Had to put shoes on Stella today which is against all I am trying to achieve. Bare foot was the aim to get her hooves back to natural but, we have a cattle drive in three weeks and it is all on sealed roads and her hooves are not ready for that kind of milage on a sealed and rocky surface so on went the iron. Had considered boots but the cost would be prohibative.
I now need to work her on her own away from her padock mate, that will prove to be interesting but it has to be done.
I read how others lease there horses and feel sorry for them in a way. My horse is 20 yards from where I am sitting right at this moment. Any time I want to spend time doing ground work with Stella or Kate its just a walk out the door and start pushing them around. CW I admire your commitment and the effort you have to put in to spend the time with your horse and all those others who do not have their horse close i'm not sure I would have taken on the emotional and financial cost of horse ownership if they were stabled.
Heres a little exercise others may like to do and not while the other half is around if he/she is not into horses.
Horse $4000-00 each
Trailer $8 to $30,000
Truck to pull the float again $8 to $30,000
Saddle/tack $3500 one saddle only Tucker.
Basic total for the two horses we own $34,000 all that for an animal that at times acts like a spoilt teenager