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        01-10-2010, 08:44 AM
      #21
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by iridehorses    
    You can get away with 2 horses on 1/3 acre (the amount you will have fenced in) as long as you realize that all of whatever grass is there now will be long gone in a short time and replaced by mud when it rains...
    Good thing to consider...if one of the areas you are considering drains better than the others, it is a big plus. In our small area, after the ground is saturated and it's all mud, it takes about 3 days without rain for it to firm back up.
         
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        01-10-2010, 10:46 AM
      #22
    Green Broke
    We are talking to a Financial Adviser about buying. If our credit scores go up by the time it's warm we will just buy a house on land. If not then we will fence in about half or more of our property. The back doesn't drain well so we will fence in one side and the front. I know that it will be a dry lot and I'll have to feed hay.

    The thing of it is ....and I didn't really want to bring this up. The places that I can afford to board at are less than ideal. It's all I can afford though.

    The place I'm at now. I went out there to clean stalls and someone was riding my horse (and I don't even know this person). They claim it was an accident and Sue told them to ride a certain horse in the pasture and they accidentally got her out. Piper is the only bay on the property. There are only two out in the pasture at the time. Whenever I go to clean stalls there is never sawdust or straw. I have to pick the manure off the top and leave the rest or the horses won't have anything to sleep on. The pony they have hasn't had her stall cleaned in months and she doesn't want me cleaning it. The whole place is fenced using three electric wire strands. The horses are constantly getting through it. The other day I had to help round them up. They were a good two miles away! She never has enough hay, grain, dog food, rabbit food and so on. Her one horse hasn't had his teeth floated since she bought him five years ago and he's dropping grain. She can only afford to get two horses trimmed a month. They are constantly using my tack (even opening my brand new stuff). Sometimes she only goes out there one time a day. She's got a blind, always foundering mini that she keeps in and breeds with a totally crazy mini stud.

    Everytime I go out she changes things. Can't let the horse out til their fed, then the next time let the horses out before or throw the hay out with them. Clean the stalls completely, only clean the manure. This stall has sawdust, then straw. And she gets irritated if I do things wrong.

    She's completely out for money. I spent five hours fixing a blanket that I thought was for my horse. She brought it over and said "Fix this and we'll put it on Piper". The whole side panel was shredded. I got it looking pretty decent. Spent $20 something dollars in material. Now she wants $40 for it! She even posted it on craigslist! Even though it's on my horse. (I had to buy her a new one now but it's not here yet). I pay $75 and clean 5 stalls 3 days a week. I don't even have my horse stalled.

    I'm constantly worrying about my horse getting hurt, not getting fed, being ridden without my permission or something else. I mean she knows a bit about horses and is a good trainer but going out there exhausts me emotionally.

    And the last place was worse! I'm looking for another place temporarily but there aren't a lot of people who board around here. The ones that do are full. So for now I'm stuck. I was in such a hurry to get her out of the other place I didn't pay attention to the small details (stupid me).

    I just feel like I could take better care of her here. You know?
         
        01-10-2010, 11:08 AM
      #23
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ShutUpJoe    
    We are talking to a Financial Adviser about buying. If our credit scores go up by the time it's warm we will just buy a house on land. If not then we will fence in about half or more of our property. The back doesn't drain well so we will fence in one side and the front. I know that it will be a dry lot and I'll have to feed hay.

    The thing of it is ....and I didn't really want to bring this up. The places that I can afford to board at are less than ideal. It's all I can afford though.

    The place I'm at now. I went out there to clean stalls and someone was riding my horse (and I don't even know this person). They claim it was an accident and Sue told them to ride a certain horse in the pasture and they accidentally got her out. Piper is the only bay on the property. There are only two out in the pasture at the time. Whenever I go to clean stalls there is never sawdust or straw. I have to pick the manure off the top and leave the rest or the horses won't have anything to sleep on. The pony they have hasn't had her stall cleaned in months and she doesn't want me cleaning it. The whole place is fenced using three electric wire strands. The horses are constantly getting through it. The other day I had to help round them up. They were a good two miles away! She never has enough hay, grain, dog food, rabbit food and so on. Her one horse hasn't had his teeth floated since she bought him five years ago and he's dropping grain. She can only afford to get two horses trimmed a month. They are constantly using my tack (even opening my brand new stuff). Sometimes she only goes out there one time a day. She's got a blind, always foundering mini that she keeps in and breeds with a totally crazy mini stud.

    Everytime I go out she changes things. Can't let the horse out til their fed, then the next time let the horses out before or throw the hay out with them. Clean the stalls completely, only clean the manure. This stall has sawdust, then straw. And she gets irritated if I do things wrong.

    She's completely out for money. I spent five hours fixing a blanket that I thought was for my horse. She brought it over and said "Fix this and we'll put it on Piper". The whole side panel was shredded. I got it looking pretty decent. Spent $20 something dollars in material. Now she wants $40 for it! She even posted it on craigslist! Even though it's on my horse. (I had to buy her a new one now but it's not here yet). I pay $75 and clean 5 stalls 3 days a week. I don't even have my horse stalled.

    I'm constantly worrying about my horse getting hurt, not getting fed, being ridden without my permission or something else. I mean she knows a bit about horses and is a good trainer but going out there exhausts me emotionally.

    And the last place was worse! I'm looking for another place temporarily but there aren't a lot of people who board around here. The ones that do are full. So for now I'm stuck. I was in such a hurry to get her out of the other place I didn't pay attention to the small details (stupid me).

    I just feel like I could take better care of her here. You know?
    you will manage cushty at your own place, once you get them there I,ve had to keep two at home for the last few weeks neighbours have complained ,sent the rspsa the police everything[theres no other horses around me] it is a bit of a pain getting rid of the manure but its worth it to have them around you
         
        01-11-2010, 05:32 AM
      #24
    Banned
    The place you're boarding does sound like a nightmare and one that you need to get your horse out of. Sounds like the BO didn't understand what it truly costs to run a place, has too much stock of her own and is taking in boarders to try to underwrite the care on her own stock.

    Please just bear in mind that while it's possible to keep horses well on small acreage, it's 1.) labor intensive and 2.) expensive. At this time of year you could easily spend $100. A month just on hay.

    I keep my horses the way I do (On grass 8 months of the year, with rotated and dragged paddocks, access to stalls with mats but not bedding.) because it's the cheapest and least labor intensive. I couldn't afford to keep a horse the way you're planning to.

    I also hate to see you put that kind of money into a capital improvement on a rental property that you may have to walk away from.

    Before we got our own place I rented a small pasture with a run in for the two horses I had at the time. I provided all my own feed and supplies and did all the care. Cost me $100. Per month. Only fed hay 3 - 4 months out of the year. It would be great if you could find a similar deal.

    Good luck, and let me know how it goes.
         

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