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post #1 of 11 Old 04-23-2010, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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Wink What Horses Want

Does a horse want to be free like a wild horse? Does a horse want to hunt for food in the winter? What does a horse really want, and a better question, What do we want horses to be able to do?

I am a Montana Cowboy and I want to make a difference for horses all around the west. Take a look at my website and tell me whether I am doing the right thing or am off my rocker. Thanks for your input.

www.happyhorsesranch.com

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post #2 of 11 Old 04-23-2010, 09:42 PM
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I think thats cool, so your pretty much going to save some horses and let them out in the pasture just to be horses? my only thought is... if you dont sell any, and you just keep getting more... arent you going to run out of space/land for them? It sounds like a good idea, good luck! :)

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post #3 of 11 Old 04-24-2010, 04:18 AM
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If you're really going to try this, I can not stress enough that you MUST start small. I know it is tempting to take in a lot of horses but you need to make sure that you can keep up with the amount you own, so take them in one or two at a time and give a good amount of time between adding more and STOP when you start to feel a slight stretch, don't even look at more unless you sell some that you have or they pass away. Really, it is SO important. I know we all think we can handle it but each horse needs to be able to be thoroughly checked on a very regular basis because problems can develop anytime. Make sure all of the horses can be handled to be checked, have feet checked and trimmed/shod, get shots, be dewormed, etc. and that the horses are all keeping weight well and fed seperately or extra if there is a problem (and that no horses are very overweight, either)
And make sure that there are no stallions! If you come into possession of a stallion, get him gelded right away and seperate from the others until he has been gelded..because you know random breeding like that is a major cause of the excess horses that wind up being neglected in the first place.

You may know all of this, but I just want to make sure. It is a very nice idea if done right. Good luck in your venture!

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post #4 of 11 Old 04-24-2010, 04:42 AM
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I bet you could make money off of it if you offered it as a retirement place for old horses/horses that can't be ridden again.

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post #5 of 11 Old 04-24-2010, 11:05 AM
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I think you will run out of room real quick.
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post #6 of 11 Old 04-30-2010, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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You are very intuative

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If you're really going to try this, I can not stress enough that you MUST start small. I know it is tempting to take in a lot of horses but you need to make sure that you can keep up with the amount you own, so take them in one or two at a time and give a good amount of time between adding more and STOP when you start to feel a slight stretch, don't even look at more unless you sell some that you have or they pass away. Really, it is SO important. I know we all think we can handle it but each horse needs to be able to be thoroughly checked on a very regular basis because problems can develop anytime. Make sure all of the horses can be handled to be checked, have feet checked and trimmed/shod, get shots, be dewormed, etc. and that the horses are all keeping weight well and fed seperately or extra if there is a problem (and that no horses are very overweight, either)
And make sure that there are no stallions! If you come into possession of a stallion, get him gelded right away and seperate from the others until he has been gelded..because you know random breeding like that is a major cause of the excess horses that wind up being neglected in the first place.

You may know all of this, but I just want to make sure. It is a very nice idea if done right. Good luck in your venture!



You are very intuative. All of what you said are the main problems encountered with anything like this. I have addressed these issues on the website on the page about how we will take care of the horses.

Thank you so much for your thoughts.
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post #7 of 11 Old 04-30-2010, 03:15 PM
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Are you a 501(c)3 organization?
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post #8 of 11 Old 04-30-2010, 03:24 PM
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I would suggest the use of SpellCheck on your website. I personally wouldn't consider donating to a website with multiple spelling errors, I would view it as a hastily thrown together scam and pass.

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Does a horse want to be free like a wild horse? Does a horse want to hunt for food in the winter? What does a horse really want, and a better question, What do we want horses to be able to do?

I am a Montana Cowboy and I want to make a difference for horses all around the west. Take a look at my website and tell me whether I am doing the right thing or am off my rocker. Thanks for your input.

www.happyhorsesranch.com

Horses are social animals that love interaction with there friends, just like we do!
What outfits have you worked for in Montana and where exactly is this ranch?

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post #10 of 11 Old 04-30-2010, 03:52 PM
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Good luck with all that
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