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    12-10-2010, 02:38 PM
I'm looking for book recommendations or advice..

On horse care?

We don't really know anything, I don't really have any specific questions, just needing to do some reading.

I have Storey's Horse Training book, the Pony Club handbook for my dd, and a Clinton Anderson Horsemanship book.

Just needing the basics.

We live out in the country, we have lots of livestock, just no horses. We have bought a horse that is staying with a friend until Christmas, he is an awesome beginner horse.

We live on 400 acres, but the horse will be on just a few (here at our house). We have all the grass hay we want. We are surrounded by cattle on every side (some are feed lotted, so I don't want the horse with them anyway). We have goats also here at the house. We have a small plot fenced that we are hoping will work for the horse for a little while. It is planted with wheat/bird seed, but isn't really thick or tall. We plant it there every year to turn our goats in it during the later part of winter so they will always have fresh green food.

I'm a little concerned it might be too rich for the horse, though it is pretty small (1/2 acre). Where he came from was pure dirt/mud, he didn't have anything fresh and it was even smaller than where we plan on putting him. When he comes we are putting our new baby donkey in with him so they will both have company.

Copied from the Horse Trailer forum, since I went off topic I moved it here.

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    12-10-2010, 02:47 PM
Several books you might want to look into buying are Horse Owner's Veterinary Handbook (I have it, very useful), Understanding Horse Behavior, Understanding Equine Nutrition, and Wellshod: A Horseshoeing Guide for Owners and Farriers.

    12-10-2010, 07:20 PM
Horse Keeping on a Small Acreage (very informative, no matter how much land you live on), The Horsekeeping Almanac, Horses for Dummies. That's a few that I have that stand out in my head :)
    12-10-2010, 08:47 PM
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Do a lot of research online too. Type in the grass planted in your paddock and see if it is ok for horses. The other thing is if he's coming from not grazing to being able to graze he may get sick.

I don't have any books on horse keeping but like I said, look up whatever you are thinking on line and you can get a good idea of the answers your looking for. Good luck.
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