Feel free to skip these first two paragraphs if you don't like a long read.
So I've finally taken the steps with the help of my parents and their agent looking for a home I can eventually move my menagerie of animals to. I have a million questions. Even if we buy the property now, my parents aren't willing to sign the property over to me for about a year. At that time I'll be making payments to buy it from them. All that taken into account I've been researching local prices of on hay, grain, feed for all the animals plus my horses. Also taking into account vet costs, farrier costs...I can't ask this community about suggested vets and farriers since I don't believe many of you are in the Puyallup, summit, Tacoma area. If you know though please shout it out! My vet and farrier are strictly Gig Harbor and Kitsap based so I'll need new ones or haul over.
Ironically the breeder I bought Legacy from is selling her already draft horse friendly set up property and called me offering it at a discounted price before she puts it on the market. It would be the perfect property and it's offered at a more than reasonable price since it would be going to someone she considers family. My parents and I go look at it on Saturday so fingers crossed! I know what it looks like but they don't so I hope they understand the set up is perfect!
Anyway onto questions!
Mucking stalls: Where do I put it? What do you use it for? I currently board and we have it in huge piles in the back pasture that's open to the public to drive in and take out in truck loads. I could do that or should I just pile it and use it as compost? How do you do that? I don't know how to garden but I could learn.
Wells vs city water: I asked Ms.Bek and I'm waiting on a response but if anyone is in pierce county with city water and horses, approximately how much does it run you? Sorry if that's a bit personal, feel free to PM me.
This is up for debate, beam and wood arena vs cover all. Which would you choose? I'm looking for an 80 x150 arena. My trainers trainer has that as an arena, perfect for setting up a small jump course or practicing flat work.
Covered or open arena? I have space for both or to keep pasture open more I could just do one. There is a small sand outdoor arena I was going to panel and use as stud turn out to expand the current stud or sick pony turnout area on the property.
If there is anything at all I'll need to know about doing this on my own I'm taking notes on everything and making a little booklet to get me on my feet with it all. I know it's far from cheap and I'm prepared for that. I've been saving since before I was born and even know I'm set if I absolutely wanted to move tomorrow, however emotionally and time wise I'm not ready.
Anyway...any and all information, tid bits, little facts, tips...whatever are appreciated! Especially from the washington staters! Anyway thank you from all my girls and little buggers!
Pyro and Bailey (cream and black fainting goats)
Caleigh and Legacy
Zeus and Orion (great danes)