for the winter ( boo.) I hope you have loads of fun! =D
     
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    10-16-2011, 10:35 PM
  #12
Weanling
Yippie! That is great! I can't wait until I bring Tequila home I will be able to see her pasture from my front porch. ; )
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    10-18-2011, 03:19 PM
  #13
Foal
Congratulations! We just bought 7 acres, and built a small barn there. We have to sell our house before we can build a small home there. I am trying to figure out how much land to fence in with electric wire. How much did you have fenced in? What kind of fencing do you have? I was thinking of maybe 1 1/2 for now, and the following year or so, maybe another acre. I have waited about 35 years for this! I am still boarding, till we are able to move. You must be having alot of fun having your horse there! I just have 1 horse, but would like to get alittle buddy for him.
     
    10-19-2011, 11:32 AM
  #14
Weanling
Yay!! Congrats to you!!! I can't wait to get my own pasture I know you must be ridiculously excited!!
     
    10-19-2011, 03:24 PM
  #15
Foal
I am excited, but alittle overwhelmed too! Thinking about the fencing, building the stall, etc, is exciting, expensive, and alittle confusing making decisions. Lol I know it will be so much better having my horse in the back yard. Only thing yet, is we have to sell our house, before we can build a small one there. I may have to drive about 9 miles to get there. I have a nice neighbor across the road there, who said I can board my horse there as long as I have too. There is only 1 other horse there, and he has 10 acres and a nice small barn with nice stalls. I know he would be well taken care of there, until we can live ourselves across the road. I'm not sure I want to leave my horse all alone there, at our barn, until we can get settled there too. I'm not sure if the man would care to go over by us to let my horse in, if the weather got bad, etc, because he is in his 70's, and I don't want to put alot on him
     
    10-27-2011, 08:25 PM
  #16
Green Broke
Nothing beats having your horse at home!! I feel your excitement, because that was me just this past July! Congratulations!!!!!

P.s. The stable where my horse was boarded before bringing her home was awesome, however, but I love my horse with all my heart and couldn't wait to have her home!!
     
    10-27-2011, 08:51 PM
  #17
Green Broke
Congratulations on your exciting news!
This is what I would probably do if I were you - I'd take the kind offer of boarding your horse at the neighbor's until you have everything set at your new place. I would not put your horse out there alone, (even if you're only 9 mi away), due to stress on the horse, and a possible illness, injury, or other matter that would go undetected.
It seems like a great opportunity to have your horse in a well-cared for environment close to the sights and smells of his/her future home!! Perfect.
I read a few good books from the library on backyard horsekeeping, and we ended up building a 14x14 slant-roof run-in shelter, and chose 5' non-climb horse fencing with T-posts. The 8' gate was very affordable at TSC, as were all of the various necessities ( water trough, corner feeder, hay rack, etc.). I bought all these items in increments, so when moving day came for my horse, I felt very organized and prepared.
Good luck with your building/planning - I was just there a few months ago myself! Very exciting, and you'll love it!!
     
    10-27-2011, 09:05 PM
  #18
Green Broke
Hi, Calmwaters!
I had a huge smile when I read your post - I hope you can bring your horse home soon, and know the infinite pleasure of being able to simply walk out the door day or night, stroke your horse's nose, give a hug and a carrot, just because you can!!!! Nothing compares!!!! Good luck!
     
    10-27-2011, 09:16 PM
  #19
Foal
It sounds really nice the way you set things up! You are right about keeping my horse by the neighbor's for now. I have confidence he will be well taken care of, as I have known the man's good reputation well over 35 years ago! Its just awesome it happened that he moved to that area over something like 5 years ago, and we just happen to find 7 acres for sale across from him! We finally have someone looking at our house this sat. We had it for sale for 3 weeks now. I know it could be nothing, but I hope that sometime hopefully before spring we sell. We will be moving 2 1/2 hrs north, living in our cottage, until hopefully someday soon we can build a small house on that land, and rent out the other. My grandma was born in crystal Falls MI, so I went to upper MI alot! We went to Iron River somewhat too. I think I like the electro braid for electric fence. Maybe we could fence in about 1 1/2 acres next year. I found an "arc horse stall" front with door, and they seem to be made well, and are reasonable. How many horses do you have? I do want my horse to have a buddy. The neighbor man lost a horse he had for 20 years, about 2 weeks ago. He was 24. That was hard on him. He now has a 18 mo old colt, but that colt is the most loving horse I have ever met, since my horse over 35 years ago, I had back then! He grabbed my jacket and held it.I had my jacket on the ground. ThenI put my jacket all around his back, head, etc, he was great-didn't care a bit, and wanted to be hugged alot! I wish my gelding would be that sweet, but my horse is a great guy tho. I hope they will get along well. I am not worried about the colt giving a hard time, but rather my horse was the boss in the herd of 4. I think the colt will give in to mine being the leader, and hopefully all will go well. Not sure when and if he will be gelded, so will have to see. Any advice, I'm always glad to get it, from someone who has done, what I am hoping to do-have my horse with me! Thankyou!
     
    10-27-2011, 09:23 PM
  #20
Foal
Just wanted to mention that I have that book you mentioned, and got Cherry Hill's dvd on building a barn, etc. I read some other books too, to get back into relearning how to keep a horse at home. The last time I had, I lived still with my mom and dad. Lol. Otherwise I had to be a board person.
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