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Tips/suggestions for first time living onsite with my horse.
Hello fellow horse forum frequenters!
I often read and browse the forums and absolutely love all the various topics that are discussed. Fun fact, this is my first post!
And here it is!
Lets start off with a little background. I am 22 and have been raised with horses my whole life. I am well rehearsed in riding, showing, basic nutrition and feeding, and I am confident and experienced in handling horses.
Currently I am finishing up my undergrad at a university in Washington. I am fortunate enough to have made some horse savy friends who also dreamed of living on site with their horse while attending school. So excitingly enough, this upcoming fall upon returning to school, I will be living in a ranch style home equip to house three horses. One of which will be mine.
Some side info is; two of the people have lived onsite with their horses prior. The three horses will be coming from different areas, two from Washington one from California. Everyone in the house is between 20 and 24 years of age. There will be a manager of the property living basically onsite who over sees the property maintenance, not necessarily specifically the horses (I am not aware of how familiar he is with horses).. I have a vet kid, vets in the area available, and from my experience do well in emergency-high stress situations.
My question is, out of those of you who currently and or have had that first time living on site with a horse(s) experience, what were you dished? What is there to expect?
I am aware that there may be the potential escapie (sp) and will be a feeding schedule, etc.
But any advise, tips, tricks, heads up you can offer is much appreciated. Feel free to ask me any info I have not covered in the above text.
Thanks for any responses! :-)
Being on site with your horse is something your going to miss when you have to give it up. Living on property with annie gave me so much opportunity to really get to know her and make friends more than just training partners. Even my bf got to the point where he's just lay on her back and read while she grazed (my favorite is when they'd share the water hose at the same time) all I can tell you, is be aware of your fences and their maintenance. Keep your feeding schedule as regular as possible, and treat your workspace the same as you would treat a boarding barns. Messes in any horsie home are detrimental to its success. Otherwise, enjoy :)
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Thanks AP! All great input and suggestions. I am excited to live with her and get to know her on another level. This property is a (potential/hopeful) long term set up for the next 5-6 years of school that I'll have. That is a great suggestion pertaining to keeping the place clean and tidy! Thank you!
I live outside of Seattle, between Redmond and Woodinville!
You have a couple of new situations youll need to sort out
1. Caring for your horse on site.
2. Caring for other peoples horses, and living with them.
As everyone knows barns are infamous for the level of drama that accompany them. It can be hard to imagine having barn drama and then having to live with those people to. Much like communism, its a great idea on paper, but falls short in real life.
IF they've been their before they will probably have a cleaning and management routine already set up and youll just have to fit in to what they're comfortable with; which could be anything from:
But when you have the flu, or you've taken a spill and have crushed foot or there is 3 feet of snow. Horses need to be fed, and cleaned several times a day, and honestly it can kill your desire to ride.
Such great advise BGRW, I'd take these two posts over a ton of information less 'posts just to post'. Also, thank you so much for the invite, I might just have to take you up on it some day! Thanks again!
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