Any other horse owners that live in Alaska??? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 7 Old 08-02-2015, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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Any other horse owners that live in Alaska???

So i live in southeast Alaska and have been trying to find where a majority of the horse owners live in Alaska
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-03-2015, 03:09 PM
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I live in Southcentral Alaska, about an hour north of Anchorage. There are a number of Alaskan horse facebook groups if you're looking to connect with more people. Its a great resource to meet more and discuss horse care in Alaska. Happy to hear there is another Alaskan on here! :)
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post #3 of 7 Old 08-04-2015, 04:54 AM
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Check pm please...
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post #4 of 7 Old 08-04-2015, 05:24 AM
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How is horse keeping in alaska? always wanted to live there but i always wondered about what its like with horses.
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post #5 of 7 Old 08-05-2015, 03:19 AM
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I'm subbing to this! Only because I live in BC so technically border AK ..and I've been lucky enough to visit a few places in AK and it was quite beautiful, didn't see many horses, but I do know of 2 people who used to keep horses there years ago. I'd love to go back there someday!

So subbing out of curiosity and hopefully pictures? ;)
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post #6 of 7 Old 08-05-2015, 03:49 AM
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How is horse keeping in alaska? Always wanted to live there but I always wondered about what its like with horses.
Epensive and absurd.
Our winters are long and dark so unless you have an indoor arena the horses get put on hold for about 7 months of the year.
Because of this winter and our poor quality local hay horses have to be on so many supplements it's sad. We give all the horses at the barn I work at vit E because they can't get it naturally.
Also it is terrible for horse's feet. Anywhere that is not a mountain or trees is pretty marshy and usually has poor drainage. So not only do you have to carve out space for tiny paddocks amid the masses of trees you have to refill the paddocks with pebble gravel every year or contend with the mud. few horses do well barefoot here due to not having solid hard ground during the summer- winter's only saving grace is the dry cold which helps the feet recover.
Also while we have lovely places to explore good luck getting to it amid all the devil's club.
Oh and show season is really really really short. Like if you miss one you might as well miss them all cause we have just enough to get the scores you need for national accreditation.
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post #7 of 7 Old 08-10-2015, 05:06 PM
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I grew up in Michigan, so having horses in Alaska is different, but its worth it to me. You have to be creative in some ways. There are beautiful places to ride around here with some wonderful trails, but you will likely need a trailer. I'm fortunate in that I have trails I can access from my house. Like lostastirrup said, its tough in the dark and cold but with a lot of layers, you can still ride. I ride my horse year-round, usually several times a week in the winter. You just need to bundle up well. My mare goes barefoot and I haven't had a ton of issues with footing, but we also have D1 gravel as good footing. The pastures/paddocks are smaller (way smaller) with not much grazing, so supplementing with hay and vitamin E is essential. The biggest change I had to make was the huge increase in cost. Everything costs more. Despite the challenges, I have really enjoyed having horses up here.
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