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    03-15-2010, 03:16 PM
Originally Posted by Tasia    
Ever since I have started working I have NO desire to EVER build a big barn with lots of horses and stalls... I just want to move my horse home and never step in another stall again.
But I love riding and all that stuff just cleaning 26 stalls and feeding and watering isnt what it has cracked up to be.
26 stalls! WOW
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    03-15-2010, 04:27 PM
Goodness, it's so sweet to see all the enthusiasm.

I've had horses 32 years. I boarded for 27 of them, and I've had the horses at home now for the last 5 years.

Boarding and self care are two completely different animals, but now that I'm doing it all myself I can't imagine ever going back to boarding.

I do all the feeding, grooming, stall cleaning, fence setup/repair, and I enjoy it tremendously. It's a lot of work and I don't ride as much as I used to, but I take great satisfaction in knowing that my horses have clean stalls, safe paddocks, and are fed on a regular schedule.

You truly need a deep love and commitment to these animals to stick with it, because they're expensive to keep and will break your heart when you lose one. But it's all worth it.
    03-15-2010, 04:58 PM
SpeedRacer- I know this is random, but what time in the morning do you wake up to feed your horse? If I got one it would be like 5:15 I think. But is that to early?
    03-15-2010, 05:09 PM
Originally Posted by wannahorse22    
SpeedRacer- I know this is random, but what time in the morning do you wake up to feed your horse? If I got one it would be like 5:15 I think. But is that to early?
It all depends on when you need to be at school or work, how many horses you have etc.
It takes me only about 15-20 min. To get everyone fed and watered. Mine are not in stalls and I don't seperate them to feed. Just walk down the fence line dumping feed, then checking water and hay.
If I had to seperate everyone it would of course take much longer. I have 4 horses.
    03-15-2010, 06:05 PM
Wanna, I need to be at work by 8:00 a.m., so I'm usually up at 5:30 a.m. I have a 45 minute drive to work, so I need to leave home by 7:15 a.m.

Unlike Vida, I can't feed mine together. Casper's a pig and bolts his food, then tries to take everyone else's away from them.

Mack and Casper get the same thing, but Mack gets a little more because he's older, this winter was hard on him, and I'm trying to put some weight back on him.

JJ gets a different feed and twice what Mack and Casper get, because he's a TB and a hard keeper.

So, since they all get different amounts/types of feed, I have to separate them to make sure everyone gets what they're supposed to. Once they've eaten their grain they get turned back out again before I leave, and share hay.

I also have a Great Dane and barn cats who need to be fed and watered.

Once everyone's been fed and the horses are out with their hay, I get dressed and head on in to work.
    03-15-2010, 06:14 PM
I do enjoy spending time with horses and riding. When I build my own barn it may have 8 stalls. Lol.
    03-15-2010, 06:27 PM
Green Broke
Mine's fed at 5:30am. My sister-in-law says that my horse and hers stand at the end of their corrals and stare at the house window, just waiting for the light to turn on and then if she's not out there in what they deem a reasonable amount of time.... the neighbors hear all about it.

Each horse has their own stall and large run (we don't shut stall doors, they are free to go in/out) so feeding in the morning is giving the pre-prepared buckets of feed. Hers eats in her stall, mine outside (unless it's raining/snowing or tired human pours the feed into the inside feeder) and giving hay to mine and hay/alfalfa to hers.

We have to feed separate, I have a quarter horse whose convinced she's starving to death and inhales whatever you feed her (including de-wormer, she LOVES that stuff!!) and she has a thoroughbred whose slow, picky and needs hay in front of her 24x7.

I don't mind shoveling manure, it's quiet and peaceful.... nobody dares to come out there and bother me when I am, for fear I'll make them help!
    03-15-2010, 08:49 PM
Originally Posted by Delfina    
We have to feed separate, I have a quarter horse whose convinced she's starving to death and inhales whatever you feed her (including de-wormer, she LOVES that stuff!!)
Dewormer really? She loves it? Wow
    03-15-2010, 11:03 PM
My wife and I feed ours about 5:30 or 6 in the morning. We have to separate them cause my TWH bolts food and runs everyone else off theirs. We have older QH that has to be stalled to eat due to bad teeth, they are floated, and the amount of feed seh gets, so it takes her a long time to eat. The other two eat at the same speed so no issue there. They share hay and feed time is the only time anyone is stalled. They are standing at the gate or fence looking for you to come feed in the mornings and evenings..
    03-15-2010, 11:16 PM
Wow everyone is saying 5:30 and I'm like wow that's early! Lol

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