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post #11 of 18 Old 03-30-2012, 05:01 PM
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Oh... and the "beaver" tree is gone. We chopped it down. One thing mentioned above was the cost of hay so I wanted to throw out my suggestion (which is what I do). I buy really large round bales at $50 per bale. I put them in the barn on the side and peel them each morning and each night. I get about a month out of them that way. (Only four of mine eat hay - one has no teeth).

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post #12 of 18 Old 03-30-2012, 05:04 PM
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The ratio of horse/pasture depends upon where you live and the weather conditions. Where I live, on an old farm(mette) in IL, the ratio is 1 horse/1 acre with normal rainfall. My 3 horses have adjoining, gated pastures of about 4 acres. Last fall the drought brought my pastures down to stubble and I was feeding hay in October, the first time since I moved to this property.
THIS year, they started grazing 3 weeks ago, UNHEARD of, having grass/clover/weeds (Dandelions are great for horses) up--everything is one month early in 2012.

Talk to your closest University Extension Office about this bc they'll have the best advice and figures for you.
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One more comment. Sorry for all the posts. I do feed hay year round. It's less in the summer but mine never go w/out the added hay. I do get to where I give hay only once per day in the summer though.

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post #14 of 18 Old 03-30-2012, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry for the size of the pictures...I'm not sure how to make them smaller. Here goes...

This is the North West side of our lot. Our home faces South. This is a area the barn was going to be, cedar trees behind the barn for a wind break...facing East.



Towards the North East of the lot.



Trying to get a close up of the center of the lot, its hard to see any of the clearings but I promise, there are good sized ones back there. We are also planning on clearing another 20 to 30 trees.



The pass (on the West) through from the North (behind the house) to the South (front of the house)



This is the South West side of our lot (in front of the house)



And finally this is the South East side of the lot (front of the house.)

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The ratio of horse/pasture depends upon where you live and the weather conditions. Where I live, on an old farm(mette) in IL, the ratio is 1 horse/1 acre with normal rainfall. My 3 horses have adjoining, gated pastures of about 4 acres. Last fall the drought brought my pastures down to stubble and I was feeding hay in October, the first time since I moved to this property.
THIS year, they started grazing 3 weeks ago, UNHEARD of, having grass/clover/weeds (Dandelions are great for horses) up--everything is one month early in 2012.

Talk to your closest University Extension Office about this bc they'll have the best advice and figures for you.
We have had the same weather here. Total drought last fall, one of the driest I can remember...green and summer like mid March. So strange. I am just south of Kansas City, MO...Pleasant Hill, Mo to be exact.

We do have a lot of trees, but we have already cleared well over half of what was here when we bought the land! Hubby and I walked it the other day. There are places where the grazing is awesome, beautiful grass and clover...no trees. Then there are places far too treed. We estimate 20 to 30 minimum need to do, but we dont want to clear cut it all.

The front yard is 1/3 sod..in other words crappy grass that dies over 80 degrees. Not suitable for grazing at all. And its a big hill. I have tossed around the idea of fencing part of it for pasture, but I am not sure if money will allow for that right away.

So, with the round bales...do the centers mold on you? Or are you able to keep them dry enough. We would only be feeding one at first...a think a round bale would last a month.

Love seeing all your pics by the way! Makes me want to go get my girl now!
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Personally I would never buy kids a pony. Ponies are not easier to handle. Even a small pony is way stronger than a child and most adults for that matter. I dont like ponies at all. They tend to be mean and stubborn and have severe cases of little man syndrome.
Gosh I'd hate to meet the ponies you've been meeting. Just to give the original poster some reassurance on this one, there are some fabulous ponies out there that are as safe as houses and perfect for a child. You just need to keep looking, do your research, do lots of talking to the right people, and you will find one.

Where I am, the really good ponies all go by word of mouth through the pony club and never get advertised at all. I don't know where you are, but I suggest that the best thing is for the kids to have lessons, and you'll make contacts at the riding school.

I'm not sure though if you'll find something suitable for both an 11 year old boy, and a 4 year old girl.... something that is suitable for a 4 year old child is probably going to be too small and too boring for an 11 year old.

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Just a little bump now that I added photos. I am curious how you all would handle this pasture.
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post #18 of 18 Old 03-31-2012, 09:03 PM
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I don't own a property but from the places I have seen I would think about even making three paddocks, even if they are a little smaller, or you can just add an extra at the front/sides. Two paddock rotation is okay, but 3 is better. Where I used to keep my horse there was a large herd but we had 7 large paddocks for rotation. It took weeks, especially in less than ideal weather, for a paddock to recover so having 7 let us cycle through. Horses don't need heaps of room, they spend most of their day grazing, not running around. Better grass is best. Besides, if your paddocks are going well you could always open two of them if you wanted.

Instead of just building a shelter running into the paddock, I'd consider a small sort of stable/barn type thing where they can get shelter, and you can store tack and hay. Around that I would put a dirt yard. Coming off from that yard you could have three gates to the three paddocks. You can just leave the gate open to the paddock they're in and they can come and go. That way you can feed them in there. Or if you have a new or injured horse keep him contained.

Get your first horse and see how she is. Even if she is quiet she might not be suitable for a kids horse. Often you can lease kid friendly ponies and horses from families who have had them for years and don't want to part with them. Your children will quickly advance from their first pony and will want something more.
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