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        05-03-2012, 09:17 AM
      #11
    Weanling
    I have 4. I ride my 4 year old and my 2 year old every 5 days a week. I work the 26 year old 3 days a week and my wife works hers 5 days a week.
         
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        05-03-2012, 10:58 AM
      #12
    Yearling
    We have 17 horses.....4 are broodies, 6 are performance horses, 2 are two year olds, 1 three year old, 1 old pony for the cousins to ride, 2 are pasture pets, and one is a baby and will soon have another this month.

    I ride 4 of the performance horses right now, one is out do to injury and the other a friends daughter is Jr. Rodeoing on. The broodies usually just eat in the pastures, the pasture pets eat along with them. I do work the young ones on ground work at least every other day, and the old pony is a pasture pet to till summer when the girls are out of school. I am very busy all year round with the horses, barrel races, rodeos, ect. BUT I wouldn't change a thing....love my life.
         
        05-03-2012, 11:10 AM
      #13
    Weanling
    We have 9 horses right now. But horses are our job and day to day business. We offer Beach and Trail rides and take groups up to 5 people alomost every day on rides. We also offer leesons based on natural horsemanship every day. If we are not that busy we work with the horses every day. We have also 3 untrained and young horses we work with at least every second day. But if it is your life and job and do not have another job it makes it a lot easier to take care of them :0) Horses are my live and every day I am not riding I do not feel good! The training of the young horses is my favorite thing to do and every time I learn something new. Even though I am already working with horses for some years now! With horses the learning and realizing will never end! All our horses are riding horses and yes, it is a lot of work but if it is what you love to do and you have the time to do it all day, every day - its just awesome :0)))) But if you have another full time job and you are interested in horses that need to be exercised don't overload yourself!
         
        05-03-2012, 12:10 PM
      #14
    Foal
    My usual routine after work is: Put the alfalfa pellets on to soak. While they are soaking I catch everyone and clean their feet out, give a quick once over to make sure nothing is off. Sometimes I may leave them tied while I check the chicken and goats feed. By then the pellets are finished soaking so I turn loose and feed. Since they are all out 24/7 in a herd together they don't seem upset if I don't pay them a ton of attention, although they never turn it down when offered.

    I have two horses and a donkey. The donkey Eyore is not really worked with in a traditional sense. I got him to keep the varmints and stray dogs off the property, other than that he is just a pet and gets loved on after I get home from work. Thor (paint/belgian) is a large pet, like the donkey all he does is eat and get loved on. Baldur (TWH) is going to be my riding horse so I usually work with him a couple days a week on groundwork, not long ~ 30 minutes. He went to the trainers for saddle training last weekend so after he comes home in a few months I will probably ride a couple days a week.

    There are also three other donkeys that technically belong to my dad. Two jenny's, Brownie is very pregnant and Sandy may/may not be pregnant. The sheriffs dept found them wandering the hwy so we have no history on them other than nobody cared enough to claim them. Poncho is the gelded jack. Dad is a new equine owner so I am taking care of them and telling him what to buy, what to do and when, etc. They are just pets also so we just go out and pet on them whenever we feel like it.

    Of all the folks in my area very few with horses actually do anything with them other than take care of them. I know my dad used to be quite confused as to why I kept a 1600 lb + animal (Thor) as a useless pet. After I moved to college for a couple years and he took care of Thor and Eyore for me I came home to find the situation had changed for the better! Not only does he not think it strange to have such a large pet but he has gotten three of his own equids.
         
        05-03-2012, 12:55 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    I had 4 horses, but just cut down to 2, wanting to get back up to 3. All the horses are mine and my Dads. Right now we have my Dad's 12 year old hand full walker, not many people will ride him. Then we have my 7 year old Appaloosa Mare ( Sold my main riding Paint for her). We then sold my beloved retired Barrel horse, she was an Mustang and great for anyone to ride for 4 hours at lots normally, sometimes she could handle longer. She was an abandon horse so we owned it to her, but financially couldn't have her anymore. Then we had an 12 year old Paint, that was the grandkids horse, my niece rode him until she got her own horse, also could afford him. Now we are at the point where we could afford three horses and have lightly talked about getting an Walker mare, for anyone to ride, plus my dad's walker needs with another gaited horse at times. While said that we are only getting on if it falls into our hands. Boarding hurts us on the horses we want, but I need a horse friends can handle to ride with me.
         
        05-03-2012, 01:46 PM
      #16
    Showing
    I am much like MHFQ, I am self employed so I have all the time in the world to spend at the barn.

    I currently have 14 equine critters on my property, but many of them are retirees. In the big pasture, there are 8 of them, all of whom are either fully retired, semi retired, or not started under saddle yet (I have a coming 2 year old and a coming 3 year old). With them, I'll usually take 20-30 minutes a day and go scratch on everyone, hand out a few treats, and check them over.

    In the smaller paddock, there are 4. 2 are a working driven team of drafts, one is a junk horse that I really want rid of, and one is our old retired Belgian Mule. The team gets worked an average of at least 1 time per week, Tiny (the mule) gets taken into the barn each day and given a special feed because he's starting to have trouble keeping his weight up, ******* (the junk horse) doesn't get handled much beyond basic care. That seems to suit him fine because he just doesn't like people very much.

    The final 2 are mine and my Dad's personal riding horses. They are kept in a large pen beside the barn so that they are easily accessible and easily caught. I usually use Dobe (my guy) on a nearly daily basis. I will often use him to help me handle my young customer horses and/or take him for a relaxing plod around town in the evenings.

    I would feel a lot worse about not spending much time with some of them if they were kept all by themselves. BUT, with them being pastured with a decent sized herd, they keep themselves socialized and happy. Sure, they are happy to see me when I go out there, but they don't seem to crave my attention like they would if they were being really neglected.
         
        05-03-2012, 02:23 PM
      #17
    Showing
    Lol @ the horse named ******* smrobs! I have one that I refer to that way on a good many occasions but the knothead is my personal horse....

    You know you can always send me big butt Nester if you get bored giving him scratches.
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        05-03-2012, 05:57 PM
      #18
    Teen Forum Moderator
    Well I just recounted all of horses, and we're at 35 horses. 41 if you include our three boarded horses and the four that we're holding for a local rescue. (insert maniacle laugh here)

    However, we're a working farm, and almost all of our horses have a specific job that provides a way for them to earn their feed. We run entirely off of volunteer staff, but somehow we manage to sufficiently train and spend time with each of the animals.

    We have five horses who are strictly used for our lesson program, and they're pretty much sufficiently exercised by the kids who ride them, except for refresher and correcting courses to fine tune them. Three more are strictly ranch horses, and they work paired up with our cowboys to keep the ranch in good shape and to control the cattle when we have them. Those are pretty much 100% cared for by their assigned cowboy.

    Then we have the 23 miniature horses and shetland ponies, which are the foundation of our farm since we specialize in therapy for children. Out of those we have three who drive, seven which are ridden in our toddler riding program, and seven which are specially trained for therapy in hospitals, nursing homes, etc. The rest of the minis are breeding stock (two studs, a jack, and t hree broodmares) and aren't really excercised and require only a once-over every day to check for injuries, and ground training. I'm personally in charge of most of our therapy horses, no- I don't excercise all of them every day. The younger ones are all handled daily to ensure that they're well trained, and the older, more experienced horses are really only pulled out when I need them, which is once to twice a week.

    The rest of the horses are either, as smrobs put it, our 'junk' horses- a retired broodmare named Ginger and a crappy horse named Spanks that acts like the biggest sweetheart until you try to do something with her- and those that are either still babies or are in training. Bree, Regal, and JW are all undergoing training to be lesson horses, and the rest are Peppin, Kenzie, and Tempest who are all under seven months old.

    I definitely wouldn't recommend having so many horses though O_O things get pretty darned crazy at times around here!
         
        05-03-2012, 06:18 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    I think my stable owner has about 15-18 horses of her own.

    It's hard to tell sometimes, at winter she has about 30 horses at her stables and pastures and in summer, the amount of horses rise up to 70-80 horses.

    But she got plenty of room. She got 250 hectare, it should be about 620 acres?

    She only rides two of her horses. The rest is broodmares or youngsters, and some of her horses have other riders. I ride 2-3 of her other horses a few times a week.
         

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