Greetings From Alaska! - The Horse Forum
View Poll Results: Would you ever consider a horseback vacation in sunny Alaska?
Sounds wonderful! I love exploring beautiful places on horseback! 6 75.00%
I'm afraid the polar bears would eat my horse. 0 0%
I'd rather go dogsledding for a more authentic experience. 0 0%
Brrrrrr! WAY too cold for me! 1 12.50%
Have done so, and boy have I got some photos to share! 0 0%
There are horses in Alaska!? 1 12.50%
Voters: 8. You may not vote on this poll

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post #1 of 6 Old 04-05-2008, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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Greetings From Alaska!


I'm really excited to have found this forum! I just joined this afternoon, and look forward to countless stimulating conversations.

A horse crazy artist, author, and lover of all things imaginative, I am best known around cyberspace as Silvermare. I have an intense interest in horse breeds, and have been studying them since the second grade. I am well into adulthood now, and that interest has only grown. I have come here specifically to further my research into the development of every horse breed (including ones that are now extinct), and their histories, cultures, influences, and everything else pertaining to them. However, I'm likely to dive into discussions on just about anything horse related.

Unfortunately, I currently live in Southeast Alaska. This is an amazingly beautiful place, but it's horrible for horses. The southeastern end of the state is a temperate rainforest, and while winters here are extraordinarily mild compared to the rest of the state (temperatures hover between 20 and 40 degrees Farenheit with only a few days of truly bitter cold), the constant wet takes its toll on horses. Rain rot and hoof rot are common here, as is moldy hay. Appropriate land for turnout is very rare due to the abundance of muskeg (think quicksand, only deceptively covered in grass). The most prestigious stable around managed to find land that is pine free, flat, on solid ground, and has ample room for a large pasture. Unfortunately, even they were forced to comprimise: they must "share" their pasture with the tide, and it is under a foot or more of salt water every time the tide peaks. Complicating matters even more is the high cost of importing feed and bedding, since it must be shipped in on a barge. Up until only a few years ago, there were too few large animal vets and farriers in the region, so such specialists needed to be flown in from Anchorage or Seattle, given room and board, etc., in addition to their fees. Oh, and did I mention the bears, wolves, and wolverines? YIKES! Thus, I don't own a horse, and don't anticipate having one in the foreseeable future. So, do you mind if I experience horses vicariously through you?

I look forward to seeing you around the forums!

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post #2 of 6 Old 04-05-2008, 07:05 PM
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Welcome! :)

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post #3 of 6 Old 04-05-2008, 07:38 PM
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that sounds like awful conditions. im so lucky to live where i do i think :)
one of our moderators is from alaska, fairbanks i believe

welcome to the forum

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post #4 of 6 Old 04-12-2008, 04:49 AM
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holy water! i read the title "from alaska" and thought i had to see this. one day id love to see alaska and lucky since i love cold weather and hate the hot place i live in! hopefully one day you will get a horsey of your own.

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post #5 of 6 Old 04-12-2008, 08:33 AM
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Greetings, really interesting introduction :) Welcome to the forum, hope we can help you out and yes, feel free to live the horse life vicariously through us.
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post #6 of 6 Old 04-12-2008, 11:50 AM
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Welcome to the Horse Forum! :)
I'd definitely try horseback riding in Alaska; it'd be so pretty, think of all the nice sights!
Have fun posting.

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