If you want to own a horse and there’s spare land on your property, then it’s a possibility worth exploring. Housing a horse on your ground will work out cheaper in the long-run than using boarding. Your horse will be on your land at all times to keep, groom and take care of him or her. This also helps to build up a stronger bond and makes it possible to ride more frequently too.
Here are some tips on how to prepare to own a horse.
Where Will the Horse Be Housed?
If you don’t already have some stables set up, or a suitable barn, then you’ll need to think about what your options are.
One of them is to look at the Barndominium. This is the creation of a steel structure in the shape of a barn. It does usually need planning permission. It uses common steel elements for construction. This makes it easier to get approval than an ad-hoc structure that hasn’t been tried before. You can take a look at Armstrong Steel’s Barndominium which has already been produced for horse owners who needed a structure to house their horse with a condo provided for accommodation too. The size of the metal barn is such that living quarters can be created on two levels providing plenty of living space. Steel is also durable and long-lasting, so this type of structure offers excellent value.
Create a Turnout Area
Fencing in a turnout area needs to be done carefully. Most fencing materials used for sheep or other cattle are inappropriate for horses who can get injured on them. This includes fencing materials like barbed wire because horses can get disturbed, gallop away from danger and run directly into it.
Instead, keep it simple with rail fencing supported by wooden posts. This is very affordable too. If this isn’t suitable, or the materials aren’t easily available, then consider a backup option of hot tape. This is easier for horses to see and can be re-taped at a later time too. Alternatively, if you do opt for metal posts, then ensure there’s T post caps to remove sharp surfaces.
Also, fit a gate that’s used for livestock with a tubular design. Avoid the gates with mesh because they’re not suitable for horses. At times when the horse is already turned out, lock the gate with padlocks. Use one lock to secure the gate’s hinge to prevent the gate being swung open by a horse thief.
Is there sufficient grass growing to provide ample grazing ground? If your pasture is lacking in turf, that will need to be handled before buying the horse.
If buying turf, let the seller know that the grass is for horses. The type of grass suitable for horses is not the same as for cattle and they’ll likely have different products for each. Get the grass planted and let it settle before welcoming your horse.
Don’t Forget Water & Feed
An ample water supply will be needed along with feed. This way, the horse will always be well fed and watered to keep them healthy through all four seasons. Make a place to store the hay that you’ll need to. Plan so you don’t ever run out because restocking can take time.
As long as you prepare well for your new horse, everything should go smoothly. Don’t rush it. Make sure you have everything covered before acquiring a horse and bringing them home.
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