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post #1 of 22 Old 12-06-2014, 01:52 AM Thread Starter
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Keeping your first horse(s) on your own property?

I have been told by many people that if you are keeping your horses on your own property you must be very experienced, if you aren't its best to keep them at a livery/boarding stables. Well, we are kinda buying a property just for the horses and we cannot pay an extra $175 a week for DIY board. This is paying $175 a week without hay, without facilities, without anything but water, pasture and daily supervision. I am fine with knowing the symptoms of colic, laminitis ect and I know how to tack up and lead, catch and all that stuff, no worries. I also have horsey friends down the road from where I will be living. Is this ok? Well, it's kinda have to be ok because we aren't changing the plan. Our horses will be looked after and cared for very much!! And our horses will also be on pasture 24/7 with a shelter (huge one) and also free access to hay. I will check the pasture and fencing twice a day and also check the horses over twice a day. We will have 2 separate paddocks for when one of the pasture needs maintaining. We even have plans for tacking up bays, arena (indoor), wash bays, and a few extras. Please tell me I can keep the horses on my own property, they are our number one concern.
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post #2 of 22 Old 12-06-2014, 03:53 AM
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I reckon it's your choice!
We have always had our horses on our property...I didn't know much, but my auntie who lived across from the horse paddock, is amazing with horses and experienced. I knew basics, but I knew my horses well enough to know when their feeling off. Like you said you have horsy friends down the road, so you have them if you need help.
It sounds like you are dedicated to them and they would be happy.
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post #3 of 22 Old 12-06-2014, 06:14 AM
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Ours have always been at home. Horses are not the fragile things that a lot of people make them out to be. Sounds like you have everything you need to care for horses. Enjoy them at home and don't worry.

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post #4 of 22 Old 12-06-2014, 07:05 AM
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I think as long as you're willing and able to seek help when needed, go for it! Just dont be afraid to ask questions even if you might think you'll sound silly - and here is a great place for that for non-urgent things
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post #5 of 22 Old 12-06-2014, 07:09 AM
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Aye, imo and experience, no one will care for your animals as you would. So best do it yourself!

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post #6 of 22 Old 12-06-2014, 07:56 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much everyone! People were starting to stress me out about this, but now I feel very relieved and I'm sure I will be fine, (I do tend to stress A LOT)...

And thank you for all the wonderful wishes :)
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post #7 of 22 Old 12-06-2014, 03:02 PM
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I'm sure you can do fine, but do seek knowledge in feeding, health, training and more.
After 14 years with my horses at home, I still encounter new situations and keep learning on horse management.

Ask for help before things go wrong, like a horse becoming pushy or losing weight. You need a good vet to call anytime, a trusty farrier, and a way to transport the horses in case of emergency.
And remember, it's a lot of chores, but it's a great way of life. Enjoy!

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post #8 of 22 Old 12-06-2014, 04:12 PM
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I had only beef cattle experience before getting horses and worried about keeping horses alive and healthy for potentially 20 years. I bought middle aged horses. Cattle only stay here 12-18 months. I've got a good vet, farrier, and dentist, and several knowledgeable horse friends and so far so good. Its really nice having them home as I can work with any time I've got a small amount of time. The downside is I'm 100% responsible for their care. If you travel you'll have to find a responsible person to care for them while you're gone.
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post #9 of 22 Old 12-06-2014, 05:11 PM
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Ever since I was little I had horses right where I lived, on the land. I moved out last year to my own place where I have plenty of land to keep the horses. I was adamant the horses would stay on the land - in fact it was a no-brainer, I had the space, I'd never been away from them and I wanted them close. But actually, after 3 months I found it was way to stressy and my two had to go to livery for 6 months. I just couldn't take it, nobody was in the house ever from 7-6 weekdays and some weekends, and the stress of getting back and not knowing what had happened just became too much for me. They'd sometimes escape into other pastures or onto the road, sometimes get themselves caught somewhere, I mean usually they didn't but just sometimes, and loving them so much I couldn't stand to risk any of this.
I know have 5 horses on my land and love it. I wouldn't do it if it weren't for my new job, which means I'm travelling about all day but can often stop off at home and check up on things, and our new neighbours who willingly oblige to keep an eye on things, just give them a feed at lunch and call me if anything happens.

Keeping horses is a big responsibility, but sometimes you've just got to try it and see if it works out xx
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post #10 of 22 Old 12-08-2014, 04:02 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you for all the replies, very much appreciated! We have our farrier, vet and dental number always handy in case of an emergency and we are purchasing a float in about a week. I understand that I am responsible for their care and that is absolutely fine, I am very responsible and know some handy tips from friends, and you guys ;)
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