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post #1 of 19 Old 08-02-2013, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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What are your horse keeping priorities?

There are many different ways to keep and care for horses (stall kept, pasture, meal fed, free choice, etc.), each having its own drawbacks and benefits. I was just wondering how everyone keeps their horses and why? And, if your horse Ian in your ideal situation because of location or finances, what would your ideal be according to your needs as a horse owner and what you feel your horse needs?

I keep my horse in a paddock of a little less than an acre. He's fenced in using electric polytape. He's kept with a goat for a herd. He's fed using a freedom feeder hay net to better emulate natural grazing habits. His paddock is wooded with large trees but brush has been removed. He has a run in shed to protect from the elements.

Ideally, I'd like to remove most of the trees to allow for more sun in the paddock and I'd like to have at least one real horse as a herd mate (but time for riding and cost of keeping two horses dictates otherwise). I'd also like to have a barn with a regular stall for keeping before shows or using for sickness I extreme weather. These can all be long term goals :)
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post #2 of 19 Old 08-02-2013, 06:24 PM
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I have a little under 2 acres per horse (9 acres) so they have room to run around if they feel like it, lots of trees for shade and shelter - and to scratch themselves on (not so good) I wish the land was more level - actually its not level at all.
I have a barn with stalls - the layout isn't great but it works. I couldn't manage without a stable per horse but that's just me and what I'm used too
I've got a small ménage that works OK but would love an indoor school to escape the heat, cold, rain, snow, ice and bugs
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post #3 of 19 Old 08-02-2013, 06:30 PM
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My filly is on field board in a huge pasture with hills. The drawback for me is that she's usually in the far corner and I have to walk to get her.
Ideally - for me - I'd like her to come when called. Haha. I love the idea of field board, I think it's healthiest for them. However, with my work and riding schedule, it's a pain in the hindquarter. Ideally for my situation, and this will never happen, is paddock at night and field during the day, with a stall for inclement weather. That's my daydream. She's an easy keeper so no need for grain.
In reality, I will likely put her in a paddock once she comes back to me after training. And it's for totally selfish reasons - for my convenience.
My horses never want for anything though. They're fed, clothed, and looked after better than I am!!
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post #4 of 19 Old 08-02-2013, 09:41 PM
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What are your horse keeping priorities?

All 4 horses are at my residence.
Many nights before I go to bed I shine a flash-light near them in the field.
Mind you I do this from 50 yards away as to not get them going.
Deer might be in there, fox moves around them, goat hobbling around,
vultures drinking water, haven of bats in the sky.
All 4 laying down, content, sound asleep, not even one of them keeping watch.

Priority:= They feel secure within their environment.

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post #5 of 19 Old 08-02-2013, 11:24 PM
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I board and so getting enough feed and hay. That should be obvious as I am paying for this - but it's not.
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post #6 of 19 Old 08-02-2013, 11:28 PM
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My priorities are:

They live on my own place.

24 hour turnout with free access to shelter. Most of them do have to spend some of that time in a dry lot but they still have plenty of room to move around.

The pastures/corrals/barn/fences are kept as safe as I can make them. Not that they still don't find ways to hurt themselves, but it's usually minor injuries.
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post #7 of 19 Old 08-02-2013, 11:46 PM
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My horse is mainly turned out with a small group of older horses. He has access to at least 3 acres, maybe more.

I board him at a very nice barn with covered arena, outdoor ring, trails, etc.

My main priority is that he is happy and healthy, which includes being able to exercise him without too many obstacles.

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post #8 of 19 Old 08-03-2013, 12:25 AM
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My own personal horses are kept in a pasture setting. All our retirees and horses that are used infrequently (or not at all in the case of my yearling filly) are kept on about 30 acres of open pasture. Some of it is flat and some of it has hills. There is a large area of plum thickets in one corner around a cluster of very large trees that provides protection for them in bad weather and heat. I keep a round bale of good quality hay out there in the pasture where they have 24/7 access to it, though they are greatly enjoying the grass right now since we've not really had any fresh grass in almost 3 years.

My draft horses (2 full drafts, 2 half drafts, and a draft mule) are kept in an area that is about 3 acres. They also have access to grass hay 24/7 and a couple of trees for shade and weather protection.

I do have a barn with run-in pens that measure 10x30 for customer horses or if I need to keep one of my own up for any reason.

Truthfully, there is very little that I would change (other than the fencing, which I am slowly working at replacing). My horses are kept in a herd environment so they are content, they have plenty of room to run and play, and their lives are about as close to ideal as a horse can have...and many of them don't get worked very often as I just don't have the time LOL.
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post #9 of 19 Old 08-03-2013, 12:37 AM
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I have 10 acres, treed & seeded pastures, paddock and a barn I never use to house horses, just hay. I can close the paddock off to confine the horses or let them out into 3 acres or open another gate and they can access to all the pasture. I used to have a run in shed but the horses never used it, they prefer a thick stand of fir trees, so it was removed. I have an outdoor arena but my ideal would be to have a covered arena, the rest is fine.
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post #10 of 19 Old 08-03-2013, 12:41 AM
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My horse is boarded, 8 hours in an acre paddock in the AM with other TB geldings, then stalled for the rest of the night.

My ideal location for him would to be at my house if he could.

Priority: Caring for him with more hours in my day to spend with him. I work alot
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