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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
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!
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Last edited by Endiku; 05-03-2012 at 06:59 PM.