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blather44 says:

After wanting a horse for more than 35 yrs., my husband and I were finally in a position to get 2 mares. Our immediate family is thrilled,(me, my husband & 3 kids ). No, we haven't ridden them much...we finally had someone come out & show us proper bridle & saddle procedure. We rode them around our enclosure and it was THRILLING. My question is, because we are taking this slow, we are getting alot of crap. We're are so in love with them, brushing , feeding, walking them, ect. my husband is worried about everything. So everything is moving at a snail's pace.Our families scoff at us.." can't believe YOU got horses", or basically telling us we don't know what we're doing. We've had them 6 weeks, we know their personalities and attitudes, does anyone have advice for new horse owners, or how I can nicely shut our families up?
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Poofy is a group administrator Poofy says:

Well I am happy for you and your family! Getting a new horse is really fun. When my family got are first horse we knew nothing about horse exept what we had read in books.

The best thing you can do is be careful for one. My family got are feet stepped on, bit and a little brused.

About your family, just tell them that this is your dream come true, and that they should be happy for you, not rude. :)

I hope that this helps. :)
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louchiere79 is a group administrator louchiere79 says:

I agrea with Poofy, also. Tell your family if they could do better than try it, otherwise don't knock what they have no idea about in the first place. Often people are rude, just because rather they know it or not they are just jealous. So I mean don't let them destroy this memoriable time for you. And you are right to take things slow! Because then your horse will learn to trust you as you learn to understand each other. and you will have a much more solid relationship. Be careful. One thing to remember, when your near your horse, keep your hands on them so wherever you are standing they know where you are, because sometimes they cant see you, and this will help alot in preventing accidents. If you need anymore advice, help or tips, we are here for you! So just enjoy this time, and we will help in any ways we can!
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blather44 says:

Thank you guys so much! Brought tears to my eyes, my kids say I'm a baby. Yes, I have had my foot stepped on..did't hurt quite as bad as I expected!! Whenever I drive up to my house just seeing them here makes me happy. Wish you guys lived around here to put us at total ease with these guys, but yes we are also reading..Anyone ever heard of horses for dummies!!! I do know our families are jealous, wish they'd get over it and just pop out and visit us and them. I will probobly be asking for alot of advice...like is 50.00 for a farrier's visit for 2 horses a good deal? THANKS again!
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louchiere79 is a group administrator louchiere79 says:

Hello, I pay 40 per horse to have their hooves trimmed. He no longer wears shoes. So 50 for two horse is really good. Do they wear shoes? Sometimes depending on the terrian where you live, and depending on your horses activities, they often can go without shoes, and it's more comfortable for them. Also there is a really handy book called Horses Encyclopedia, I will try to locate my copy and let you know more info so you can maybe get that from your local library. It's very helpful. Don't let anyone ruin your happiness, just enjoy this time, I really know how you feel, cause when I got my first horse I felt the same, and I virtually had only books to go on, so alot I had to learn the hard way. Like never wear steel toed boots around your horse, or you wont be able to get your boot off very well if your horse steps on your foot lol. Also What are the ages of your horses? I would advise using square bales, because they are so much easier for your horse to eat, and you can check for mold so much easier. There's a really great tool I discovered, it's like a measure tape, and basically you can measure for your horses weight, so you know better for when you give wormer, and can monitor their health. Alot of things basically boil down to what my father calls your gut instinct, and when you rely on that most of the time it's always right. Ya let me know their age, and if you live in a colder climate or warmer one, and I can help with more tips, also, remember for every hundred pounds of weight, they need one gallon of water per day, so like if your horse weighs say 900 pounds then they need 9 gallons for sure, and if it's hotter they need alot more, fresh water is imperitive. You can probably get one of those measure tapes at your local farm store. I will be thinking on more things and get back to you when I can. Feel free to ask any questions. And good luck! Enjoy your dream and hey it's ok to cry when your happy, goodness knows I sure did the day I got my first horse:)
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blather44 says:

Our girls are tennessee walkers, ages 6 & 4. We live 60 miles SE of St. Louis. We had a real drought here and hay was in short supply, so our neighbor graciously gave us a HUGE bale, the outside was moldy, so we are only using the inside. WE got smaller square bales from another guy, they're very nice and you can tell Goldie & Payton like them better. We bought the girls from a guy about 3 miles away, so we're feeding them what he has always fed them. They do not have shoes, probably never will, one of them he used to ride in our local parade, now did he have to shoe her for that? We give them fresh water 3 times a day , I know we fill 2 big buckets 3 time a day. My husband is going to run a water line out there soon. We also have a pond which they sometimes drink out of. We were worried about parasites out of the pond, but the guy we got 'em from looked at us like we were nuts. Who knows. Now for the topper, the 6 yr. old is pregnant. She is due in april, and this is her third foal. I'm sure when it is closer we will be contacting our neighbor for instuction. He told us , in the past he would leave and when he came back she would have already delivered . That won't stop my husband from sleeping in the barn. He is so excited. A friend told us one sign that birth is near is that they will start leaking milk. We are prepared and anxious. Your advice means so much to me!
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Poofy is a group administrator Poofy says:

Well I would be careful about mold. It is better to get them the little aquare hay bales. The way you are doing the water sounds good. :)

The pregnant horse, to be honest I don't know what to tell you to do. I have a male horse, and I have never been around a pregnant one.

Sounds like you are having fun with these to new horse! :)
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blather44 says:

If anything we're most likely too careful!!! I guess that's ok, we have gotten the little squares, going slowly to get them off big roll completly, Thanks!!
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louchiere79 is a group administrator louchiere79 says:

It's good to be too careful, that means your horses are getting the best care:) Sounds like you got your hands full! Wow! Ok, your definately right to move them to the little bales! So much safer and easier to digest. Also, if they were drinking water from ponds before when they were with their previous owner, then chances are they have built up immunities to any parasites or contagions. for things like that it depends on how the horse was raised, which can make them more hardy or fragile, depending, and as always each horse is unique. I have never had experience with foals of my own, or a pregnant mare, but I do know that it's a serious time, and taking every procotion you can is wise. There are vitamin suppliments you can give her in her feed, and also, once the baby is born, it's highly advisable to have a vet in to give the foal shots, to keep it healthy and strong. I will try to get you more info on that. Plus, just go to google and type in horses, and it will come up with all sorts of sights, were you can purchase products and so forth, and tips. Keep me posted and anything I come up with I will let you know! Good luck!!!!!!!
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louchiere79 is a group administrator louchiere79 says:

Oh one more thing you can get special feed for her to help her baby develope well. Just go to your local feed store, and read the bags, each kind says differant things to help you out.
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blather44 says:

You are so helpful, question...do you or anyone else know anything about vitamin shots while they're pregnant? My husband doesn't think it's necessary, & I don't think she's gotten them in the past. I have a in-law breathing down my neck about it!! THANKS!
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louchiere79 is a group administrator louchiere79 says:

I would say if she's never had them in the past, then probably what you could do is, switch her feed over to a special kind for mothers, and you could also, get vitamin suppliments to put in her feed as well, and that would do the same thing. But I will also talk to some of my friends and see what they think, and let you know. So many things can be managed on ones own without needing a vet, but always have a vets number who you trust to call in just in case of an emergency. And i would have to say, that the baby will probably need shots from a vet for sure, because like all baby animals, they are fragile at first. Keep me posted and I acctually wrote a long email with tips, I'm not sure which ones apply to you, but some of it might be helpful, so is it ok to send that to you?
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blather44 says:

Yes, of course!!!!
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louchiere79 is a group administrator louchiere79 says:

Sent!
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Phantom Chick says:

When we had a herd of horses we were taking care of there were 5 pregnant mares. The stupid idiot told us that they were not even close to foaling. Well then two days after he left three mares had there foals. Not close, yah right!!!!! I personally dont know how to tell, but i am sooooo excited for you. My baby i bought when he was a month old, and my mare died before i could breed her so dont have any foals of my own. GOOD LUCK!!
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blather44 says:

Thanks for scaring me!! Just kidding, we are very excited!
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Ponytale525 says:

I just saw that you are new to the horse owning world and I just wanted to say 'welcome'!!! You are about to have some of the best years of your life - they provide laughs and tears, but above all, they will be your best friends! Congrats and enjoy!!!
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