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post #1 of 5 Old 03-05-2015, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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From boarding to home barn

Hello!

Well I'm about done with college and ready to move into the real world soon. Me and my boyfriend are hoping to find our first house in a year and we have planned to try and find a place with enough room for my gelding. I've already thought about getting my boy a buddy, the barn design, pasture management, feed/hay, water, and basically all the horsey related things, but I was wondering if anyone can offer some advise about what I might not expect going from boarding to an at-home horse.

Basically the biggest thing I am worried about is having non-horsey neighbors. I have a friend who recently moved her horse home, and often sees the neighbor children trying to feed/pet the horses. They don't mean any harm, of course, but it still makes me nervous. At the boarding barn I knew that everyone could handle themselves around the horses, but the neighbors might not be very horse-smart and I don't want them to get hurt if they try messing with my horse. He's tame and friendly, of course, but it still makes me nervous.

Also I was wondering if anyone had any advise about how to protect your horse if you might have a neighbor who doesn't like your horses. I know a long time ago I met a girl with a horse with a big scar on her neck, and her story was a neighbor tried to kill her horse. Luckily everyone was fine, and I know that is an extreme example, but I am very protective of my baby boy and was just wondering if anyone had any good ideas of how to protect your horses from people.

I would appreciate any advise/tips about moving your horse home. Thanks!
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post #2 of 5 Old 03-05-2015, 09:53 PM
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Good fences make good neighbours.

Run a second fence around the perimeter, electrify it, and make it so your horses can't reach across the neighbours.

Keep your stables and manure pile away from areas of your property where neighbours are.

Most areas where properties are large enough to have horses are in rural areas, and other neighbours will have livestock. So they should be fine with it. It's only in more urban places that you are likely to have more serious problems.

Most of the time strangers (who aren't neighbours) only approach horses that are kept by roads, if you don't put them in a paddock near a road they probably won't encounter strangers over the fence.
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post #3 of 5 Old 03-06-2015, 05:29 AM
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^^^ Good advice. We've owned four properties in the 36 years that we've been married and I'll be honest...the best situation with neighbors is to not have any "close" neighbors. Neighbors come and go over the years. You can buy next to the greatest people and in 5 years they could sell to some real problem neighbors. Our closest neighbors are 1/4 mile away and we love it. Close enough that we can help each other when needed (storm damage, emergencies, etc), but far enough away that everyone has enough private space.

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post #4 of 5 Old 03-06-2015, 11:18 AM
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I agree with second fence if possible. If not you may want to talk (friendly) to tell them you don't want your horses are on a diet.
I had a person next to me that thought that his old corn would be ok for horses (too old for his chickens). Almost had 3 horses colic. I was a little upset(mad as h&^%). He has never feed anything again. His kids still come and pet the horses and I have let them ride in the ring. I have horse treats that they can feed with me watching.
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post #5 of 5 Old 03-06-2015, 05:01 PM
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Making sure fencing is good and know if electric he will respect. Make sure if wood he doesnt crib. Water plans if it freezes where you area. Feed storage. I havent really heard of much neighbor issues here.
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