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post #11 of 17 Old 08-03-2017, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
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horseylover1_1- I don't plan on showing or competing. I want to own my horses at home, ride them on my property and local trails. I am not a professional trainer and have no plans on giving lessons. However, I would love to someday build an arena (indoor or outdoor) to ride in as well...

newtrailriders- Thank you for your suggestions! Definitely freezing water is a concern; I would want any horses I own to have access to unfrozen water 24/7, even during cold weather. I have looked into heated trough and automatic heated waterers, and have read Acadianartist's thread about the value of a frost-free hydrant!

We do get a fair amount of snow and it can ice over; would you try to clear the paddock of snow with a snowblower so horses aren't walking over icy, slippy snow? I would also think you'd want to clear it so that your fence wouldn't be swallowed up by the snow. What kind of fencing would you suggest? Locally I have seen electric, wood and white vinyl.

-30 degrees sounds absolutely frigid! Where I am in Maine, I think we rarely rarely push negative -10 (the record where I live is -24). I am sure I am in for some very very cold mornings and nights! I am happy to hear that the horses did well in the cold.

I have no breed preference as to what I would like to someday own; I have ridden a Fresian, an Arabian, Paints, and Quarter Horses. Do those breeds do alright in cold weather?

What I want most in my horses would be soundness, good health and a suitable temperament and training for my riding ability. I am 5'8" and have recently ridden a 13.2 hh horse and a 15.1 hh horse, and I must say the taller one is more comfortable for me. (and I have to confess to having a silly color preferences- I adore bays, palominos and buckskins, but obviously color would be the last concern).

Sorry for my meandering post!
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post #12 of 17 Old 08-05-2017, 04:12 PM
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Go for heated water buckets in your barn. It takes more work to wire outlets for each stall but it is SO worth it. Saves breaking ice out of the buckets and the horses always have access to unfrozen water so it lessens the chance of colic. Of course you will need frost free hydrants. They now have heated water hoses. I have one but I find the weight to be detrimental. I have a small wagon I use to haul buckets of water to the stalls.

If you plan on three horses I would have four stalls, although you might end up filling it with another horse! LOL Also, I would buy at least a three horse trailer, if not a four horse. I've never had an emergency where I had to haul all of the horses but I have taken a friend and their horse along when I went trail riding.

A tractor is a necessity. With a front end loader and a brush hog.

Fencing. I'm sure there are threads on this subject. It will take LOTS of research on your part to decide what will work for you. There are so many kinds and everyone likes something different for different reasons.

I'm glad to hear you are taking the time to learn all you can before plunging into horse ownership. Happy riding!
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post #13 of 17 Old 08-05-2017, 06:15 PM
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Welcome! I wanted to say hi because I also spent my life playing classical music in a big city, and like you finally have a beautiful place in the country for horses. Unlike you, we've been making it up as we go, no preparation at all! But the horses are shining with health and beauty, so even muddling along can work.
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post #14 of 17 Old 08-06-2017, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you very much, DanisMom.

I am lucky that my father (who is basically my next door neighbor) has slowly been accumulating big machinery for the past decade and has a tractor with front loader, just bought a bush hog, and also just got some kind of 4 wheeler. He has been bush hogging the scrub on my property, just having lots of fun making trails. I know he wouldn't mind my using his equipment. And eventually I would either buy it from him or get my own.

Thank you, Alder! Living in the city was nice for a while, and there are certainly more performance opportunities, but I think I am a country girl at heart, happiest in a big field or a thick wood. I am very glad to hear that someone else make a similar life transition and that it is going so well!
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post #15 of 17 Old 08-06-2017, 08:27 PM
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Welcome. You're not alone. I didn't own my first horse until I was 30 years of age. But unlike you, I was city born and raised and didn't grow up with or around horses. It was a whole new world for me. I'm not against reading books and seeking knowledge from more experienced people. But also, keep your own mind open.
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post #16 of 17 Old 08-08-2017, 01:25 AM
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What a wonderful and exciting adventure you're about to embark on!

Please adopt me ;)
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post #17 of 17 Old 08-08-2017, 01:26 AM
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Thumbs up

What a wonderful and exciting adventure you're about to embark on!

Please adopt me
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