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        11-30-2013, 09:09 AM
      #21
    Foal
    Arrow Oak, do you have a way to tap into a local horse community? You might check out MeetUp, or ask around at local feed or tack stores about how to meet other horse owners in the area. A great deal of what works best in your area depends on your unique environment, weather patterns, etc., so a local group may be your best resource to narrow your options down; a local group may also have connections to well-priced, reputable building professionals. Be sure to solicit many opinions and do your own research, like bringing the conversation back to Horse Forum, but local folks can lend a lot of insight.

    Also, the hilliness of your property shouldn't affect the type of fencing, but it will impact the cost because you may have to build some sections a rail higher to keep them level and horse-proof, and labor costs will likely be higher because it's both harder work and may require a deeper post hole in some sections.
         
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        11-30-2013, 10:30 AM
      #22
    Green Broke
    4horses, are you in the same area as OP? I feel like your estimates are very low... Especially considering you have to pay to get those people out there. XD
         
        11-30-2013, 10:50 AM
      #23
    Foal
    What it will cost you to have some one cut and bale depends on where you are located, what size bales you are wanting, watch because in a lot of areas they are putting up only round bales, 3x3 or 3x4 rather then the small bales. It also depends on how many custom cut and bale folks are in your area. As far as how much it costs to feed that has many factors also. For example, the horses being fed, are they easy keepers or hard to keep weight on? What is the protein level in the hay being fed? On an average I always figure 13lbs of hay per feeding per horse with 1 to 6 pounds of grain. Here again it depends on the use of the horse for the average pleasure horse (not show ring) 3lbs of grain is good. I don't feed any of the "fancy" grains like Omelene or the "high price spread" The grain I feed is made specifically at one of our local feed stores and it is a mixture of Race Horse Oats, corn, minerals and vitamins. There is no molassas in this grain. Another good grain is Rolled Barley and Flaked Corn. In some areas of the country it is known as Dry Cobb. My whole point is it depends on your area, what you feed and the horse(s) you are feeding.
    Also on you hay field you also have to take into consideration is the field irrigated or is it dryland.
    Your place sounds awesome, most important enjoy, you are taking on a lot of work with the hay field, I love it, but not everyone does.
    I also agree horses are like kids and dogs, they need companionship.
         
        11-30-2013, 08:25 PM
      #24
    Weanling
    Most horses will founder if let out on pasture year round (Neck breaks, trouble with weight forever, feet problems, death*Look it up*), also unless you live somewhere were it does not snow there will be 2 to 5 months where there will be no hay in the field. You will have to seed the pasture every years which is allot of work. It would be allot better if your made a 200 by 60 pen for your horse with a nice shelter and buy feed. Horses will eat till they flop over they are not like mules whom will conserve food for latter.

    A horse should only eat eat 3% of it's body weight in hay per day, 2% to loose weight, 4% to gain weight. This does very depending on the horse. My thoroughbred paint gelding eats 5% because of his breed and digesive system but other horses such as QH are much different.

    Also depending on the horse they need different sorts of hay, My Thoroughbred paint gelding eats only plane grass other wise he gets dyaria for days unlike our Thoroughbred Appy gelding whom needs two large flakes of Alf twice a day to even keep weight on him. These two horses are the same age and very similar breeding but have totally different digestive systems.
         
        11-30-2013, 09:30 PM
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    Most horses will founder if let out on pasture year round (Neck breaks, trouble with weight forever, feet problems, death*Look it up*), also unless you live somewhere were it does not snow there will be 2 to 5 months where there will be no hay in the field. You will have to seed the pasture every years which is allot of work. It would be allot better if your made a 200 by 60 pen for your horse with a nice shelter and buy feed. Horses will eat till they flop over they are not like mules whom will conserve food for latter.
    Simply not true. Most horses will not founder on pasture. Most horses will do best if out on pasture 24/7. They will have less digestive issues (colic, founder), they will have less behavioral issues, they will be better socialized, they will be better adapted to the environment, they are cheaper to keep... they will be healthier, happier horses. They can be out year round, even with snow on the ground and they will graze somewhat. Yes, you do need to toss additional hay but they will still forage and dig in the snow finding valuable grass to graze on. Horse do regulate what they eat. It does take them some time to adapt when they are used to limited feed but they do figure it out. A horse left to move around is going to have healthier feet, legs and joints. I can also graze my horses for less than $1 a day for 20 of them (not counting my time) or I can lock them up and feed them hay for $50 a day. Why would I? Plus now, I have to pick up poop, they are going to be crabbier, be harder on the fences, not look as healthy, when it rains, they will waste as much hay as they eat plus I have to source, haul, stack and unstack the hay, drive to go get it wasting hours and diesel is still $3.70/gallon so add that in to your hay costs.

    If you are having to reseed annually, than you do not have the right type of grass or you aren't managing your pastures correctly. Pasture grass in a perennial grass that you should only need to reseed every 8-10 years. I got 20 years out of my fields. (and my horses are out on it 24/7/365 in the rain, snow and sun) They do need reseeding but that's more because of the drought and prairie dog damage than anything else. A properly reseeded pasture takes one year to establish itself. You can't reseed and graze it at the same time.
         

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