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post #1 of 10 Old 08-06-2016, 02:46 AM Thread Starter
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Haflinger help...

So recently my fiancé spoke to someone whose farm he grew up on and long story short I wanted to help with the horses and they were eager for the assistance.
Today I found out why: no one grooms them. At all. They are well fed and stalls cleaned and given exercise but they just don't get groomed or played with... so I have no idea where to start. I've never had or taken care of horses before, just did a lot of boring trail rides as a kid and always loved horses.
There are maybe 30 of them in total. They used to be the farm owner's pride and joy until his son died and now he just avoids them aside from basic care.
I want to start trying to revive the farm. I want the horses to look beautiful and be happy.
But I have no idea where to begin and I need advice!
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post #2 of 10 Old 08-06-2016, 08:16 AM
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Somebody more experienced correct me if I'm wrong, but grooming and "playing" with horses is not essential for horses at all (except for farrier). Yes, horses behave better around people if those things are done regularly but I've seen huge herds of racing horses which go basically untouched for a year or two and are perfectly content and healthy. The handlers do check them out regularly for any health problems.

If you are inexperienced around horses, you must get someone to show you how to behave around horses, it's not something you can really learn on Internet if you want to be safe. And stay away from any "playing" with horses, what they consider playcould easily kill you.
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post #3 of 10 Old 08-06-2016, 10:30 AM
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You seem to be romanticizing this. Reviving a farm that doesn't belong to you when you yourself are admittedly very new to horses is a loftly goal.

Horses don't care if they get brushed. All they want is food and water and turnout. I'd be more concerned about their manners than their cleanliness if nothing is ever dine with them.

What's the owners goal? To sell some? I'd pick 2 or 3 well behaving horses and focus on those ones.
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post #4 of 10 Old 08-06-2016, 01:06 PM
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are they all Haflingers? is this in US or in Europe? Haflingers fetch a good price in the US. perhaps the owner will help you get started. there IS a lot to learn, and one really does need a real human to get you starrted. would the owner allow you to post photos?
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post #5 of 10 Old 08-06-2016, 04:01 PM
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30 horses? I am picturing 30 horses roaming free over acres and acres of pasture...or 30 horses in a not wonderful situation if they are not being cared for. It takes a chunk of change to feed a herd that size or a lot of good pasture. I would hope that the owner will give you lots of training in the grooming department prior to turning you loose. He will be responsible for your safety. You need to learn how to approach, halter and lead for starters. Then how to safely groom and work around a horse.
Good luck, stay safe, don't do stupid stuff (as soon as you learn what stupid stuff is) and always have your cell phone on you so you can call for reinforcements if the need arises.
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post #6 of 10 Old 08-12-2016, 06:19 PM
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I'm picturing a breeding herd which would mean there's a stallion(or few) in there somewhere. Does plenty to eat mean they are stalled and fed as well as turned out to pasture? Horses that run in a herd especially one that big that hasn't had anyone putting manners on them are going to put you in your place quickly. Unfortunately your place is at the bottom. If they are stalled and you can take them out one at at time then perhaps it isn't going to be an issue as you can ask to be pointed in the direction of a two or three that will gladly accept someone handling them for grooming and will be least likely to decide you are beneath them if the buddies aren't with them. Either way you need to have someone introduce you to them and give you some basic instruction.
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post #7 of 10 Old 08-13-2016, 05:04 PM
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As other members have said, you don't play with horses, especially if you're not used to them. Are they running loose during the day or constantly stabled? Do they know that you have no experience with horse care? I wouldn't allow an inexperienced horse to take care of my horse.
If you are set on this, make sure the owner knows that you don't have experience so he can teach you.

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post #8 of 10 Old 08-13-2016, 05:22 PM
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Op hasn't signed in since they made this thread, so I'm guessing it is all moot at this point

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post #10 of 10 Old 08-13-2016, 07:12 PM
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You have a nice idea in theory, but your plan is only going to work if you have someone right there teaching you the basics and don't expect to be able to be on your own around horses for quite some time. If it is something that you really want to do talk with the owner and see what could be worked out. A thirty horse farm requires a LOT of time and energy and it's not all fun
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