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Hello! I am new to the forum and wanted to introduce myself.

About 2 years ago, I acquired 5 acres and a 4 stall barn. During this time, trees on the property died and I have spent my free time, sawing and splitting wood. Needless to say, I have a lot of work ahead of me to get the property back to horse training status. Since I am new to the horse world, I registered with the forum in hopes of getting great advice. I look forward to learning more about farm maintenance and horses!

I currently have chickens, dogs, and a cat. I am hoping to get goats in the near future. I would like to have all of my stalls functional before getting horses.

I have spent many years working in a small animal veterinary clinic and currently own my own animal behavioral consulting business. I am hoping to add horses to the list.

I am glad to be a part of this community!
 

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What an amazing adventure! I am only a *little* jealous ;) One thing you might want to consider, depending on where you are located many horses actually prefer to be out in pasture with an adequate run in. If you are into animal behavior the "research" on horses that are in pasture v stalled is pretty interesting. Much of it is just theory, but it is interesting none the less. I don't have a choice, my mare has heaves and has to be outside 24/7/365 (vets orders), so I did a lot of research to make myself feel better about leaving her outside. Come to find out many horses prefer it!

Just in case you cant resist getting a horse (or preferably 2) before your stalls are finished :)

If I had a property like that I would probably keep 1 or 2 stalls for horses that need to be stalled (illness, ect) and use the others maybe for things like:
*hay storage
*tack storage
*chicken coop
*smaller animals like goats

But I am just a pleasure rider, if you are showing/competing you will probably want to keep that coat pretty in a stall ;)
 

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Welcome @daisie1

lots of advice on this forum, and most folks try to be helpful.

You may have some good advice for us too, being a animal behaviorist. Fascinating subject! :D

Your property sounds like a dream come true, what many of us would love to have. Except of course the downed trees, lol.

Did anyone mention that pictures are required? hint, hint
 

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Thank you for the info! I had not thought of just pasturing the horses. I have a couple of spots where I can erect a run in. We have lots of hills and the foxes and coyotes are running amok, so I was worried about the horses being attacked or injured on tree branches that are covered by grass. The original plan was to pasture all day and bring them in at night. I don't like them to stand in the stall all day. It seems equivalent to kenneling dogs all day. Acceptable, but not a whole lot of enrichment going on. I have a stall or two reserved for my goats and the "guard donkey."
 

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It's been a while since I have posted in a forum. I will try to upload a picture of the back pastures. Not sure how to rotate it. It's sideways.:D



Welcome @daisie1

lots of advice on this forum, and most folks try to be helpful.

You may have some good advice for us too, being a animal behaviorist. Fascinating subject! :D

Your property sounds like a dream come true, what many of us would love to have. Except of course the downed trees, lol.

Did anyone mention that pictures are required? hint, hint
 

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