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post #11 of 45 Old 03-06-2013, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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Glad you mentioned the boot rule...I myself wwold have always wore my boots but to be completely honest it has completely skipped my mind to make my kids wear theirs (I'm not getting the mother of the year award for forgetting that, lol) Thanks though for the input!
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post #12 of 45 Old 03-06-2013, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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I have a fenced area but we are just using hot wire/rope. We did build a small area in our barn about 24x40 or so that can be gated so she would not be able to leave the barn but I thought this was a little small. As far as a lunge line I have no clue what to do with one.
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post #13 of 45 Old 03-06-2013, 12:14 AM
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It sounds like are really setting up to treat taht horse well.
You have plans for where the manure pile will go? Manure disposal needs to be thought out. you want it far enough away from the stable to keep flies away but not so far that you have to roll the wheel barrow all over the place. Take care that when it is rainy, it will not be draining muck into any streams, or back into the stall . you can cover the manure pile with a tarp, though the wind may take it anyway.

Is the area around your barn the only place you'll have to rider her? will there be any other horses in sight?
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post #14 of 45 Old 03-06-2013, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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Thats another good point...i have not put any thought into a manure pile...Guess my husband and I will get on that ASAP! The only enclosed area to ride is the small place in my barn. I could ride her in the pasture so we are still confined but thats still quite a bit of room for me, lol. As things progress I have more land that is not fenced and hopefully someday I could take her to the state forest near my home and ride the trails...but baby steps is key here, lol. There are no other horses close enough to me for her to see. The closest are about 2 miles. I did buy 2 goats just for her...so I've aquired 3 hooved friends in a short period of time.
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post #15 of 45 Old 03-06-2013, 12:59 AM
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I have a 60ft. round pen which is great for riding in, you can walk/trot/canter in it quite comfortably. I used it alot when I first started riding again, then a year later we were doing more cantering, I was nervous about it, so I practiced in the round pen at night.
Maybe later you can put up a round pen for yourself/kids to ride in......

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post #16 of 45 Old 03-06-2013, 02:50 AM
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I don't really think that you need a round pen, honestly. If you are nervous riding at first, you can have someone lead the horse with you on her, or on a lunge line.

I don't think an equine dentist or vet to do her teeth have been mentioned yet. It's usual to do them once a year, and Spring is as good a time as any, as that's when we all tend to start riding more.

Have you figured out feed yet?

And you didn't mention the pasture size. If it's not terribly large, I think I'd be inclined to split it in half and rotate back and forth between the two so it doesn't turn into a mud pit.
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post #17 of 45 Old 03-06-2013, 02:55 AM
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As horses are herd animals and their emotional well being relies heavily on herd hierarchy and communication, you should consider getting another equine - a horse, a donkey, a mule, a pony or a mini - with time. Good luck!

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post #18 of 45 Old 03-06-2013, 07:33 AM
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Saranda-that is what she has the goats for-I am hoping they work. Where this mare is now, what sort of companions does she have?

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post #19 of 45 Old 03-06-2013, 07:35 AM
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Goats are nice, it's just that they cannot exibit any equine body language and proper herd interractions. They do keep some company, though, and some horses really enjoy them, but they are not the best solution - it's basically like living among foreigners who speak in a language you don't know.
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post #20 of 45 Old 03-06-2013, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
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We have 3.5 acres of land and we have set aside about half of it for pasture. We have already split it two so we can have two different lots. I've been reading up on feed but am unsure what to use. I thought about talking to the man who runs our local feed store and finding something pretty mediocre to feed her. I can't afford the top of the line but I do want to feed something that is actually absorbed for purpose. She actually had her teeth done about 2 months ago so I think I'm covered there until mid summer thankfully. Thanks for your help.
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