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    05-12-2012, 04:14 PM
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Foal
Tips/suggestions for first time living onsite with my horse.

Hello fellow horse forum frequenters!

I often read and browse the forums and absolutely love all the various topics that are discussed. Fun fact, this is my first post!

And here it is!

Lets start off with a little background. I am 22 and have been raised with horses my whole life. I am well rehearsed in riding, showing, basic nutrition and feeding, and I am confident and experienced in handling horses.

Currently I am finishing up my undergrad at a university in Washington. I am fortunate enough to have made some horse savy friends who also dreamed of living on site with their horse while attending school. So excitingly enough, this upcoming fall upon returning to school, I will be living in a ranch style home equip to house three horses. One of which will be mine.

Some side info is; two of the people have lived onsite with their horses prior. The three horses will be coming from different areas, two from Washington one from California. Everyone in the house is between 20 and 24 years of age. There will be a manager of the property living basically onsite who over sees the property maintenance, not necessarily specifically the horses (I am not aware of how familiar he is with horses).. I have a vet kid, vets in the area available, and from my experience do well in emergency-high stress situations.

My question is, out of those of you who currently and or have had that first time living on site with a horse(s) experience, what were you dished? What is there to expect?
I am aware that there may be the potential escapie (sp) and will be a feeding schedule, etc.
But any advise, tips, tricks, heads up you can offer is much appreciated. Feel free to ask me any info I have not covered in the above text.

Thanks for any responses!
     
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    05-13-2012, 09:18 AM
  #2
Yearling
Being on site with your horse is something your going to miss when you have to give it up. Living on property with annie gave me so much opportunity to really get to know her and make friends more than just training partners. Even my bf got to the point where he's just lay on her back and read while she grazed (my favorite is when they'd share the water hose at the same time) all I can tell you, is be aware of your fences and their maintenance. Keep your feeding schedule as regular as possible, and treat your workspace the same as you would treat a boarding barns. Messes in any horsie home are detrimental to its success. Otherwise, enjoy :)
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    05-13-2012, 02:31 PM
  #3
Foal
Thanks AP! All great input and suggestions. I am excited to live with her and get to know her on another level. This property is a (potential/hopeful) long term set up for the next 5-6 years of school that I'll have. That is a great suggestion pertaining to keeping the place clean and tidy! Thank you!
     
    05-17-2012, 09:09 PM
  #4
Weanling
Hello,
I live outside of Seattle, between Redmond and Woodinville!
You have a couple of new situations youll need to sort out
1. Caring for your horse on site.
2. Caring for other peoples horses, and living with them.

As everyone knows barns are infamous for the level of drama that accompany them. It can be hard to imagine having barn drama and then having to live with those people to. Much like communism, its a great idea on paper, but falls short in real life.



IF they've been their before they will probably have a cleaning and management routine already set up and youll just have to fit in to what they're comfortable with; which could be anything from:
  • I'll take care of my horses and don't come near my horse or my stuff
    • Pros: You get things done the way you want them
    • Cons: It is always up to you, and you will get sick and you will want to sleep in and you will want to go out or sleep at someones house, or go away for a weekend, or have finals and need to study or work late.
  • We share all tasks and alternate chores
    • Pros: Eases up your schedule and gives you flexability with the rest of your life.
    • Cons: You have to be okay with how other people do things with your stuff and your horse. Personal note: I wanted to stab my husband in the head the first time I saw him trying to mix my mares grain, simply because it wasn't how I liked it to be done. With our horses we tend to be unreasonably specific in how things are done to/for/around them and need to be okay with letting go of that ideal, and watching it be done "wrong" every day. This is A LOT harder than it sounds.
I love having my horses in my back yard, it makes working all day and coming home so much better. Every morning I remember why I go to work and why I work so hard.

But when you have the flu, or you've taken a spill and have crushed foot or there is 3 feet of snow. Horses need to be fed, and cleaned several times a day, and honestly it can kill your desire to ride.



My advice:
  • Always make the time to ride and THEN fit in whatever chores you can. There's always room for chores and there will never be any time to ride "after you're done". If you wait till the work is done in order to play you will always be too tired, or worse come the fall in Washington, when it gets dark at 4PM, and it's raining all time time, there won't be any time left.
  • Color code and put your name or initals on everything. Its a lot easier to say stop using my expensive hoof crap on it when your bottle is obviously missing.
  • Invest in 4-6 small hole "slow feed" hay nets. I like the colored ones (see above) from Dover. Why 4-6? The day you've accidently slept in or horse gets out and darts out in to traffic is going to be the day you have a test, or need to be at work early. Making up several hay nets for a couple days in advance allows you to just grab it, hang it and go. Plus it allows you to make them at your leasure and not get hay all over everything. Hanging a haynet doesn't get as much hay all over yourself as you would when you have to measure out flakes and shove them in. Also in case you can't feed and need someone else God forbid a non-horsey person, to do it for you, it's easier for them to understand "hang the red hay net" vs. telling someone "You'ld need 3 flakes of timothy, not the alfalfa that's my roommates."
  • SmartPaks. At the end of a long day the last thing I want to do is measure everything out.
  • I recomend plastic drawers for your tack and supplies versus a catch all trunk.
  • Get your "bad weather" plans in place upfront. Does any part of your horses area flood overwhelmingly? In the winter how is the water, does it freeze? When the power goes out or there is a TON of snow, how difficult is it to get to the barn? There is nothing worse than your first winter living with your horse onsite, walking through 3 feet of snow only to realize the water is frozen and you're going to need to go back in to the house bring it out to the barn bucket by bucket.
Hope this helps! You said you're attending a University in Washington. I don't know if that means U-Dub, WSU, WWU, EWU, Central, PLU, or UPS but if you're in the area, you're always welcome out to my barn to see my setup and how I do. I've been a "Horses for Clean Water" Tour Property for efficient chore keeping, and I'm always willing to demo my "systems".

J



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Originally Posted by CopperTone    
Hello fellow horse forum frequenters!

I often read and browse the forums and absolutely love all the various topics that are discussed. Fun fact, this is my first post!

And here it is!

Lets start off with a little background. I am 22 and have been raised with horses my whole life. I am well rehearsed in riding, showing, basic nutrition and feeding, and I am confident and experienced in handling horses.

Currently I am finishing up my undergrad at a university in Washington. I am fortunate enough to have made some horse savy friends who also dreamed of living on site with their horse while attending school. So excitingly enough, this upcoming fall upon returning to school, I will be living in a ranch style home equip to house three horses. One of which will be mine.

Some side info is; two of the people have lived onsite with their horses prior. The three horses will be coming from different areas, two from Washington one from California. Everyone in the house is between 20 and 24 years of age. There will be a manager of the property living basically onsite who over sees the property maintenance, not necessarily specifically the horses (I am not aware of how familiar he is with horses).. I have a vet kid, vets in the area available, and from my experience do well in emergency-high stress situations.

My question is, out of those of you who currently and or have had that first time living on site with a horse(s) experience, what were you dished? What is there to expect?
I am aware that there may be the potential escapie (sp) and will be a feeding schedule, etc.
But any advise, tips, tricks, heads up you can offer is much appreciated. Feel free to ask me any info I have not covered in the above text.

Thanks for any responses!
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    06-20-2012, 12:31 AM
  #5
Foal
Such great advise BGRW, I'd take these two posts over a ton of information less 'posts just to post'. Also, thank you so much for the invite, I might just have to take you up on it some day! Thanks again!
     

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