Horses need a lot of land. You can maintain a lot of land or you can buy it in hay but the cost of the land is the biggest expense. The amount of land available for your horses will dominate your horse time. You will spend your time maintaining your pastures or cleaning their stalls. You will not only need land to house a horse but you will need a lot of land to maintain their physical and mental health. You can either ride them on your property or trailer them to a large horse venue but they need a lot of land to keep them happy.
Horses are eating and pooping all the time. You will need to spend your time growing grass or buying hay. In our case, we have 25 acres for 10- 12 horses. We normally graze our horses six months a year and hay them the other six months. Our biggest expense is purchasing hay over the fall and winter. From Mid March thru October we rotate our horses between three pastures. Our pasture chores change with the weather.
During the grazing time of the year we kill the weeds, remove the rocks that seem to grow after it rains, kill the ants, and spread the manure to fertilize our grass. We do this maintenance after moving the horses to a new pasture. In the fall and winter we but hay and spread the manure more frequently.
The grass is always greener on the other side is very true. Horses will be testing your fence lines to get to the grass on the other side. It is critical to spray your fence lines to remove any grass that entices them to get to the grass on the other side. You will also need to spray your pastures to kill the weeds year round.
Fence lines are an obstacle course for horses. Horses are doing your a favor staying in their pasture. Most healthy horses can leap over fences under five feet with ease. They stay in their pasture because they want to not because they have no choices. Fences are a scratching post for most horses. Fences will need constant repair from the weather and the horses. It is an ongoing process year round.
It is illegal to pasture horses without cover. You will need to maintain a shed or trees for their proper care. Stalls are about as popular with horses as jail cells for people. If you leave stall doors open for horses they will avoid stalls like the plague. Trees need routine maintenance to keep the branches elevated so you do not get knocked off a horse. Rain and wind leaves debris that needs to be removed quickly to keep the horses from getting hurt playing in the shade.
Your maintenance time is normally three times your riding time. In short, every hour riding a horse comes with three hours maintaining their lifestyle. The chores may change but this is a year round estimate of your time towards your horse sport.
We are not real estate agents. We have a lot of experience maintaining horses in a variety of settings. We can help you identify problems that may arise from housing horses on property. We offer no guarantees of identifying all your issues but we can help you see the property from an experienced horse owner's view point.
Renting a space comes with a wide variation of alternatives. The health of your horse will be directly tied to their quality of life. Each facility has both positive and negative features. The emotional health of you and your horse can easily be determined by the facility and staff you choose for your horse experience.
Every horse has been designed for a specific purpose. Arabians are the foundation animal for almost all breeds of horses. Each horse breed was refined to do a specific job. Cross breeding horses is a very common practice. Breeders often select the best of two breeds to make the best horse for their needs. Your selection of horse breed starts the process correctly.
Horses need a dedicated amount of time to be valuable to their owner. If your time has value, you need to look at the amount of time it takes to maintain your horse. Horses are like five year old children. They need to have their training constantly practiced. You are going to be partnering with a very strong five year old child like personality.
Horses cannot read your mind or your memos. Horses respond to patient instruction for every situation they will encounter with you. Riding or driving is taught in a series of baby steps. Like small children, some will be fast learners while others want to be stubborn students. You need to understand the cost of buying an untrained or unruly horse before you bring your new horse home.
Horse ownership comes with a wide variety of expenses beyond their room and board. Horses normally require at least one visit from a veterinarian every year. You will be required to have your horse tested for coggins disease and any other problems that may arise. Your horse will need to have their feet maintained by a real professional. Horses normally need new shoes every four weeks year round. These additional expenses are not cheap or easy to avoid. Transporting your horse anywhere is going to be a very expensive effort period.