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post #11 of 12 Old 03-17-2017, 01:35 AM
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Sometimes it the little things you miss the most!

these items are needed too:

Scissors to cut open hay, manure fork, wheelbarrow or muck bucket and wheeled holder, scrub brush, buckets for food and water, slow feed hay nets for overnight, big broom, heavy duty hoses, soap to wash yourself with, towels for wiping everything, non-latex gloves, first aid supplies for the horses, metal cans for feed (I use metal trash cans), bug spray for ants, wasps, etc., shovel for digging up weeds, and maybe a barn cat

Also spare wire for fencing repairs (this can happen sooner than you might expect) and a fence tool.

Good lighting is essential and must be where a horse can't reach it. It is super handy to have big spotlights on the outside of the barn too, for those dark evenings.

A designated place to dump the manure. Storage for shavings and hay. IMO you need space for more than 100 bales. There are 365 days in a year, and three acres is not enough to support two horses. I had three horses on three acres and I used 400 bales a year, minimum. Two were very easy keepers.

Very nice to have cover in the pasture too. A metal carport works great especially if there are no trees.

Last but not least, trailer storage. Anyone with their own place definitely needs a horse trailer and a place to put it.
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post #12 of 12 Old 03-22-2017, 11:15 AM
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I thought I'd want to "fancy things up" when I moved in ~18 months ago but I'm actually enjoying the simplicity of a run-in shelter instead of stalls - no time wasted pulling horses in and out for feeding, no shavings to buy for stalls. I am in North Texas where it's typically mild year round, however.


Walk the fence line for repairs, and even the entire pasture if possible. I found (and/or my mower blade found) bits of barbed wire and broken cinderblocks in my 5 acre pasture when I moved in.


If you want to keep the pasture filled with grass, build a sacrifice paddock ASAP.


Create a plan for manure. I have compost heaps & if there is an empty grain or dog food bag I fill it and throw in the trash to get at least some poop off my property. I rotate picking manure out of my pastures with spreading the piles with a Northern Tool drag attached to the riding lawn mower or ATV.


I LOVE my 1" contractors hose from Home Depot - it fills water tubs much faster than a typical 1/2" or 5/8" hose.


Get a 4-wheeled dump cart instead of a 1 wheeled wheelbarrow. Gorilla cart is one brand, but I'm happy with my less expensive Northern Tool version. MUCH easier to maneuver, plus you can attach it to a riding lawn mower or ATV. In addition to manure, I can move hay, firewood, bags of soil when I'm gardening, throw a tarp in it and move my stuff from the tack room to horse trailer, etc.


Locking container for grain & supplement storage - mice, rats & raccoons are crafty little suckers!


Fire extinguisher in the barn and one in your hay storage.

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