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post #1 of 8 Old 09-22-2015, 08:58 AM Thread Starter
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I am looking at getting two horses in the next year. Here are some questions I have come up with

- Do most people in the south feed hay all winter?
- when are horse shoes needed? only for riding on hard surfaces?
- what type of horse is used for barrel racing?
- how old of a horse should I get for me and my wifes first horses?
- How big does each stall need to be?
- Do I need to replant my pasture? currently has fescue in it? I can spray it and then no til drill in anything

Im not going to buy anything until I do my research.
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-22-2015, 12:28 PM
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- Do most people in the south feed hay all winter?

Some one that lives further south than I do will have a better answer for you. I'm in southern Indiana and yes I feed hay all winter.

- when are horse shoes needed? Only for riding on hard surfaces?

Some people never use traditional shoes and use hoof boots instead when they need them. I prefer to use traditional shoes when needed. It depends on the horse and what they're used to as to when you need shoes.

- what type of horse is used for barrel racing?

Most typically you'll see quarter horses, paints, and maybe some thoroughbreds but many people enjoy using whatever breed of horse they like.

- how old of a horse should I get for me and my wifes first horses?

You want nice, well broke horses. 10 and up is a good age but keep in mind some younger horses can fit that description and some older horses don't.

- How big does each stall need to be?

If they are going to spend much time in the stall my minimum would be 12 X 12. If you're only going to be using the stall for feeding then turning back out you can go with smaller. I prefer 24/7 turnout with the option of coming in and out of the barn as they please. We have a lean-to on the barn where mine can do this and I have gates that I can close at feeding time to create a stall so that they are separated while eating.

- Do I need to replant my pasture? Currently has fescue in it? I can spray it and then no til drill in anything

Fescue is ok as long as you don't let it go to seed. In your situation I'd leave the fescue and reseed a pasture mix on top of it to give them a variety of plants to graze. Bush hog as needed.


As you can tell there is no one answer to most of your questions. Horse keeping is pretty subjective and everyone has their preferred method. Horses are subjective as well and the best thing to do is find a mentor close by who will help you find the right horse for you and your wife as well as giving you tips on horse keeping in your area.

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post #3 of 8 Old 09-22-2015, 01:47 PM
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Welcome! Unfortunately the answers to all of your questions are "It depends." Are you and your wife taking lessons or working with a knowledgeable horse person?
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post #4 of 8 Old 09-22-2015, 03:00 PM
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To the answer to do most people in the South feed hay all winter is typically going to be yes because our grass is not cold tolerant and will die upon first frost. I am in Georgia.
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post #5 of 8 Old 09-22-2015, 03:19 PM
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I'm in south Texas not far from Mexico, and I actually feed hay ALL year. My horses are stalled at night and pastured during the day so I always supplement. That may be a grass quality issue or might not, I'm not sure, as it's not my property.

Horse shoes will only be 'needed' depending on your horse's feet. Many of them do great barefoot. I personally don't shoe any of mine.

You want a quick, athletic, supple horse for barrel racing. If you want one with the pedigree for the sport you will probably end up paying more for those papers. It's easy to join Facebook groups advertising strictly one discipline of horse, possibly even for your state too.

Age of the horse doesn't matter as much as it's training, but that being said you're going to be best off finding an older horse, as it will more than likely HAVE that level of training you want. Something green, or something with too much attitude, won't be fun for you guys to learn on. It'll take too much work out the gate, which you may or may not wanna mess with.

Your stall size can be whatever you want, really. How big can you afford to make it? I prefer a good sized stall with an even bigger attached run. It's just nicer for the horse.

And I have no idea about your pasture.

Good luck in searching! If you want a good start enroll both of yall into riding lessons and from there it's easy to get good answers to your shopping and building questions from local people who can really help out.
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post #6 of 8 Old 09-22-2015, 05:27 PM
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Do most people in the south feed hay all winter?
In out area of NC, the grass is dormant in the winter and we feed hay all winter.

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when are horse shoes needed? Only for riding on hard surfaces?
All our horses are barefoot, and we ride on asphalt roads all the time.

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how old of a horse should I get for me and my wifes first horses?
Most folks would suggest a good, seasoned horse 10+ years old.

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Do I need to replant my pasture? Currently has fescue in it? I can spray it and then no til drill in anything
Fescue is the predominant grass (and hay) in our area. No need to replant it.
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post #7 of 8 Old 09-23-2015, 03:21 PM
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My answers are in bold.

- Do most people in the south feed hay all winter?
Yes, I'm in Florida and we feed hay nearly all winter long and a lot of people feed it the whole year due to poor pasture quality in certain areas.

- when are horse shoes needed? Only for riding on hard surfaces?
This depends on how often you will be riding the horse, the terrain you'll ride over, and how fast the horse grows out new hoof.

- what type of horse is used for barrel racing?
You will most commonly see Quarter horses, Paints, and Appaloosas. However you may also find Thoroughbreds, Arabians, Mustangs, and even larger ponies on the smaller local circuits.

- how old of a horse should I get for me and my wifes first horses?
For a first time horse owner you'd want an older, calmer horse. If you are green as grass new I'd suggest some riding lessons first honestly.

- How big does each stall need to be?
A common size is 12 x 12 feet, but you can go as small as 12x 10, but you don't really want to go any smaller than that.

- Do I need to replant my pasture? Currently has fescue in it? I can spray it and then no til drill in anything.
Fescue is fine, it's a grass that is higher in sugar, but it's alright. If however you have even the most remote chance of having a pregnant mare on the pasture then the fescue needs to go as it can cause a mare to abort her foal. I'd probably leave it as is and slowly begin seeding with a different type of grass over time.
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post #8 of 8 Old 09-23-2015, 04:47 PM
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About fescue pastures and pregnant mares. You really only need to be concerned the last 2-3 months. We typically plan for April foals, so in late January/early February we separate pregnant mares and feed orchard hay to them while everyone else is eating their normal fescue hay. Even though they are still out in the pasture, there is not enough fescue grass February through early April in the pasture to cause any problems.
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