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post #11 of 14 Old 03-12-2013, 01:35 AM
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What all kinda work have you done at the farms you worked at?

If youve got experience taking care of horses, then go for it.. 10 acres will be plenty of room for one horse. I wouldnt jump into buying a second horse untill you know you can handle the commitment to the first horse..

The only way to learn is to get out there, and experience things for yourself.. vets, and farriers aint always amazing at their jobs-- theyve had to mess up a few times to realize what theyve done wrong, and learned from their experiences. I think nothing better than to get you a horse, and experience it for yourself.
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post #12 of 14 Old 03-12-2013, 07:44 AM
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Lots of great advice as to the benefits AND pitfalls of owning/caring for a horse on your own property.

I am also in the "wait until you have some knowledge under your belt" group.

I've never personally (ie, my own horse) dealt with choke, colic, and a bunch of other illnesses, however I would recognize them.
Those words "recognize them". Choke and colic are life threatening things that can happen to any horse at any given time in their life.

One of my TWH's has been with me 22+ years; he was never sick but developed a metabolic disease that has, in turn, caused a few other illnesses. He colicked on me nine times last year, the first two kept the vet here way past his bedtime.

I "recognized" what was happening - if I hadn't, I would have had a horse to bury by the next morning.

You have a one year old, plus moving and trying to get organized that way.

For now, my best suggestion would be to take an on-line course in horse management and health.

You would have the benefit of learning while still being able to keep a serious eye on your baby.

Even if the on-line course cost money, it is still a lot cheaper than just jumping into a horse. Including watching out for unsavory people that will sell anything to any un-witting person, which is another subject.

If you Google "horse ownership classes", you will several hits. Hopefully someone on here might be able to recommend a credible on-line class.

To put things into perpspective:

You have a facility that is pretty much "good to go" for a horse.

You have a baby at the edge of "toddler stage" that will want to be sneaking out the door and go exploring by itself, if it can get the door open.

The baby is nowhere near ready to explore his outdoor world alone, anymore than you are ready to become a first-time horse owner

You both need to learn "the rules" and neither of you can do that without experienced help.

Your baby needs your experience and you need the experience of a good horseman and maybe a quality on-line course to get you started
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post #13 of 14 Old 03-12-2013, 10:01 AM
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As someone with an 18 month old, I have 2 horses at home, it is a lot of work getting chores done AND watching the baby. Granted, I have a wonderful husband who is home most nights, I can get away for a bit to do my horse thing while he watches our daughter. I wake up early and do morning chores before baby wakes, then do evening chores after dinner when hubby is home. If I happen to be away, hubby has to do chores, so while you are educating yourself, also educate your SO in case you need to be away for a few days. Do you plan on vacationing? Please consider who would be able (and capable) of caring for them while you're away... I rarely go on vacation because of the huge responsibility of having my horses and dogs, horses can't just be boarded at a kennel for a few days like a dog.

Also consider where and who you will get your hay from before you decide to buy a horse, hay is scarce this year, because of the drought. Are you willing and capable of paying 6+ a small square or 100+ a roundbale (and if so do you have the equipment to move a 1000lb round?)

Things to consider:
routine vet care
farrier care every 8 weeks minimum
concentrated feeds
supplements if applicable
will your horses be eating the majority of their forage in pasture? and if so, is your pasture capable of growing enough forage to sustain x number of horses? and is your area deficient in any minerals you will need to supplement?
deworming regularly or getting fecals done to indicate the need
training if you should run into problems
lessons/horse care
emergency vet care (have an emergency fund and a plan, vet bills can and do add up fast, are you willing to pay 7,000 dollars for colic surgery or will you have a cut off and humanely euth? (either are acceptable, but you will need a plan, these are things you will need to consider for your horse.)
Will your horse have a pasture mate? Horses are herd animals and can become depressed if they don't have a companion. (I have kept my gelding by himself in the past, so it can be done, but you need to be able to recognize the signs of depression, or other health issues, and remedy them. I was able to spend a lot of time with him before I had a LO and he seemed to cope well with being alone, some horses can never cope with being alone.)
Pasture and manure management, this is my most time consuming area of horse care and the main reason I am not able to ride as much as I would like to. Manure is constantly adding up, and you need to manage it properly or you will become over run with poop, and your pasture will become unhealthy.
The expense of well fitting tack for your new mount. Saddles aren't cheap, and certainly aren't all made the same, invest in some good tack.

I would wait to buy a horse. I learned the most when I was taking lessons as a kid. I also did barn chores and worked in the tack shop as I got older so I had a good understanding of what is involved in horse keeping. Starting out there will get you the knowledge to keep your own horse, a lot of people will take lessons and see all the hard work and time it takes and decide it isn't for them, imagine what would happen to the horses if these same people bought on a whim and then decided it was too much work after the fact. If after lessons and doing some barn chores, you are still determined to own a horse, go for it, get your ducks in a row, educate yourself and enlist a knowledgeable horse person to go horse shopping with you, it is FUN! Best time to buy is in the spring/summer, the pastures are growing full force, and you may or may not need to buy a lot of hay right away. It is something to consider.

Just remember, you can never know too much, and you will never stop learning.
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post #14 of 14 Old 03-12-2013, 10:05 AM
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needs to be laminated and put anywhere somebody contemplating horse ownership could read it.

It should be the first thing that pops up when someone Googles "horse ownership".

Well said
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