Hi wendy3249 - When I sold my horses, I bought new 4 wheelers for both my son and myself. We had so much fun with those toys. Almost as good as a horse. I live up North, so there are lots of trails, plus our local papermill has 45,000 acres of forests that they open up for riding. Wish I would've known about the Mill land when I had the horses.
But, no matter how hard you try, it's not much fun hugging a 4 wheeler or a motorcycle.
I agree about the hugs!!!! No bonding with a piece of metal and rubber. It was a good second though and no big poops to shovel. LOL!!! We have a 4 wheeler, a dirt bike and 2 street bikes but no place to ride the off road ones!! =0( Lucky you!!!
I just thought that the 4 wheeler goes along with having a horse farm. It is a tool to york rake the paddocks, get feed and hay out to the paddocks, move watering tanks, transport water from the house to the barn when the pipes freeze, etc. I have not developed any kind of relationship with my 4 wheeler other than a working one.
Ps. The 4 wheeler even plows snow from the road to the barn as well as from the barn to the dumping spot.
***Edited By: Renorey on 2/10/2005 4:21:03 PM*** Reason: Additional words
WOW! You guys have made me think REALLY HARD about this horse idea!!! What are we thinking?? We can't get a horse!! We have no experience whatsoever! Well, I sort of knew that already but try telling that to Leigh! I'll let him read this and then see what he says!
I think many many lessons are needed over the next year or so...and then reconsider the whole idea.
I still like the idea of a miniature horse though!
think of this. breaking ice for them to drink @ -4 and falling in!! i did. thankfully dad was there to pull me out. my clothes were to heavy to get out myself- plus the schock.
also if you do get GOOD insurance- any horse can buck and bite and kick. also getting thrown can really hurt you- i have almost been paralized once and come close to getting killed more than that and one was a very tame and gentle baby who got spooked
hores are very expensive , ive been riding for years and would jump at hte chance to have a horse , make your b.friend go on a type of own a pony day where he has to look after the pony all day and see if he changes his mind
I got three racking horses, (tennesee walker types) for 2100.00. A mare, her foal and she was pregnant.
I also adopted a standardbred off the track. Biggest puppy dog you could ever have. I have the link to the site, honestly, for someone who had limited experience with horses, THIS breed and rescue is the way to go..
They load, clip, stand still for baths, are gentle and quiet.....My Big ol boy would let the kids on him and he was sooo good with them. Kids could walk underneath him.
Hay can get expensive, depending on the spring and the cuttings. I have gotten lucky with 2-3 bucks a bale and paid as much as 7 when the weather was crappy in the spring.....
and with 4 horses, and with enough to get thru winter, 400 bales or so, you can see how this adds up. We bought thru the summer, first cuttings are generally cheaper as they arent as rich as the following.
Vets can be expensive if the colic. They can founder (feet get hot and the bone in their hoof can rotate and they can become lame) from too rich of feed, too much grass if you turn them out....etc....
They hop fences....
Mine were like 1200 lb termiites, they cribbed. (wood sucking and chewed bark off the trees)
But, they were on our property and I did my own worming and vaccinations.
Farriers can run 20 bucks for a trim every 8 wks, and if you want shoes, it goes up.
Sooooo, there is alot to consider...
But check out the site if you are serious. I paid 300.00 for my standardbred and I rode him more than my fiery racking horses.....