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post #11 of 58 Old 06-17-2015, 07:29 AM
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Oh, and at least one muck fork.
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Amber, you are going to need around six hundred dollars per month from now until forever. If you can't committ to expenditures of this magnitude, better send 'em back.
Other than that, read Joe Camp's book The Soul of a Horse for enough basic nfo to get you started.

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Horses take a lot of money, close management, and a ton of work. Even finished horses need the same basic necessities as unbroke horses: the right food, turn out, halter, ground manners, access to water.

Now you have to figure out what food to feed. Maybe the grain or hay you select for all of them doesn't work for one or two, then you have to find a new feed. That water trough with water that they require will have to be dumped and scrubbed at least once every 2 week so that it doesn't get disgusting.

Then you have to catch them, groom them properly so they don't get rainrot or thrush, which are both PITAs to get rid of. Then you have to have a farrier come that knows what they are doing, to trim those hooves.

But to even get to that point, they need proper ground manners which takes a lot of work, even if they are "trained" because the owner has to know how to read body language and respond, or how to properly catch/handle them.

And this is all before you can even get in the saddle, because you have to find one that fits, and then you have to find fitting tack, and the right bit for your horse. And they need to be ridden properly so their muscle comes in right.

And you're getting 3, so it's going to be a lot more work than just one.

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post #14 of 58 Old 06-17-2015, 10:07 AM
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Good replys, I hope we hear back from the OP. A lot to take on, if they are your first horses. And most of it has been covered. But we all started from somewhere. If you have owned before, that is great. If you are new to this, Do the most important things first. They must have water, food, shelter and an area for turn out. My first horse was turned out 24/7 with a shelter. Before you can think about riding, take care of the basics. When that is done, it is hoof care, worming, vacinations. Do everything first to keep the horses healthy. Working, training and riding is last. Learn everyday. When they get into your blood, you can not do without them. GOOD LUCK!
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post #15 of 58 Old 06-17-2015, 10:23 AM
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Originally Posted by george the mule View Post
Amber, you are going to need around six hundred dollars per month from now until forever. If you can't committ to expenditures of this magnitude, better send 'em back.
Other than that, read Joe Camp's book The Soul of a Horse for enough basic nfo to get you started.
Six hundred dollars month??? Must depend on the area.

We do less than $100 a month for 3 horses/ponies.
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post #16 of 58 Old 06-17-2015, 10:36 AM
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I keep checking to see if the person that started this thread has replied. Amber, if you don't anything about horses, then its not fair to them or you to come into this not knowing anything. Most people that have don't know anything about horses buy them, thinking that its a dream come true and don't think realisticly. Then the food bills come in, the vet bills, farrier bills, tack, and all the other hundreds miscellaneous things you'll. On top of caring for three horses. Most of these horses coming from these situations, end up being neglected, abused and/or sold. They all need to be exercised, and groomed and you'll need to spend time with them. Are you sure you are ready for this responsibility?? If you are still set on taking your horses, I can message you with a list of EVERYTHING you will need. I had been riding for about 5 years, then I just recently got my horses. Only two. And even then, after riding for 5 years, it was still a little shocking about all the responsibility that came with owning these horses. I hope you get everything worked out. Please message me for questions.
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post #17 of 58 Old 06-17-2015, 10:43 AM
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Originally Posted by amber1962 View Post
I have always dreamed of owning horses. Finally after getting my barn ready and horses selected, they are coming this weekend. What will I need to get started? Thank you

Your post is very vague and can be interpreted the wrong way. It does sound like you may not have a clue as to what you are doing but I will assume that you do and are posting in case there is something you might have forgot.

I think the most important thing initially is to maintain them as closely to the way they have been maintained and make the changes that you need to make gradual. This means feeding them the same and turnout/ pasture the same. Make sure you get as much info as possible from the previous owner(s) about this and also a record of worming and vaccinations.

You have only mentioned a barn but without knowing how your property is set up another thing that crossed my mind is turning out three horses together if they do not know each other and get along well. Three can be a bad number to turn out in a small paddock if any of them are at all aggressive.

I am going to assume again that you have the basics for feeding, grooming and clean up. There are many other things that are good to have on hand but can be purchased later and I can assure you that you will be making many trips to the tack and feed stores. Good luck with your new horses. let us know how things work out,
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post #18 of 58 Old 06-17-2015, 11:06 AM
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Originally Posted by ChitChatChet View Post
Six hundred dollars month??? Must depend on the area.

We do less than $100 a month for 3 horses/ponies.
Six hundred would be on the low side for my area. Pasture board is $200/ month at least, with part board starting at 300 a month and up, and that is per horse. Multi-horse discounts are also not a thing around here Hay bales ~$6 for alfalfa/grass mix, though I have seen pure grass hay as low as $3 a bale.
Basic equipment for 3 horses would be:
3 halters
3 leadropes
1 large watering tub
3 flat back buckets (for the stalls)
3 rubber pans (for grain)
grooming kit, or at least rubber curry and hoof pick
I'd recommend some fort of slow feeder net
Count on feeding at least half a bale of hay per horse, per day if pasture isn't enough (~20 lbs) I'd Also recommend getting a small shed/ carport to store hay in.

Grain: most horses don't need this, so a good vit/min supplement or ration balancer will be enough.
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post #19 of 58 Old 06-17-2015, 12:01 PM
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I spend about $100 a month for my horse and my pony. No clue how much my parents spend on their horses. But, that includes hay for both of them, 1/2 of deworming price, trimming, grain, and any other extras (replace tack, horse treats :), etc.)

BUT. Back to the topic of the thread. Just curious as to why you are buying 3 horses at once? Granted, we have 3 horses and pony, but we got them gradually as our needs suggested. Example: Belle was our first of the horses we have now. Well, it's no fun to never go with anyone else, so we got another horse so my sister and I could ride. Well, I really wanted a pony that I could train tricks and use for giving siblings rides. So, that was my Christmas. None of these horses can jump and jumping is my passion so I bought myself an jumper. But, these purchases were spread out between 3 years. Not just BAM! 3 horses. I think that you should slow down and enjoy one horse before deciding to get 3, but if it's a done deal already... What you will need: (equipment wise)

-Saddle blankets
-Hoof Picks
-Water Troughs
-Grain buckets
-Muck fork
-Lots of money
-Good supply of dewormer
-Farrier number
-Bridles/Hackamore/Bitless Bridles
-Saddlebags(if you want)

One way that we save money, is during the summer, we move our horses all over the yard. We have electric fence we set up. We have tons upon tons of fast growing weeds so we let them eat our yard up. Saves on hay, they like it more (lots of tall grass and yummy weeds) and it gets rid of unwanted plants.
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post #20 of 58 Old 06-17-2015, 01:30 PM
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Not to mention routine/emergency medical care?

Do you know how to treat common hoof and skin ailments such as thrush, rain rot, and other skin conditions?

Do you know the signs and symptoms of some common horse disease such as colic, strangles, heaves, etc.?

Do you know how to pick a stone out of a horse's hoof while out on a ride?

Do you know how to properly treat/medicate/give an injection to a sick horse, should the vet not be able to make it to your farm?

Me, and everyone else on this forum, want all horses to have the best life possible, and I'm sure you do too, so stop and think: Are my horses really going to have the best life possible in the hands of someone who doesn't know how to care for them?
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