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alright soo,
my father is building a barn and an arena and all of the things you need to take care of a horse, but i still have questionsso, i am still in high school, grade 10. and school starts at 8:30, so i am just wondering if this could work, i would be home evryday by 3pm , and other days back by
if i buy one horse. should i buy another to keep it company while i am gone, the stable is going to be big enough for four horses possibly 6 any tips on buying a horse would be very helpful. i am a first time owner, i doo know how to ride i do dressage and hunter jumping. ( english ) thanks for your help !!

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    November 6, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Sure, you can make that work.

    Feed and water the horses before you go to school, then turn them out if you have a pasture.

    In the afternoon, bring them back in, groom, tack up, and ride. After, cool them out, turn them out. In the evening, feed and water, then out to pasture again.

    If you don’t have pasture, then they’ll have to stay in the stalls, though I’d recommend turning them out in the arena every day so they can get some play time together.

    Yes, you need a companion to keep it company. It doesn’t have to be another full size horse. A pony, a mini, or even a goat will work.

    When you buy a horse, take along someone who knows horses, and LISTEN to them! I don’t mean another high school kid, I mean an adult, who’s been around horses and done more than learn to ride as a kid.

    Don’t buy the first one you see. Don’t fall in love with an ad before you’ve even seen the horse. Don’t buy a “project” horse, an untrained horse, anything under 4 years old. Don’t make your decision because of color.

    Whenever you go look at a horse, have an open mind, but don’t accept everything the seller says as truth. Verify for yourself.

    Oh, yea… make sure you ride the horse before you buy it. Also get a vet to do a “vet check” before you buy, so you know it’s healthy.

    Try to get it on trial for at least a month. Then you’ll know for sure it’s suitable for you, wasn’t drugged for the test ride, and so on.

    All these things are pretty standard for buying a horse, you’re not asking anything out of the ordinary. Legitimate sellers will usually say yes, though they may not allow the month trial. If they won’t allow a vet check, don’t buy the horse.

    Have fun!

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    November 6, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Try asking this in the Pet’s Category > Horses.

    That should be fine, you can get 2-3 horses (preferably of the same sex) to keep each other company. You should always have at least 2 horses since they’re herd animals.

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    mister 2 cents
    November 6, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    horses do like the company of another, even a goat, llama etc will have benefits. your schedule will work as horses cant tell time, as long as they can rely on you, they will know your coming and be quite content. all around the world horses are getting fed at all different times and different amounts. water access at all times is most important. ruffage and grain at 2 seperate times per day will work.

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