I don't know....
You sound like you have a good heart, but that is a major
Look. You have to be realistic. As harsh as it sounds, horses get killed - tens of thousands of each year. You can't save every one.
You technically could
do it, but what happens if you ever need to sell the farm/move? What will happen to the many untrained "wild" horses
This isn't a "it's going to be free - set them free and forget about them." This could be costly - in both time and money.
What happens if one get hurt, sick, or needs medical? Are you willing to pay for that? If so, can you afford it? As soon as you sign that dotted line, they are yours
- your responsibility on your property.
Are you willing to have them gelded? If so, can you afford that? It's a catch 22. That is how over-population happens. That's why horses get put down. You can't have stallions running around reproducing on every mare they see.
Depending on where you are, you can have about one horse per acre/two. Does that mean you are going to get three - six hundred horses?
Would you be out there to make sure they have enough water - either/both natural (pond/river/etc...) or artificial (tubs/buckets/etc...)?
Would they have enough shelter - either/both natural (bushes/trees/etc...) or artificial (lean-to/hut/etc...)?
Would they have enough natural food in the winter? If not, are you willing to provide food? If so, can you afford it? Hay isn't exactly the cheapest thing in the world and goes quickly - especially if there is waste. What if you have a "hard-keeper."
There is just so many things to think about before you do this besides:
Originally Posted by mysticalgirrafffe View Post
Do you think this is a good or bad idea?
Do you think it will work?
How many do you think I should adopt each year?
If you had the chance to do this would you??
If I could do that (meaning having the space, time, and money), yes, I would.
I would keep the herd relatively/manageably small and without stallions
. While I do like to see horses wild and whatnot, I do like for horses to be able to be more than "just a pasture puff." In the very least, I would make sure they are safe with people. That doesn't mean riding rollbacks, stall them, or giving them cookies and loving. That simply means that they aren't aggressive if ever people get near them - remember, fearful horses can also be aggressive horses....