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post #11 of 22 Old 12-08-2014, 09:21 AM
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IMO its better for the horses to be with you. You can watch and learn so much better than only seeing the horses for a short time each day.
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post #12 of 22 Old 12-09-2014, 08:04 AM
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OP....we have our 4 horses on our property and have now for 11 years. I admit, when we first got them here, I was a bag of nerves, going out to check them every few hours, every noise had me running out the noise, if they were laying down my first thought was colic. But...as you begin to see they are happy and content, you will calm down and you will enjoy it immensely.

I love having them at our farm because I can sit on the front porch and watch them while I enjoy a cup of coffee, I can go out and pet them at the fence if I am tired or had a bad day, if something is wrong they are with me and I can monitor them instead of calling the barn owner or worrying myself. When they lay down to sleep, or content to eat on the round bale, I can simply watch them being horses, and that is a great thing to having them at your home.

Enjoy!
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post #13 of 22 Old 12-14-2014, 07:44 PM
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Hi,
Please tell me I can keep the horses on my own property, they are our number one concern.
That's not up to us to tell you its up to your zoning board. As long as you can budget and accommodate for both your property and your horse's upkeep and maintenance, you should do fine. Do be sure to keep good rapport among neighbors regarding your equine family members. There is always that one neighbor who moves into the middle of horsey country and complains about everything (The flies! Your fencing is an eyesore! My dog keeps going onto your property and you're to blame! Your horse looked at me funny!).
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post #14 of 22 Old 12-14-2014, 07:53 PM
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It sounds like you'll be fine. With the horsey friends you have, ensure that they know where/what the feeding and care schedule is so if for some reason you have to be away unexpectedly, you have a few people that you can call.

Enjoy!
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post #15 of 22 Old 12-14-2014, 07:57 PM
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I don't know that you need to be very experienced, but you do need to be very committed to them, not afraid to ask questions or for help when you just aren't sure. That last part requires you to have someone to lean on when you have an issue, even a suspected one, like is he colicing or why is he ---fill in the blank. Vets are great but boy can those farm call fees and phone consultations add up!

Also, you are more tied to home as going on a week long vacation or even a weekend jaunt, requires someone else knowledgeable to come and check on them, feed, water, clean up poop, etc. and then if one of them gets sick or injured....I can't tell you how many times I have cut an event short with extended family because my horses needed to be fed/checked on. Come to think of it...that is kind of a plus.
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post #16 of 22 Old 12-15-2014, 10:06 AM
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Hi! I'm moving onto my own property soon as well! It's very exciting and a great leap for a horse lover (next to getting a horse or pony of course!) I've only had a horse for a year and really, if you can look after a horse on a livery yard you can on your own. Considering you have all the right stuff i.e -
Wheelbarrows;
Hay/haylage/both;
Feed(optional);
Stables;
Turnout;
Arena;
Companion (could even be a goat or something!)
Tack and haynets/rugs and other equipment- your all set! Enjoy it!

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post #17 of 22 Old 12-15-2014, 10:09 AM
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Hi! I'm moving onto my own property soon as well! It's very exciting and a great leap for a horse lover (next to getting a horse or pony of course!) I've only had a horse for a year and really, if you can look after a horse on a livery yard you can on your own. Considering you have all the right stuff i.e -
Wheelbarrows;
Hay/haylage/both;
Feed(optional);
Stables;
Turnout;
Arena;
Companion(could even be a goat or something!)
Tack and haynets/rugs and other equipment- your all set! Enjoy it!

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post #18 of 22 Old 12-20-2014, 11:14 PM
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Why not! It would be stupid to pay someone else for t he space if you have it!
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post #19 of 22 Old 12-23-2014, 04:55 PM
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We have kept Charlie and Alfie at our house, on our property ever since we got them! I think that as long as there is plenty of room for them, safe fencing and a nice shelter area, they will be fine! Although boarding at a nice barn would be lovely, I wouldn't get to just walk outside and kiss them on the nose! We just have to make sure that we let our neighbors know when we go out of town so they can water and feed them! Also it's much easier to walk the fence line and mend damages as they happen than it would be to hope a barn owner noticed and fixed them themself!
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post #20 of 22 Old 12-23-2014, 05:03 PM
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I'm sorry, I only skimmed the previous posts so if this has been mentioned forgive me. Who in the world would tell you that you should keep your first horse(s) in a boarding stable as opposed to your own property?! IMO that's like telling first time parents they should leave this new baby with a child care house until they're more experienced. Get your horses and love them. The only way to learn is to jump right in there. Having horses to look at through the window as the sun rises, to care for all your own, is one of the special gifts in life. Good luck and have fun!
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