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    08-26-2009, 09:19 PM
  #1
Yearling
What do I need -- pasture

I am currently searching for that perfect horse for myself.

My mom had this great idea, to board at a friends place. They don't have the property fenced.

We are going over there tommorow to see what needs work.
We need to:
- build/fix fence
- build a shelter
- level out the ground
- water grass


I was wondering, what else do we need to do to set up for a horse on pasture?

The field is a little over an acre.
We are going to grow the grass about knee length hopefully :)


What fencing is best for a horse? Is a netted wire fence okay?
What should the shelter be like?

Thank you!
     
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    08-27-2009, 12:32 AM
  #2
Yearling
I really like this type of fencing: http://www.swfence.com/images/horse_pasture.jpg
It is secure,tall, and no pointed edges. You need fencing that is stable enough so that if a horse rubs their tail or leans on the fence the fence won't break. If you don't think your fencing is stable enough for a horse to lean on because of budget issues, you can use electric wiring so they won't touch the fence. Also make sure they can't jump over it, 5-6 feet is ideal. No sharp edges either. The gate will need to be secure as well, a latch that a horse couldn't open. It is a good idea to put a chain around the gate along with the latch for extra security. One acre of grass for a horse is cutting it very close, so have hay in supply for the winter or when the grass gets sparse. The horse will need fresh water to drink and a salt block is good. For a shelter a lean to should do the job. Finally, walk around to look for poisonous plants and dispose of them. That's all I can think of right now.
     
    08-27-2009, 12:42 AM
  #3
Yearling
Thank you roro :)
That is a good fencing. The fencing that is there right now is sort of like this: http://www.stopgapfencing.co.uk/imag...wire_fence.jpg
But shorter.

We need to fix up some of that, then build a fence across the property.

Does electric wiring cost alot?

Yep, of course, we would supply hay for sure. I'm not really too sure of which plants are poisonus to horses, but I will go look it up :)

Thank you roro!
I really appreciate it <3

Also, does a horse need a companion/buddy?
I'm not completely sure of the exact size of the property, but is at LEAST an acre, maybe 2... not sure.
I would visit the horse everyday and ride it. But, does it need an extra companion?

Also, how do you keep the water from freezing in the winter? We live in bc, canada, and water freezes like every 1/2 hour in the winter.
The field is far from their house, so we can't plug a heater in..
     
    08-27-2009, 01:19 AM
  #4
Super Moderator
If you just get some T-posts, some electric tape, and caps for the T-posts (none of which should be very expensive) you should be set fencing wise if you do three strands. You'll also need to get an electric box thingy to power the fence if there's not one already. If you go the electric fence way you'll definitely want to make sure that there aren't any trees that could fall and set your horse free and you'll need to walk the fence regularly to make any repairs.

I personally would never keep a horse all on it's lonesome because no matter how much of the time you can be there you're not there all the time and horses are herd animals. You could put an ad in your local newspaper or something and just lease out the use of the pasture to another single horse.

The thing with the water might be a deal breaker though. Horses have to have water, especially in the winter and it's been scientifically proven that horses will drink less (and possibly get colic and stuff) if their water is even almost half frozen. Someone who lives in a colder climate could probably help you out more with that though.
     
    08-27-2009, 03:39 AM
  #5
Yearling
Thanks :)

Maybe, a mini horse, goat or something would work?
But, if I get a horse soon, I will get the other companion early next year, as I don't want to pay extra costs for feeding over winter.
I can't rent their pasture, as it isnt mine :P its a friends

Someone else suggested that I could put the trough inside the shelter, so it keeps warmer :)
     
    08-27-2009, 10:32 AM
  #6
Super Moderator
Quote:
Originally Posted by horseluver50    
Thanks :)

Maybe, a mini horse, goat or something would work?
But, if I get a horse soon, I will get the other companion early next year, as I don't want to pay extra costs for feeding over winter.
I can't rent their pasture, as it isnt mine :P its a friends

Someone else suggested that I could put the trough inside the shelter, so it keeps warmer :)
If you get a goat you'll need to get a harder core fence than just electric but I do think a goat would work. A mini or shetland would work too. A shetland might be less expensive right off compared to a mini.

I'd be careful of getting a horse now then waiting 6 months or whatever to get it a friend. Some horses will be fine with that but others will fall apart and develop major behavior issues. Like my girl for instance, her previous owner kept her on her own for a few months a few years ago and she got super pushy, developed a rearing problem (which I'm still trying to break her of) and got really flighty. She might be an extreme case but still, be careful.

That's a good idea abut the trough. Just make sure the shelter is insulated if you do that because it won't be any warmer in there than outside if it's not! =P
     
    08-27-2009, 11:45 AM
  #7
Trained
Check this out they have some good ideas here.

Best non-electric trough heater? - Emergency Preparedness, Survival and Homesteading Forum


I've heard more than once that the half inflated ball works. I'm going to try it this winter too as even with a heater my tank froze several times this winter.
     
    08-27-2009, 01:58 PM
  #8
Yearling
Quote:
I'd be careful of getting a horse now then waiting 6 months or whatever to get it a friend. Some horses will be fine with that but others will fall apart and develop major behavior issues. Like my girl for instance, her previous owner kept her on her own for a few months a few years ago and she got super pushy, developed a rearing problem (which I'm still trying to break her of) and got really flighty. She might be an extreme case but still, be careful.
I think a mini would be good for my horse, or a small pony? The closest equine animal from there is about 7 houses down, they will be screaming at each other all day long..

The equine down the road doesn't have a buddy either, he died a couple years ago :(

I am only 13, so I'm not sure that we can afford another animal.. seeing as I'm paying for everything, except for the horse..

Does a mini or pony eat alot in the winter?

Thanks guys :)
     
    08-27-2009, 04:14 PM
  #9
Super Moderator
I know you're young that's why I suggested leasing the pasture (or having your friend do it since it's their property) to another person. =)

Could you maybe talk to the neighbor down the street and see if you guys can work something out (like maybe you lease some of their pasture from them or something)? So that both horses have friends?

I have no real experience with small ponies or mini's so I can't help you out there. They do need all the same trimming and vaccinations that a big horse would in any case.
     
    08-27-2009, 04:39 PM
  #10
Yearling
I would get the horse and get to know his personality first. Regardless of what some people will tell you some horse don't mind being alone. I own a "loner." He was on his own for 2 years and wasn't effected in the least. In fact when I bought my new horse we had to build a new fence between the two because he was rough housing so much and scarred the new horses butt! He was clearly trying to run the new horse off "his" property. He has also given a goat a concussion when my mom thought it would be a good idea to get him a buddy. He also broke a dog's legs and picked up a cat by the scruff of its back and tossed it out of "his" barn. Anyway...now that you think my horse is horribly naughty...which I assure you he's not! Worry about horse #1 and then go from there.

My only tip to add is keep the grass short. Most horses don't like the knee length grass. They want the sweet succulent short grass. I think its supposed to be kept at about 4 inches or so for optimum munchability and grass health.
     

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