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post #11 of 14 Old 06-16-2014, 08:30 AM
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Yes, make sure you're not looking at alfalfa or a hay mix that is loaded with clover

Unless somebody has enough money to plow up a big hay field and plant old time heritage seed, whatever any of us buys for our horses came from seed for cow hay

That would be the least of my worries but you can borrow a corer from somebody, take a few samples of the hay that comes off those fields and send it to equi-analytical. It's not expensive to have hay tested.

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Don't send it to the Co-op for testing; they only test for cows and the results you need for a horse aren't even in the same football field

Unless you are fortunate to have mucho dinaro, plan for the things that are a must first (barn, fencing, water lines, electric). Plan each of those as conservatively as possible while still getting quality contractors to do the jobs. Not always easy.

We have 23 acres and every bit of it was in perimeter fencing. We still managed to spend nearly 15K on cross-fencing and farm gates. We have 11 farm gates and several 4' gates.

Our fence is the standard 4" woven wire; I shudder to think what board or some other fancy type of fencing would have cost and the deer would have most likely pulled it over anyway We've been here 11 years and haven't touched the woven wire, although the small pasture by the barn could use some tightening up.

After all that, if you have extra money for a big round pen or an indoor - wonderful

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post #12 of 14 Old 06-16-2014, 09:26 AM
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^^^ well said.

I personally HATE wire fence with T'posts, I've had it on my farm for the entire stretch of my life, it takes up a LOT of time an energy( we have 15+ acres of pasture, and a total 40 acres for our house, barn, fields and such) even more so if you have a lot of deer, or a horse that likes to get out, it takes a lot of spraying weeds, replacing clips, hauling around huge spools of heavy wire unless you're lucky enough to have a gator/golf cart/ farm truck to haul it around for you, it gets real old real fast ( I've been helping my sisters with the fence since I was 7, it's been 10 years of fixing fences ) but... Most other fences like mesh wire or wood are expensive, but to save the hassyl of years, it's worth it, this year we are finally getting rid of the T'posts and electric wire, and putting in Red brand goat fencing ( they have horse fence as well, but for me goat works for horse, cattle, and goats, and i have all three) with a hot wire running along the top and bottom, with wood posts, brace posts and wire bracing,this will last us 20-30 years with little up keep
( provided no trees fall on the fence ) most all my nice, ' would be great to go riding!' Days were spent fixing fences... So I have a great hatred for fences now....
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The fence is only as good as the build and materials used. Each type of fence comes with it's own pro and con list. For many a combo fence works great. In any area were the pastures are truly greener on the other side of the fence if you don't have electric or high enough pipe you are looking at fence repair. I find electric to be the cheapest, most convenient and easiest to maintain. I run barbed wire on the perimeter as we are surrounded by cattle. It was what was originally there to begin with and haven't had an issue. Cross fencing is electric tape. Good quality tape, properly spaced posts, solid corners, tensioned correctly and using a charger rated for tape and your situation IMO it can't be beat. As for the hay fields ask what they are a mix of. Some mixes are fine for horses others aren't. If he is still renting to cut then keeping your horses on it isn't going to work. It could provide a way to keep your maintenance and costs down if you can trade hay for some of the rent cost if it is appropriate for your animals. What you decide to fence for pasture again depending on what it is may need to be killed off and replanted. that is not a short term undertaking. If it is ok for horse use then you still need to know what it is so you can determine appropriate turn out time.
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post #14 of 14 Old 06-16-2014, 10:32 AM
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Instead of an indoor consider a covered arena/riding area
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That is actually what I'm looking into right now( for the future, checking out costs, the pros and cons) a covered arena, open sides, just a structure that keeps rain off, though it is still really expensive to cover an area worth riding in.

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