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post #11 of 28 Old 05-29-2013, 07:52 PM
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How did you guys learn about how to care for a horse? By getting one! I bet lots of you guys hadn't even been really around any horses before you got yours. I know I haven't learned EVERYTHING about caring for horses but I was hoping you guys would at least try to help me. I guess not!

Nope, I didn't get a horse first, I learned for YEARS until I could save up and buy my first horse, I learned to ride, handle and feed horses, THEN I got one.

Your question is about boarding, and I don't think you will get one person say that it is a good idea, sorry but you asked and that is my opinion. If I leave my horse with someone I want them to have more knowledge than I do.
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post #12 of 28 Old 05-29-2013, 08:08 PM
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Your attitude towards criticism and other's opinions shows that you're not ready for any job involving customer service.
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post #13 of 28 Old 05-29-2013, 08:23 PM
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Hon, I admire your intentions, but I would never entrust the care of my horses to you. You can read all the books in the world you want, but it comes down to real-life experience. Learning long before you have your own horses is best, learning with the help of others as a first-time horse owner is forgivable, but learning the basics while you play caretaker of someone else's animal is unforgivable.

Have you studied nutrition in depth? What do you know about starch, fiber content, protein content, sugar and legumes? Do you understand the regimented feed plan necessary for an Insulin-resistant horse? Or what feeds put weight on malnourished horses without adding junk like sweet feed to their diets? Comparing horses to cattle is very naive and can get you in a lot of trouble. For example, cattle can consume hay with some mold, but this is incredibly dangerous for horses.

What do you know about topical antibiotics, pain relievers, and anti-inflammatories and their uses? What dewormers are not safe to give young horses, and what dewormers kill encrusted strongyles? How much epinephrine should you have on hand whenever vaccines are given? What is normal procedure for emergency care for tendon problems?

What kind of insurance will you have on the property? Will the costs still allow you to make a profit? In the boarding business, most people barely break even. The majority of boarding barns make their income through lessons from qualified instructors. You NEED to have money saved up to cover the months that you don't make any profit.
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post #14 of 28 Old 05-29-2013, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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Can you volunteer at a stable and get a handle on horse owner ship and management?
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No I would have to travel a long way to get there! Maybe 2 days away...
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post #15 of 28 Old 05-29-2013, 09:35 PM
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No I would have to travel a long way to get there! Maybe 2 days away...
I think that maybe a fatal flaw in your plan, if you are that far off of the beaten track you will have no boarders I'm afraid.

I am however very impressed that you can catch cows that are out, we always have to round ours up. Maybe an alternative career as a cow whisperer?
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post #16 of 28 Old 05-29-2013, 09:55 PM
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I am however very impressed that you can catch cows that are out, we always have to round ours up. Maybe an alternative career as a cow whisperer?
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But considering that hers are "always getting out" and she has had lots of practice catching them, what does that say about her fencing? I'm not about to board a horse in a place where everyone is busily escaping!

Unless you know exactly what you are doing already, you have no business taking care of another person's horse. Can you handle a completely freaked horse that's plunging around, trying to rip the rope out of your hand and bolt? That's what I got this morning when I was turning out horses all because it was drizzling slightly.

Ever blanketed a horse? Walk up to a strange horse, fling a blanket at it and you'll be lucky to walk away alive.

Dewormed a horse? Most don't find it even remotely yummy but you've got to get it in them. Same with getting all sorts of meds into a horse or treating an injured horse. Cows hardly get hurt, horses are either hurt or trying to get hurt!
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post #17 of 28 Old 05-29-2013, 10:18 PM
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What dewormers are not safe to give young horses, and what dewormers kill encrusted strongyles?
You'll have to forgive my autocorrect....this should be encysted strongyles.
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20+ years in stable management before I bought my first horse. 25+ before I opened my gates to boarders on my own property.
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post #19 of 28 Old 05-30-2013, 01:01 AM Thread Starter
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But considering that hers are "always getting out" and she has had lots of practice catching them, what does that say about her fencing? I'm not about to board a horse in a place where everyone is busily escaping!

Unless you know exactly what you are doing already, you have no business taking care of another person's horse. Can you handle a completely freaked horse that's plunging around, trying to rip the rope out of your hand and bolt? That's what I got this morning when I was turning out horses all because it was drizzling slightly.

Ever blanketed a horse? Walk up to a strange horse, fling a blanket at it and you'll be lucky to walk away alive.

Dewormed a horse? Most don't find it even remotely yummy but you've got to get it in them. Same with getting all sorts of meds into a horse or treating an injured horse. Cows hardly get hurt, horses are either hurt or trying to get hurt!
That wasn't right about the cows always getting out! I meant to say when they get out, I keep my cows in electric wire fences and if the zapper isn't working they will pretty much just walk over the fence! So when the do get out it is if someone forgets to plug in the wire. If you have EVER used electric wire then you know how easy it is for the cows to get out if it isn't plugged in! And they know when the wire isn't plugged in because they can't hear it ticking anymore!

Don't worry about saying anything more about what I said in this tread, OK? I realize were you are all coming from and thanks for all the warnings:) I am not boarding horses any time soon so don't worry OK?
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post #20 of 28 Old 05-30-2013, 01:05 AM
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Maybe just rent out pasture space and have self board, that way you can still pet the horses.
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