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    05-02-2012, 07:40 PM
  #1
Yearling
For people with many horses...

Hello! I have a question for people that live on farmland and have a bunch of horses. I always drive by places that have three, four, five horses in the pasture. Right now, me and my boyfriend have two (One I ride and one he rides) but in the future, I would like more. Specifically, I would like an appaloosa, and I would maybe like to foal my Percheron cross, and maybe have a team to pull a carriage for winter sleigh rides or parades.

But, my question is... What do you do with all of your horses? How on earth do you manage to find enough time for all of them? If you have five horses, do you work with all five, every day? How do you make sure they all get the attention they deserve? I would love more than two horses when I think we are financially stable enough for it and have the land, but I don't want to neglect any horse the attention they deserve. Do you alternate days or weeks?

Sorry if this is an old answered question, I did a search and didn't really come up with anything. And thank you all for your answers!
     
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    05-02-2012, 08:15 PM
  #2
Foal
Well!! I have twelve and a half horses! Far too many. The half is a welsh cob stallion that my friend and neighbour keeps at her place. He has a large paddock next door to her other horses and he keeps himself very fit and healthy watching his 'patch'

Two retired horses. One old standardbred that my daughters friend left here! I have two thirty acres so have plenty of room. The other retiree is an eighteen hand half clydey I took off my daughter as he would have killed her. Unbeknown to us this unbroken horse had a very abused background and had been badly injured. He still goes lame every now and then so I could not in good conscience have sold him on. Anyway, I promised him no one would ever abuse him again so he is sort of like a very large pet, and quite friendly and relaxed now. I will put him in the round pen and work him gently so I can handle him better. We got him before I had Clinton Andersons Method.

I have two brood mares, one a purebred Arab with a Andalusian filly foal at foot, the other a mixture of Clydesdale, throroughbred and station bred.

Two small welsh ponies I rescued over twelve months ago. One I have just started for my granddaughter. The other will go to another granddaughter.

Two have just gone to my daughter and her children to learn to ride. One is my old trail horse and one pony is the first foal I bred.

One part Andalusian three yo that I have sent to my daughter to get started and ride. One half Arab four yo I will start shortly for a friend I have been teaching natural horsemanship to.

Follyfoot is my current horse, he is Arab, and the only one I ride regularly. So, to answer your question, I am ground training four at the moment and riding one.
     
    05-02-2012, 08:33 PM
  #3
Weanling
We have 14 horses. I have a couple that are our "riding" horses. The rest are broodmares and fillies. I spend everyday watering them and making sure their roundbale is in good order. I take a curry out in the field and brush them all down every day and pick their hooves. Its relaxing for me and it gives me a chance to see if they have any injuries etc. If they do I bring them in stalls until they are healed up if its a bad cut or anything. (it happens they are rough with each other especially the mares). I ride my riding horses a few times per week usually just for pleasure and work with young stock weekly. Usually easy lessons like lunging, tying, ground manners etc. It IS time consuming. But many of my horses are older and just not rideable anymore so that makes it easier. Plus they seem to be happy to not have to tote my ass around :)
     
    05-02-2012, 08:35 PM
  #4
Green Broke
I have 3 of my own. Woman were I pasture board has 5 or 6, can't remember, but of mine, I have one that has health issues and was my son's. He isn't ridden.

Other older horse is "pink flamingo" and gets ridden rarely, mostly because I just don't take time to. After working at barn last thing I want to do is ride my own.

Youngest horse, my newest I bought because he is so cool. WP horse, but I got him for trail riding. I have rarely ridden him though, as again being tired/56 and I found after my oldest son was killed that I just don't have much get up and go, as nothing really has mattered. But getting better, and actually have made friends with quite a few women trail riders with good sense, so when trailer comes back from shop, will start trying to go some. Barn permitting of course.

If you aren't competing, and needing to keep horse on top of their game? You don't have to mess with them or ride daily, or even weekly.
     
    05-02-2012, 08:58 PM
  #5
Green Broke
Well I have 3 horses and one of them is my old girl who gets ridden on rare occasions but otherwise is pretty much retired.

Then my two boys I haven't really had a chance to sort out how to do things since my tb has been lame for various reasons since I have gotten him so I sometimes only have one rideable horse. When they are both good to ride I normally ride them on alternate days or if I have time I'll ride them one after the other on the same day.

Occasionally since they are very different horses to ride I'll just ride whoever I feel like or whichever is closer/easier to catch lol.
     
    05-02-2012, 09:13 PM
  #6
Trained
I've got 3, but thankfully only one is under saddle. One is retired, the other is only 18 months old. I work full time, and at night I only get about 15mins of daylight now. So I get up just before 6am to ride.
Once my youngster is under saddle, I am hoping that my agistment owners will have finished their planned new arena, which will have floodlights installed. Then I can ride one in the morning, and one after work.
     
    05-02-2012, 09:33 PM
  #7
Showing
I have seven, and I take care of them myself. Feed, clean, bathe, groom, fix fences, rotate pastures, maintain the truck and trailer, keep track of shots and wormers, schedule shavings pick-up times, call in deliveries, schedule farrier/vet/dentist, etc. All that good stuff . Only four are riding horses (the other three are my mother's miniatures), and one is semi-retired, though I ride him at fair and start working with him a few months beforehand. He doesn't need much more than that. My Percheron gets worked a few times a week, more as we get closer to the fair. The Thoroughbreds (2) I try to work as often as possible, so my mare gets around an hour of ride time 3-5 times a week. My eventer is being worked up to an hour 5-6 times a week.

It is a loottt of work. Thankfully my mom rides her Percheron often in the summer and funds our equestrian passion (except for lessons and tack, which I pay for).
     
    05-02-2012, 10:24 PM
  #8
Trained
Hi shoe box
Hope you are well nice to see you again
     
    05-02-2012, 10:34 PM
  #9
Showing
I have 11 and one on the way. Several are seniors that have always called the farm home & are used for beginner riding lessons, my hubby's trail mare, a couple retired broodies that I ride occasionally, my 2 that I ride daily, a 2yo & yearling that will be my future rides.

I don't work outside the farm, so I devote most of my time to the barn & horses. I ride several hours a day, a couple of mine and a few outside horses. When I was still working a day job it was much harder to find time for all of them.
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    05-02-2012, 11:32 PM
  #10
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Palomine    
I have 3 of my own. Woman were I pasture board has 5 or 6, can't remember, but of mine, I have one that has health issues and was my son's. He isn't ridden.

Other older horse is "pink flamingo" and gets ridden rarely, mostly because I just don't take time to. After working at barn last thing I want to do is ride my own.

Youngest horse, my newest I bought because he is so cool. WP horse, but I got him for trail riding. I have rarely ridden him though, as again being tired/56 and I found after my oldest son was killed that I just don't have much get up and go, as nothing really has mattered. But getting better, and actually have made friends with quite a few women trail riders with good sense, so when trailer comes back from shop, will start trying to go some. Barn permitting of course.

If you aren't competing, and needing to keep horse on top of their game? You don't have to mess with them or ride daily, or even weekly.
I'm sorry to hear that, and I'm really really glad to hear that it's getting better. :)

And thanks everyone for your awesome answers! It seems that usually there is at least one retired horse, sometimes one too young to ride, and a few riding horses. I guess I was under the impression that if they weren't ridden almost every day, they would lose progress or something. There was one point I couldn't get out to the stables for two weeks, and my horse was not happy with me. And now, it's been over a month since her bridle broke and I finally commissioned one.. We'll see how it goes on Friday!

Anyways! Off topic. Thanks all, I feel like I could keep a few horses now and not be wracked with guilt over not paying them enough attention :) Of course, this is in the future. So I have time to think it over, too.
     

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