First I would like to introduce myself, my name is CaSandra and I'm new to the Horse Forums. I decided to join this forum hoping that I can gain a lot of good advice and knowledge on horse care.
I have ALWAYS wanted horses and my husband has decided to go to Alaska for commercial fishing and promised me that we could fulfill this life-long dream of mine! :) I have no idea how much work a horse (or two, we plan on having two) will take but I am prepared to dedicate the time to that special team when the time comes.
Beforehand, however, I want to know what to expect. I am also currently in Veterinary Assisting school and I plan to go further after I graduate in August 2010 because Assisting school does not cover livestock as well as I would like.
I'm interested in having two Clydesdales for leisure driving every once in a while, riding and having in our family. We don't have children and we're not planning on having a baby any time soon, either.
We'll be purchasing a home with land and to help us decide what size lot we should buy, it would be nice to know just how much space is far from the minimum but practical for only two horses? 3? 4 acres?
Also, what should we be looking for in the horses we plan to buy? Age? Temperament? I know that we would definitely want very mellow Clydes.
How much feed would two healthy Clydes need monthly? What would you all suggest on how to purchase their feed? Annually? Monthly? How much to Clydes eat per day?
Basically, I need some horse professional's break-downs of how to take care of horses day-to-day because I don't want to end up being one of those people who buy horses without knowing anything. I want to know EVERYTHING!!!!