Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
MyBoySi, I don't mind mucking and all that. In fact, I rather enjoy it. I used to work at a friend's barn doing exactly that and for the first year and a half I owned Aires, I did my own stall and water. My new barn only does full care, though, which is why I don't do my stall now. I also don't mind having a BO, as she's super chill and really nice.
DHW, I'm just going by what the BO said. The bales are three-string, which around here are 100-120lbs. He gets fed three times a day. Granted, his breakfast is grass hay, lunch is 50/50 grass and alfalfa, and dinner is alfalfa, but the grass hay is also a three-string (100-120lbs) bale and is running about $18/bale. When I moved him temporarily last week because of the fire, he went through a three-string 120lbs bale of alfalfa in three and a half days, being fed about 10-15lbs per feeding, but only being fed twice a day.
As for him being alone...he is actually ok by himself. He was by himself the first couple of days when I moved him and he wasn't stressed, was eating fine, and drinking normally. I also will probably have a good friend of mine who has two horses renting a room from me, so he wouldn't be alone. Barring my friend not working out, I planned on adopting a donkey from a local rescue, at least until we get my boyfriend a horse.
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