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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

How many horses

We were having a discussion on the yard I have my horse Sabrina it was about how many horses that we all could comfortably look after and handle each day, we all came to the conclusion 2 was the answer that us elderly owners could look after the same as ours now keeping them in luxury with health care and individual fuss, we all talk to our horses which to unhorse people will seem strange but I also talk to my cats you actually seem to get more sense out of them, but horse people are slightly mad anyway (men in white coats). Bye the way we are all paranoid on our yard and ask each other for a 2nd opinion even though all have years with horses, the one owner was taught by the Col. as me and also kept her horse at the place I had Tonka originally before I brought him home, even the YO joins in as we want to do the right thing by our horses. 

Gypsy Gold does not chink & glitter.It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark.Tonka & Lara my beautiful horses RIP, Nelson,Chloe & Kitty the cats.

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Micki

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Micki says:

Re: How many horses

I comfortably look after and handle 4 everyday. They all get attention and brushed off, feet picked and checked over for cuts, all get talked to and treated as the indiviuals that they are. When they are in they all get mucked out thoroughly every day so it really depends on the individual person. I wouldn't call myself paranoid about my horses but i am very carefull and observant and if i am worried about something i get my friend to come and have a look to give me a second opinion about it.

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: How many horses

Char raised a similar topic a few days ago, as she's currently looking after another boy as well as Parsley.

Personally I too look after 4, and like Mickis they get feet done, quick look over and maybe a brush every day, poo picking done twice a day (they live out) but I don't ride anymore, and if I did I would struggle.

Looking after this lot is about my limit and within my health and energy levels.

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jenhavocmanny

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Re: How many horses

I think 2 is about right for me too. I do keep thinking of having another for my OH to ride, but I think that will only happen when Manny my pony departs (not yet hopefully!) as the cost of 3 would be a bit too much as well as the time. 

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3MoodyMaresMum

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Re: How many horses

Hmm, although I have 3 I would be happier as I am getting older with just 2 - but with my current run of luck and Anya's issue that is highly likely soon   Luckily I work from home and have the girls at home so they all get some form of attention every day - but I confess at the moment it is real hard work as everyone is on box rest so I feel like I start at 7am with feeds, hay and mucking out and eventually finish at 10:30pm popping in and out of stables all day on and off as I hate droppings left in the boxes and I like to keep them amused so feed little and often with nets, feeds and of course toys!

Looking forward to retirement for me!!!

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igglepop

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igglepop says:

Re: How many horses

 I dont think i could cope with more than two being ridden. Could take on more if it was just taking care of them.

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: How many horses

The big problem is when you take a horse on its like taking a wife, through thick and thin, good with the bad, and unfortunately circumstances change very suddenly even overnight as it did once with me, in full time work then redundant the next eek! had to make a dicision either to sell Tonka,  put at grass without anyshelter and it was summer going on to autumn, or bring home and build a stable this was what I did and the best thing I did for twenty one years.

Gypsy Gold does not chink & glitter.It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark.Tonka & Lara my beautiful horses RIP, Nelson,Chloe & Kitty the cats.

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melxvengeance

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Re: How many horses

well i've got 6. granted that 4 of them are shetland ponies, 2 of them are ridden. sometimes i struggle to get them both ridden on a regular basis so i think 2 is enough riding wise

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leannemccabe

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leannemccabe says:

Re: How many horses

i think it depends on circumstances - atm i own one horse but work on a yard where i look after 5/6 plus mine and tend to ride three a day which is manageable could probably do one more, they all get individual attention/turn out ect however i think if i was working a standard 8-5 job i could probably just about manage two but i have to addmit i'd have to have them either at home so i could just turn them out before work then muck out in the evening of have them on livery and pay for someone to do it   i am exceptioanlly bad at getting up in the morning so having to get up at 5 to ride/,muck out ect before work would deffinatly not work! i'd rather still be riding at half 10 at night than get up early!! 3 would be my max but one owuld have to not be ridden, youngster/companion or something on grass ;)

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alrees

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alrees says:

Re: How many horses

I have two which I find easy at the moment as I did have 3 and my other lad was hard work. I think it depends on the needs of each horse, If you have 4 horses which all live out and are relitively easy to do then it isn't to bad but if you have 4 which all live in, need regular exercise (4-5 times a week) and more care whilst handling then it would be more difficult.
My friend runs a full livery/braking/schooling yard where everyday she looks after a minimum of 10 horses but its her job and she is use to it and she said if she had one horse it would be weird for her.
I found it hard last winter as my one lad was stabled all winter, rugged up and on a 3 feed a day routine while my other girl lived out, unrugged and just on haylage... It felt like I was spending more time with the one than the other... but hey ho!

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amber4ever

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amber4ever says:

Re: How many horses

I would agree with the fact that 2 is about the most I could manage if both were in work, as I am still at school I only have a certain amount of time in which to get everything done on top of other commitments and homework.

I have one of my own on loan at the moment but would love to get another as I just feel I could really help another horse and give it love and get it up to a good standard of work.I have just started helping out a little bit with a friends horse as she had a women loaning it who basically had it as her own, but things have dramatically changed and that women is no longer at the yard so i have started working a little bit with it!!He is an ex-racehorse so needs quite a bit of work! I am bringing him back into work after a bits rest no sure how long not a dramatic time period just a few weeks!! Am just wondering if anyone has any tips on what is good to start doing with him, anything suggested has to be able to be done in quite a small space of time 30-40 mins.

Sorry know I have gone on a bit there

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