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post #1 of 6 Old 04-15-2015, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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First horse information (my property)

Hi everybody!

I'm a pretty well experienced rider who is finally in a situation where I should be able to get a horse in the next few months. I've been riding for about 10 years- jumpers, ropers, trail horses, cutting horses, dressage, green; you name it, I've probably ridden it. Variety is the spice of life they say! I'm pretty confident that I know how to ride alright and how to find a horse that would suit me (I have help), so I have a different set of questions! I've never actually owned a horse before. I work with them constantly on a volunteer and hired basis, and I've leased before. My family is getting property with room for them, so I figured now's the time to ask opinions on things. You can never have too much reviews!

24/7 turnout. This property is great, with plenty of room for livestock but no barn! We'd be throwing a shelter up for them, but what do you do to introduce a horse that's used to living in a barn to 24/7 turnout? Grazing muzzle? I'd rather not colic or founder my horse in the first week!

Companions. There are goats on the property, and horses on the properties surrounding. Can horses do alright with just people and goats? I've heard different opinions on this, and wouldn't mind hearing more. I could get a companion horse if need be, but it would be easier not to. I would still be riding with other horses occasionally, so it wouldn't be a complete isolation. Is this something that depends on the animal?

Sheets. For a horse on 24/7 turnout, I'm unsure on the use of sheets. Since I would be living in the desert, would I need a winter blanket for the snow/nighttime? It gets pretty cold, and I've never been around an animal that lives outside all the time, do they acclimatize and do fine in their winter woolies? Are fly sheets a better investment than fly sprays for the horse that's constantly outside?

List of items. Hopefully everyone that's buying a horse knows the list of basics that they need. What are somethings that you find new owners tend to forget or overlook? Also, favorite brands? Some people prefer cowboy magic over show sheen. I like to use vetericyn for scrapes, but some people like aerosol bandages. I LOVE reviews on things, if there's something you swear by, or something you hate, I'd love to hear it. It's just like packing, you think you have everything....

Anything else. Everybody forgets somethings. If you have suggestions or questions, feel free to post. If your reviews/comments depend on riding style, I prefer English (h/j/e) and will probably get a horse that comes from an English based barn.

Thanks guys!
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-15-2015, 10:04 PM
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It is good to hear that you will be getting your own horse. It depends on the horse but some do ok by themselves and others do better with an equine buddy. If you have no barn and are planning to build a run in shed it could be made with a gate across the front for the times that you might want to keep your horse in or have a small paddock attached if you don't want the horse on pasture 24/7. Here in PA it is not uncommon for the night temperature to drop below zero at night and the horses do fine in the run in sheds without a blanket. It is important to have the shed deep enough so the horse can get away from the wind and the roof must overhang enough to keep rain and snow from blowing in. You will need some place for hay storage . Again see what works for other people in your area. Often a horse facility will seem nice but the owner will tell you about things they would do differently if they were doing it over again.
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post #3 of 6 Old 04-15-2015, 10:14 PM
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Generally horses are fine with 24/7 turnout. It's natural for them and don't need much adjustment. Unless the horse is obese, or the grass is very rich.

Isolation depends on the animals. Goats help, but horses are happiest with other horses around. Some can get by, others can't. After keeping a horse alone for a couple months and seeing the effects I would no long keep any of my horses alone again.

Many horses do fine without a blanket. However a horse will lose weight in the cold, so if there isn't adequate quality feed around its sometimes worth blanketing them. Some horses aren't great at holding condition and need to be rugged. If there isn't adequate wind and rain protections (good tree lines are fine) then rugging may be needed.

I don't think a fly sheet is needed in summer, many horses get hot under them, but it's up to the owner.

Buckets are important. Lots of bendy buckets. Ropes. Lots of stuff can just be bought if you need it.

I'd probably look at building a yard area if you haven't already, somewhere to separate the horse if needed and contain it.
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post #4 of 6 Old 04-16-2015, 05:14 AM
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I'd probably look at building a yard area if you haven't already, somewhere to separate the horse if needed and contain it.
This is very handy if you have a horse that comes up lame, needs doctoring, or you want to restrict movement of or separate (or mend a fence). Our horses are out 24x7 with a shelter and we have a 40'x40' pen for this purpose. I highly recommend.
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post #5 of 6 Old 04-16-2015, 02:01 PM
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I would definitely suggest building a yard area/ dry lot. You will be able to restrict the time on grass if need be and it will help with the transition to 24/7 turn out.

I also agree with making a lean- to with a gate. This is handy when the vet or farrier come out...you won't have to spend ages trying to catch your horse.

As far as having goats as other herd animals...they typically work well. I have heard that they will eat horse tails though, not sure if that's true or not. But, with whatever horse you end up buying, I would look at his background. If it came from a large horse herd it will probably take awhile for it to adjust to no horses.

Horses are pretty hardy animals. Adequate hay is your key here. That will keep them warm, and they eat more of it in the winter! I would suggest REALLY knowing your stuff if you plan on blanketing during the winter months. And beware...you will get 743849374 conflicting responses asking horse people if you should blanket or not. In my area we get pretty cold/ wet winters and my horses can get out of the elements easily. I don't blanket. I may throw a waterproof sheet on them if it starts raining and then the temp. drops really low...Because my horses will stand outside in the pouring rain even when they have shelter!

Some of my favorite things...hm.....this is a whole 'nother forum post :) But I love my slow feed hay nets. It keeps my horses occupied for hours.

I will throw one more thing out there...I boarded my horses for years at full care boarding facilities. The last year I moved them to rough board. Basically...I had to do everything but they weren't on my property. This gave me the best experience for when I finally did have them solely on my property. During rough board I got a first hand account of the exact amount of hay to be buying, scheduling my farrier, how my horses handle the weather...and because I was still boarding I had an experienced horse owner to fall back on. If you could arrange something like that for even 2 months...I would highly recommend it.

Oh...and don't waste your money on the super expensive poop forks. The cheap ones work just fine :)
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post #6 of 6 Old 04-16-2015, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys!

I'm very fortunate actually in that I have two very experienced horse friends who keep their animals on their property who will live within around 30 minutes of me, as well as my trainers and other friends, so I have a lot of great help with the basics like purchasing hay and choosing/scheduling farriers.

If I end up having to purchase a companion for my horse, would it be wise to build two separate shelters, or just a larger one?

I'm thinking I'll put up a round pen in case of quarantine, and I really like the idea of the gate on the front of the shelter. Unfortunately I think the ground is a little too hilly to build an actual barn on, but there is an existing hay shed on the property and fencing from the goats and the donkey that lived there previously. I'm very excited and I appreciate the help!
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