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    10-22-2012, 11:18 PM
  #11
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
Mine live out my back door :) Wouldn't have it any other way, it's nice having them right there plus I don't like to share ;) We have a 12 stall barn with feed & tack room and washrack, separate hay barn. We have 5 pastures, smallest is a stud lot at 1 acre to the large ones that are not quite 10. We have an insulated indoor arena and a 150 x 300 outdoor arena (that also doubles as dry lot when needed) There is 17 acres of woods at the back of the property to ride in as well. Costs, don't want to go there, in a year generally enough to buy a new car...
I'm moving in with you, kay? Will ride/help train for board...Morgan can ride my fatty and I'll sneak Knot Head lovings.. I think between you and I riding him he'd get his weight where it needs to be..Not sure about Hickory and Morgan giving him peppermints.

Luckily I keep mine at our horse and they are all turned out together 24/7 on a 17 acre pasture, 5 horses and a pony..fall-spring they are on free choice high quality hay with grain year round. They seem to like it that way..They have trees along the fence line of one parture (ours is seperated in two areas, one smaller than the other. We also have a twoish acres area seperated from the others if we need to isolate a horse, there is also a stall in that area.
     
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    10-22-2012, 11:39 PM
  #12
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All of mine live in the back yard in a 15 acre field with a stream for water, and and 4 stall barn. No separate paddocks though, I do wish I had that. It's nice to walk outside and see them, and look out the window and watch them hanging out.

I'd never board my horses unless I absolutely had to.
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    10-22-2012, 11:59 PM
  #13
Weanling
I envy you guys who get to keep them at home, especially with the personal indoor arena! I keep my new girl at a riding school. She is stalled nightly and during bad weather, individual turnout in a hog fuel paddock during the day. The place has a nice well lit indoor, and large, slightly sloped outdoor. There is a field in the back for summer pasture turnout. I supply my own hay and feed, they feed and turnout mornings and I clean and feed evenings and I pay $200/month.
     
    10-23-2012, 12:02 AM
  #14
Started
My four are are kept at our place - the only way to go for me. They have two ten acre pastures (rotated) with trees/sloughs plus about an acre of corrals. They have access to a large run in shed and go in the four stall barn during bad weather. They go in the pasture every day but I bring them into the large corral (with run in shed) for over night where they are fed grain and hay (amount depends on the season). This is partly for security and partly for dietary considerations.

I have a portable 50-60 ft round pen plus a couple of corrals for "arena" work. While I would love to have an indoor arena, I know that is never going to happen.

We have enough land that we grow and make our hay. That helps reduce costs. We have in the past grown our own oats but now find it more convenient to buy from the feed store.
     
    10-23-2012, 12:36 AM
  #15
Foal
Where my horse lives...let's just say it's not ideal.

The barn has the best training in the city, is only 20 minutes away from my house, AND it employs me during the summer but it houses about 120+ horses on 20 acres...you can see where this is going.

He lives in a 12x12 stall most of the day and for two hours, he gets turned out in a dirt paddock with a one other horse. They just sort of stand around doing nothing. At least he's a calm guy who hasn't known what it's like to live out all the time, and honestly I don't think he'd thrive like that. He's a sensitive type, gets picked on if he's in a big group and loses weight in the summer because of the heat and flies.

The riding rings are nice, a bit deep in my opinion, but they get watered and dragged regularly and there's lights and nice jumps. Each boarder gets a tack locker and a space for their trunk. Lit grooming stall with a fan for cooling off and outlets for clipping. Wash racks with good water pressure.
     
    10-23-2012, 09:20 AM
  #16
Showing
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Originally Posted by DrumRunner    
I'm moving in with you, kay? Will ride/help train for board...Morgan can ride my fatty and I'll sneak Knot Head lovings.. I think between you and I riding him he'd get his weight where it needs to be..Not sure about Hickory and Morgan giving him peppermints.
We keep sugar free peppermints so at least they are diet treats lol!
You have yourself a deal if you add nanny/babysitter to the plan and maybe some southern charm lessons for my ornery tomboy

If we have both of the fatties at my house I'm thinking that a hot walker might be a good investment....had one when I was a kid, wish gpa wouldn't have sold it. It mostly got used as a swing though, my sister & I had milk crates with leg holes cut out on the front and we'd swing around in circles while mom worked horses Oooooh or even better an aquatred! Just have to hit the lotto first.
     
    10-23-2012, 04:41 PM
  #17
Foal
I wish we could keep my girl at home! Eventually we'll be buying land for a mini farm, and she can come home then!

For now she lives in I *think* 10 acres (give or take) with three other horses. Her field has a lot of trees for shelter along with two run in areas in the barn (which is a working tobacco barn; no, the horses don't bother the tobacco). They have a river for a water source, but they do haul water to a trough for winter and when needed in the summer. Free choice round bale given along with 3 bales put in the hay racks in the barn after supper for my girl and the oldie out there.

Eventually he plans to build a barn up by his house and moving the horses up there. He is going to have 4 stalls (one for each as needed), but still have the run in area since he'd rather not stall unless needed. But that's in the future ;)
     
    10-23-2012, 04:58 PM
  #18
Weanling
After about 2 years of boarding... I kept my horse home... and then bought another one... and then had to board again... I hated it. Once you bring your horse home, you can't be happy with them anywhere else.

Now, fortunately I have my own farm and I can always keep them home.

At this very moment, my mare is in my backyard (usually where the dog is!) to mow the lawn and my gelding is out in the paddock.
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    10-24-2012, 12:06 AM
  #19
Yearling
My horses live at home! I have never had to board horses and I don't think I would like it much. We live on 10acres, there is a main pasture, north pasture and a outdoor training riding arena (with a wooden bridge/cowboy curtain/pedastal/cavaletis/logs/horse stairs/etc.). There is a run in shed and in the summer I put a rope across our driveway and the horses have full run (LOL literally they do some days) of the yard. We have a 60ft. Round pen also.
I have four horses and one boarded here. We also have use of 1/4 sec. Of one of our neighbor's to put our horses at during the summer to graze. Luckily we have water both in the north pasture and in the main pasture, so no hauling water for me.
Cost=more than I want to know LOL
My boarder pays $100/month and he supplies his own hay/feed for his horse, his horse has been here four years now and thank goodness we have never had a problem with him and we do ride alot together.
     
    10-24-2012, 11:33 AM
  #20
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
We keep sugar free peppermints so at least they are diet treats lol!
You have yourself a deal if you add nanny/babysitter to the plan and maybe some southern charm lessons for my ornery tomboy

If we have both of the fatties at my house I'm thinking that a hot walker might be a good investment....had one when I was a kid, wish gpa wouldn't have sold it. It mostly got used as a swing though, my sister & I had milk crates with leg holes cut out on the front and we'd swing around in circles while mom worked horses Oooooh or even better an aquatred! Just have to hit the lotto first.
I can definitely play the babysitter role, I'm rather good at it.. We'd work on the charm lessons but I even fudge them a little at time

An aquatred would be awesome..Talk about buffing up the fatties..
     

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