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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