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post #11 of 14 Old 07-31-2015, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks all. Good to know that I am at least thinking in the right direction. Appreciate all input.
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post #12 of 14 Old 07-31-2015, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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Now to hijack my own thread (and shamelessly get up to 5 posts so I can send a PM to someone)... For those who do Paddock Paradise setups, any particular advice, tips or lesson learned about what to put out on the track? My "trail" through the woods is dirt that I was going to put some gravel/stone down in a place or two and add a little water for a "hoof soak". Also planning on 1 water station, 3 hay slow-feeders, a salt block area, and maybe a sandy area to roll. Anything else you've done that makes happy horses?
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Now to hijack my own thread (and shamelessly get up to 5 posts so I can send a PM to someone)... For those who do Paddock Paradise setups, any particular advice, tips or lesson learned about what to put out on the track? My "trail" through the woods is dirt that I was going to put some gravel/stone down in a place or two and add a little water for a "hoof soak". Also planning on 1 water station, 3 hay slow-feeders, a salt block area, and maybe a sandy area to roll. Anything else you've done that makes happy horses?
Ooh. so glad you asked! Not because I have anythng to offer, though, lol! Because I want to hear, too. You might want to start a sepatate thread, though.
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post #14 of 14 Old 07-31-2015, 10:01 PM
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I don't do paddock paradise, and reading about it I don't think I'd use it either.

I caution you into leaping into this though.

Horse ownership is a massive learning curve and a fairly big adaption to make in your life.

Being new to horses I wouldn't just jump into this complex form of management without knowing what your needs are. I'd recommend you keep horses for a while in a traditional paddock system. Note your herd dynamics, where they graze, where they seek shelter, where they tear up the grass in the rain. Think about manure collection and disposal, find out what your feeding schedule is, evaluate the needs of the individual horses. Then create a system that addresses the weaknesses in your property, and the requirements of your horses.

Let your needs influence your design structure, instead of creating a design structure to dictate your needs.
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