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post #11 of 45 Old 06-15-2013, 07:17 PM
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I lived north of Oxford from '89-'92. I would love to ride a horse down some of the bridle paths there! I would also love to see Mia's reaction to a grass field - probably fear at first. Our BLM mustang, "Cowboy", OTOH, would almost certainly try to eat every blade before heaven disappeared! And if my corral had Internet, my horses would all take up hitch-hiking...

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post #12 of 45 Old 06-15-2013, 07:29 PM
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We do not have "much" land, considering. Of our fifteen acres and about thirteen of it is fenced in but considering there are ten horses here it isn't enough to graze everyone on full time. It fairs well feeding the horses for most of the day, then they come into paddocks in the evening and give their fields a break. We've had sufficient rain so this year its been doing a great job of feeding them! We just toss everyone a flake or two for the over night hours, so nice to have a break from feeding six bales of hay.



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I lived north of Oxford from '89-'92. I would love to ride a horse down some of the bridle paths there! I would also love to see Mia's reaction to a grass field - probably fear at first. Our BLM mustang, "Cowboy", OTOH, would almost certainly try to eat every blade before heaven disappeared! And if my corral had Internet, my horses would all take up hitch-hiking...
I think dee would love a 'cowboy' to share her grass with!
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post #14 of 45 Old 06-16-2013, 02:24 AM
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Ok Faydes, I need info on these barn bunnies???? How do you get them to stay?? Are they just loose? Oh and pasture...........

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post #15 of 45 Old 06-16-2013, 02:40 AM
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Bsms, are your horses at home or do you board?

If you board, why not board them 30 miles away, so they can get some pasture?

Do you have large dry lots that they can run on?

Not sure I would have a horse if I lived in your area.
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post #16 of 45 Old 06-16-2013, 05:22 AM
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Bsms, are your horses at home or do you board?

Home.

If you board, why not board them 30 miles away, so they can get some pasture?

The only places I know of that stable horses have no pasture. Nor would I own a horse that I had to drive 30 miles to go see.


Do you have large dry lots that they can run on?

Nope.

Not sure I would have a horse if I lived in your area.

Not your choice.
Lots of horses live in southern Arizona, and not many have pasture. This was Trooper's life on a sheep ranch in Utah:



My guess is that he prefers life now:



If not, oh well. Lots of horses in the west have a much tougher life. As best I can tell, Mia had never been out of a corral before I owned her. When I first walked her on a lead rope in the desert, she didn't know to pick her feet up over a 4 inch rock. Little Cowboy was born wild, but his previous life was as a lesson horse in one of the local stables. I am 100% certain he prefers his life now:



It sure isn't England, or Kentucky, or Georgia. It also rarely snows, and has never gone below 15 deg F (-9 C). Like anything else that lives in the desert, they adapt or die. I'm sure they would love to live on 10 acres of grassland...but they don't.

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horses adapt to life how they know it
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post #18 of 45 Old 06-16-2013, 10:24 AM
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Bsms, are your horses at home or do you board?

If you board, why not board them 30 miles away, so they can get some pasture?

Do you have large dry lots that they can run on?

Not sure I would have a horse if I lived in your area.
You have obviously never been to the desert southwest of America. There are very few grass pastures...grass just doesn't GROW there unless it's planted in the front yard and maintained constantly. And even that can be problematic if you have a year with a water shortage and the government puts bans on watering your lawn!

Just because you wouldn't have a horse there doesn't mean the ones being kept there are not being well cared for.
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I personally dont know how you cope without grass, your hapy bill must be huge :) but the animals look in good condition so you must be doing something right :).

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post #20 of 45 Old 06-16-2013, 11:39 AM
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^^ It looks beautiful. We didn't have horses when I lived in England, but I would take my dog out jogging with me on the bridle paths. There was one spot I liked to jog in the fog, because we would turn a corner and an old stone pub would materialize in the mist. Always made me look around for vampires, werewolves, or any other monster from an old horror film.

Doesn't look like your horses are very worried about werewolves, though...
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