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        06-08-2013, 07:08 AM
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    Foal
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    Hey guys, I have recently moved houses, into an old country town. However we only moved into 1.4acre block. We have a small paddock behind the house (its our property) and there are around about 4 1/3acre paddocks next to each other, (including ours). My next door neighbour has 2 horses, and we all leave our gates open so the horses can just run freely through different paddocks. I would love to get a horse, and my parents want one to, (1 for me) but they think that all the paddocks aren't enough land for a horse. There is a pony club around the corner from our house, and behind our house is a big farm with heaps of spare paddocks, and we are quite close with the owners, so there would be plenty of exercise for a horse. Can someone please tell me if it is a good idea to get a horse, and how to look after it and things like that? I would be riding it a lot, and I have wanted one for ever. Please help..
         
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        06-08-2013, 08:01 AM
      #2
    Foal
    Personally I wouldn't buy my own horse yet. I'd try and get a bit more experience in horse care and learn about management. I would try and find a local livery yard and ask if anyone needs any help with their own horses so you can learn about potential problems and how to deal with them.
    What would I know though? I had a horse given to me when I was still too green to handle my own horse. I have a trainer coming once a week now for lessons and help in managing my headstrong cob.
         
        06-08-2013, 08:30 AM
      #3
    Foal
    That is very true, my neighbours horses that I have only known for a short period of time are quite good with me. They come to my fence every night at 8:30 and every morning, quite early also. This may sound quite weird but I just feel like I have a connection with these horses. Today even though I really shouldn't have (as I have only known the horses for not very long at all) I fed them through the fence, then I went into the paddock and stood with them, and played with them. I was speaking to their owner and he said they wouldn't hurt and neither of them have been known to kick or bite. And I really shouldn't have but it all went good. I know that sounds silly but I really want to know what it's like to own and have a friend for life. I love horses and have done plenty of research on them, I am thinking of asking the neighbours if they need any help with the horses, so then I can learn to care for one. Thanks for your feedback :)
         
        06-08-2013, 11:06 AM
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    Super Moderator
    Altogether there is only just over an acre with all the paddocks, and that is hardly enough for two horses let alone three.
    The facts that you are friendly with neighbours who have more land does not mean that they will let you keep a horse there and if they do then they would nrrd payment for it.

    You do not say how much riding you have done and what experience you have in caring for a horse. From what you write I can tell that it is no where near enough.


    Owning a horse is not like owning a rabbit, they are wonderful animals but can be dangerous if they are not handled correctly and that is not with love and being gentle. They need to be given boundaries and those adhered to which, if you are a novice, you would not be able to do.

    Go get lessons and learn how to handle a horse correctly.

    Oh, majority of horses do not intend to hurt anyone but, they can be unpredictable to the inexperienced and even the quietest can cause damage.
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        06-08-2013, 02:27 PM
      #5
    Foal
    I jumped into horses without much knowledge on them, and it was a pretty bad choice. Study a lot of horse health, and try taking some riding lessons before you get a horse. If you do want to get a horse regardless, find someone who does know a lot about horses come to look at potential horses with you. No offense, but you probably do not know what to look for in a horse (it depends on how much experience you have, I could be very wrong! ;)). Brining someone along can help a LOT. Horses are very expensive too, make sure you're aware of that so you don't end up with a starving horse. The pasture doesn't sound quite big enough so you might have to end up buying hay even when there is grass. Good luck and message me if you want to talk more about it! :)
         
        06-08-2013, 03:15 PM
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    Foal
    Fox is quite right, a horse will push and push you if you don't nip things in the bud and you will not know what you are looking for until it's too late. I know this because I've fallen into that exact trap because I didn't understand the importance of never allowing a horse to make me step away from him and he thought that made him the boss. Now he steps out of MY space when I tell him to and reinforce it with his hoof pick if he decides to be sassy! Seemingly small things like this can escalate before you even know what's happened when you don't know. Helping someone else before you consider a horse of your own will give you some idea of the things you will need to be aware of.

    I hope the owner of the other horses gave you permission to feed them? I'd be really unhappy if someone fed my horse without asking me first!
         
        06-08-2013, 03:40 PM
      #7
    Banned
    The general rule I follow for the required space for a horse is 2 acres for the first horse, and then add an acre for each additional horse.

    Now of course some people have horses on much less space, especially where that kind of land isn't available. But I wouldn't really choose to.
         
        06-08-2013, 04:00 PM
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    Started
    It sounds like you really like horses and enjoy seeing your neighbor's two. Can you take lessons somewhere? Learning to care for and ride properly takes a long time (think months and years) and the commitment that comes with owning a horse is even longer. The best thing you can do is start working with a trainer, taking lessons and doing horse care, so you can start learning and practicing the skills you will need if you are to one day own a horse. Making sure you know what YOU need to do properly will help you a) make sure it really is for you and b) know and find the right horse for your temperament and abilities. Having a good relationship with a trainer can help you and your future horse a lot, because you will have a horse-knowledgeable friend to help out when (not if) problems arise.
         
        06-08-2013, 04:36 PM
      #9
    Green Broke
    Is the property your parents own/lease one and a quarter acres ? Or is that the combined property with the neighbors ? You can keep one horse on a quarter of an acre in a dry lot pen with a cover , depending on the zoning laws in your area.You will need supply hay . You will need to clean the manure and remove it from the property. If there are already two horses, they may not a ccept a thrid horse and you may have to seperate the third horse for the horses safety. It sounds like your neighbor may teach you and let you help with thier horses. Maybe you could take some riding lessons first.
         
        06-08-2013, 07:07 PM
      #10
    Foal
    Thanks all for your feedback.
    My neighbour told me I can feed the horses, he said to feed them carrots and that he will help me earn more about them. My land on its own is over 1 acre, and then there are a 3 paddocks next to it. I would probably separate my horse from the other two as they seem a lot older, and I wouldn't want to mix them together straight away. The people that own the land behind us are horse lovers, and we are also very good friends with them, I am going to ask to help out with the horses soon.. I have a lot of time for horses, I only play netball and I can still easily do my homework in other spare time. Just to let you guys know, if I ever got one I would be riding it daily. My brother and dad are both builders so they can build me a pen. :)
         

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