You Did GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You Did GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love it!!! Looking at horse property in Orange County, CA--and we have the same problem---small, very expensive and nothing over 1 acre. Seeing your set-up gives me hope. Can I ask how big is your arena?
Oh, and forgive me for asking a general question: Why do people who "hate horses" insist on living in areas that zone for horses?
If you get a lot of snow and driving rain, you may want to add an 8 or 10' overhang to the front of the barn. Otherwise, rain and snow will blow in. Stall doors will be hard to open if you have 3' of snow in front of them.
The kids are home!!!!
My boy Houdini
and his new girlfriend Kiss
Is he named Houdini because he's an escape artist????
haha no....he is Houdini because I was 17 when I got him and I thought barn name Houdini...show name Lord of Illusion was very cool. Now I mostly call him Houdini the Weenie or just Weenie. He is pretty happy staying where he is as long as there is food. No escaping!
They look very happy there.:cool:
Awww, so happy to be in their new home!
The more often I look at your photos, the more I am amazed. I think your architect/planner deserves some sort of award. Can you submit the design to some horse magazines?
Thanks for sharing such a detailed tour of your lovely set-up! It looks very well planned out.
Like the photo of the white house with the dark wooden awning, I think it is the eighth photo down:
Obviously for a barn or entrance for a horse you would want something larger, wider and hung higher, maybe over a set of windows above the door.
Wow, Houdini I love your little farmette. You did such a good job of getting so much into such a small space. Love it.
And yes, I loved all the picture. Especially, the before and after photos.
Barn is gorgeous and your horses look very happy. Congratulations!
I grew up in Bellmore, so am very familiar with LI and the lot size restrictions. I rode at a small farmette up in Cold Spring Harbor (ooooh, hot flashes now that I think back to the houses! :lol:), as well as at Thomas' in Melville and as a private share-boarder in Islip (SOOOO miss riding at Connetquot!)
You have a lovely lay out. May it bring you and the ponies many years of joy :D
So now that the kids have been home for a couple of days I am already seeing things that I would have done differently lol.....firstly, I wish I had left some space at the botttom end of the turnouts so that I could just walk down to the pony's turnout without having to go through the horse's one or go allll the way around through the ring. Also I would have put the entrance to the attached turnouts closer to the barn, not at the bottom end of the attached turnouts. Those few extra steps really add up when you have to go in and out a few times in a row! Perhaps in the future I may need to do a little rearranging.
I'm considering possibly taking out the bottom rail on the fence closest to the barn, so I can just duck under it if I don't have anything big to carry. May save a lot of gate opening and closing.
The ring is a bit small for my horse. But I am the queen of the 20 meter circle anyway, so I don't really mind. I rode the pony in it today, and it was a nice little size for her. Considering they are both semi-retired, I think it will work. If I was doing any kind of competeing or anything though, it would be too small.
Before you take a board out:
Can you squeeze through now?
I ask because I have 3-strand coated tensile wire fencing with a Centaur-clone top rail and I rarely bother to unlatch a gate.
Purely Lazy = Me :D
Instead, I routinely go through the 1st & 2nd wires to get in/out of the paddocks & pastures.
If you can get through your boards w/o removing one, I'd choose that option rather than give a pony an opportunity to Limbo out of the paddock.
As it is, because I have not added a charger to my fencing, both horse & pony have patches of mane missing (pony looks like he wore an ill-fitting harness collar :() where they go through to get that "greener" grass.
Hey, Houdini....since you linked back to your originial thread here from last year (in another small acreage thread), I really enjoyed looking at your photo journey (!) again. And I thought it would be great to get an update? on how your horsekeeping in your set up is going? (Also: one of my remaining items: hay storage.....With your adorable little spot, I'm sure its a challenge for you as well!...can you share ideas/solutions?)
We are going to try and push out the attached turnout fencing a bit this spring and switch the pony and the horse around. I want to give him access to the ring all day. I think he really needs the space. He gets cranky when he feels closed in and I noticed he is coming out the this winter super cranky.
We had some trees taken down just last week so we can finally finish the fencing around the garage turnaround. Once that is done our whole property will be fenced except for the front yard. Once the spring sillies are out of them I want to be able to ride them around the garage turnaround.
We are lucky that our feed place delivers to our area twice a week. At this point I get a delivery about every three weeks. I pay way more than if I could buy in bulk......it isn't cheap. The way I am doing things....it isn't cheap. But since I work full time convienence wins out over cost right now.
Also, I think if I could re-do it, I would have gone with a barn with double sided doors. It is a royal PIA to have to walk in and out of the turnouts EVERY time we need to get to the stalls. Especially when it is windy and the kids are feeling good. It would be nice to have FULL access to the stalls from the non-turnout part of the structure.
The barn itself though is amazing. When the two of them are in there it stays really nice and cozy. I am very impressed with the quality of the structure overall.
My big guy is 22 at this point. In my heart I know that moving forward I will need to stick with med to large ponies with the size of my facility. Quiet med to small ponies :yes: Which honestly is fine with me. If I owned a trailer or was one of those people who liked to trailer my horses out....it would be different. But I'm not. For the future I really just want some fat, lazy, hairy ponies that I can groom and love on and that my future kids can play around with. What I have will be perfect for that.
When my husband and I decide to try and start a family, I will have to make a decision about whether or not to retire my big horse somewhere with some space. Most likely I will, unless he suddenly starts to act insanely content here. We shall see.