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post #11 of 14 Old 11-30-2012, 11:10 AM
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When you have a small area where a horse is kept, your fence will take a beating. I keep mine (4 horses) on a 1.5-2 acre dry lot in the winter or when I need to take them off the pasture. I put up good quality woven wire horse fence. They have it leaned over almost all the way around. Do yourself and your fence a favor and put the hot wire in. I didn't and regret it.
The dry or sacrifice lot is a good way to manage pasture too. My girls go to the lot whenever my pasture is stressed, muddy, or the weather is bad. I feed hay during that time. Good luck and enjoy your new adventure

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post #12 of 14 Old 11-30-2012, 12:33 PM
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Welcome and congratulations on your soon to be horse!

Just wanted to stress on the 3-6 hours of riding. Unless your new horse is all ready in excellent condition, you are going to want to take it slow or you will burn him or her out. It's like asking someone who has never ran a mile to win a marathon. I would probably start with an hour a day depending on your horse.
You can trot him or her over poles or if you have access to any small hills those are great for building muscle.
I would get as many books and talk to trainers for advice, most are willing, because horse people love talking about horses!

How long have you been riding, you can also take a lesson or a few on your new horse with a trainer and he or she can send you in the right direction! Just let them know what you are wanting to accomplish!

There are so many feeds out there, look up feeds on the forum and you will find a lot of good info, then research your top choices and make and educated decision!

Good luck with everything!
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post #13 of 14 Old 11-30-2012, 12:38 PM
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Oh and as far as what to look for in a new horse, go to the horse conformation section on this forum and read a bunch of those and the comments!
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post #14 of 14 Old 11-30-2012, 06:22 PM
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Hi there,

I write about horses for a living and have written a number of articles for people just like you! I've got some of them posted in the archives of my blog ("Horse Shopping 101' -- parts 1 and 2, "Buying a Bargain Horse", and "The Real Costs of Horse Ownership"). You can read them at this link if you like:

The Equinist: Articles and Commentary by Susan Kauffmann: Buying a Horse

Best of luck -- and please consider getting your horse an equine companion of some kind if there will be no other horses within close sight. A mini donkey makes a great horse buddy and will entertain you to no you can see in this video of my long-eared monkey with one of our horses:

Most horses don't enjoy life as loners.
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