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Hows it going? New to this so help me out.

Family bought 100 acre property. 60 acre is grass/pasture... 40 is woods...

Came with horse that is male. He lives in a 5-8 or so acre fenced area(barbed wire) and he has a 50-100 gallon water trough with a automatic top of valve and lives mostly in the wooded area of the ranch but has some pasture.... he gets bales of hay in the winter and lives of the grass in the woods/pasture in the rest of the year. Like i said, he came with the farm so we dont know how to take care of him so i need help....

Does he need shelter? A stable/Lean-to?
Does he need more pasture?
The barbed wire fence has injured his eye but it is heeling. Should we take down barbed wire and replace with wood planks?

Thank you so much for the Help! I really Appreciate it!:grin:
 

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For shelter, check your local laws. Depending on where you live he may not require anything, especially if he's been living like that his whole life.

5-8 acres for one horse is fine, but how much pasture does he really have? Does all of that acreage yield grass, or is some of it dry lot? Ideally, since you have 60 acres of cleared land, why can't you include some of that as pasturage for him?

Yes, barbed wire is not the best type of fencing for horses and should be replaced as soon as possible. You don't need board fencing as there are cheaper and just as effective/safe alternatives. I like electric fencing.

Is he wild, or can you catch him? He probably needs his feet trimmed and teeth floated, as well as all his vaccinations. Probably needs his sheath cleaned too, which the vet can do when they're out checking his teeth/giving vaccinations.
 

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For shelter, check your local laws. Depending on where you live he may not require anything, especially if he's been living like that his whole life.
I dont care what the laws are. I care about what the horse deserves and what is ethical.... should he have a lean-to or a stable?

5-8 acres for one horse is fine, but how much pasture does he really have? Does all of that acreage yield grass, or is some of it dry lot? Ideally, since you have 60 acres of cleared land, why can't you include some of that as pasturage for him?
Yea he has maybe a half acre of the real pasture but the rest is quality forest foliage... i have little problem opening up more for him.

You don't need board fencing as there are cheaper and just as effective/safe alternative
Any suggestions?

Is he wild, or can you catch him? He probably needs his feet trimmed and teeth floated, as well as all his vaccinations. Probably needs his sheath cleaned too, which the vet can do when they're out checking his teeth/giving vaccinations.
He is a very nice horse... when we go to the farm he immediatly walks up to the fence... We feed him apples...its not like he is wild but he did get up on his hind legs when i got to close to him will in his fence area.
 

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For shelter, check your local laws. Depending on where you live he may not require anything, especially if he's been living like that his whole life.
I dont care what the laws are. I care about what the horse deserves and what is ethical.... should he have a lean-to or a stable?

5-8 acres for one horse is fine, but how much pasture does he really have? Does all of that acreage yield grass, or is some of it dry lot? Ideally, since you have 60 acres of cleared land, why can't you include some of that as pasturage for him?
Yea he has maybe a half acre of the real pasture but the rest is quality forest foliage... i have little problem opening up more for him.

You don't need board fencing as there are cheaper and just as effective/safe alternative
Any suggestions?

Is he wild, or can you catch him? He probably needs his feet trimmed and teeth floated, as well as all his vaccinations. Probably needs his sheath cleaned too, which the vet can do when they're out checking his teeth/giving vaccinations.
He is a very nice horse... when we go to the farm he immediatly walks up to the fence... We feed him apples...its not like he is wild but he did get up on his hind legs when i got to close to him will in his fence area.
 

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welcome to the forum. I'm glad you came here to get help.

Speed Racer gave good advice. I'd like to second the "barbed wire is bad" idea. yikes!

hope you enjoy the forum, please ask as many questions as you need to.
 

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Ok come on guys... this is just outrageous: ive tried post responses for over a day now and the mods wont approve my posts
 

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the water trough is a bad idea for one. you need a bucket or a smaller tank. The horse cannot drink all of that and it will sit and not be any good. The barbed wire should be taken down....a vet is a good idea. If it is to much I think it would be a good idea to get rid of it or put it in a different place for a while until you are settled and ready to take care of it. Horses are a ton of work but if you take care of them properly it will be and awesome experience. It is great that you care and are doing this for this horse. More people should step up and do it too.
 

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I have never heard anyone say a big trough it a bad idea... the more water the horse has access to, the better imo. The trough should be cleaned on a regular basis.

Welcome to the forums and congratulations on your new farm and horse!

You don't specifically say, did you want the horse? If you aren't interested in riding/horses, you could put an ad online or in the paper for a free horse and I'm sure someone would take him off your hands.

If you are interested in horses, I agree that you should fence a space that has lots of grass for grazing, and ideally put up a run-in shed, but trees can be used as shelter as well.

Did the vet come out to look at his injured eye? You should have the vet come out and give him vaccines and give him a check up. He'll need his feet attended to by a farrier.

DON'T DON'T DON'T climb up on him for a ride. If you want to ride, have a trainer ride/work with him first to see if he's dangerous or what skill level is required to ride him.
 

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Did the previous owners give you any records on the horse? Vet/farrier/dental records? The responsibility for caring for a horse is HUGE and not to be taken lightly. They actually require a great deal more care and knowledge than your average household pet. I really can't comment on his diet since we don't know what his body condition is. I actually agree that the super large trough isn't the best idea since it is unlikely that it will maintain fresh water. A trough should be large enough to supply a day's worth of water, but it needs to be scrubbed and replenished on a regular basis. Get rid of the barbed wire ASAP. Your local farm store can help you with different types of appropriate fencing. Call a vet out ASAP to determine his current health condition, decide what shots he needs, check to see if his sheath needs to be cleaned, determine the condition of his feet, and and check his teeth. You may also want to consider contacting a local horse rescue. They can help educate you on horse ownership, and decide if this is something you want to take on.
 
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