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  • Best reference work for the new farm owner?

    I have a good friend who just bought a 30+ acre property which she is going to turn into her pony dream farm. It's an ex-dairy farm, not much fencing, what there is, is barbed wire, a big barn, some random outbuildings, gorgeous grass, trees, plenty of space, but TONS of work to be done, mainly by her and boyfriend.

    So farm peeps, I'm asking you, if I want to get her a book about managing acreage, horse property improvements and management, etc., what do you all find useful and worth referring to? Recommendations please!
    I tolerate all kinds of animal idiosyncrasies.
    I've found that I don't tolerate people idiosyncrasies as well. - Casey09


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    Cherry Hill's 'Horsekeeping on Small Acreage' is excellent, even if your friend has more acreage, it will still be a great reference.
    Lowly Farm Hand with Delusions of Barn Biddieom.
    Witherun Farm
    http://witherun-farm.blogspot.com/

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Trevelyan96 View Post
      Cherry Hill's 'Horsekeeping on Small Acreage' is excellent, even if your friend has more acreage, it will still be a great reference.
      This!! It's very good. Also maybe check out Horse housing, talks some about converting dairy barns I think. Cherry Hill is great!
      http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fentre...24774504235082

      http://fentressfieldsequestriancenter.com/

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        #4
        There's a separate volume on Horse Housing? Cool. (she already has the other book. ) Please keep 'em coming.
        I tolerate all kinds of animal idiosyncrasies.
        I've found that I don't tolerate people idiosyncrasies as well. - Casey09

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        • #5
          I would have thought it would be http://www.boozemixer.com/ or something of the like
          "Adulthood? You're playing with ponies. That is, like, every 9 year old girl's dream. Adulthood?? You're rocking the HELL out of grade 6, girl."

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            #6
            Ibex, I like how you think. Also love your tagline. :-)
            I tolerate all kinds of animal idiosyncrasies.
            I've found that I don't tolerate people idiosyncrasies as well. - Casey09

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            • #7
              Books

              I have : Building Small Barns,Sheds and Shelters, by Monte Burch
              Horse Keeping on Small Acreage by Cherry Hill
              and Barns, plan,design,build, by John D Wagner

              send me a Pm and I'll pop all three in the mail to you.

              Pay it Forward.
              Snowflakes become an avalanche.

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              • #8
                Better than books -- they should make an effort to meet other people who have horse farms and see what they did. You can learn a great deal by talking to others about their experiences. It save me a great deal of time and money. I always talk about developing a farm to anyone who asks me as my experience may be helpful to them. I can definitely tell you what worked and didn't work for me, what has been a huge time saver, what is a must-have, what is extra, etc.

                Books are all well and good, but nothing is better than live visits. Farm tours can be good. If they don't know anyone, check with the county extension service for possible people to talk with.

                The other plus you get from talking to people is that you get referrals to contractors. That's how I got my water installed, my electric installed, found my hay supplier, found my excator for the ring and barn pad.....it's really word of mouth.
                Where Fjeral Norwegian Fjords Rule
                http://www.ironwood-farm.com

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                • #9
                  The selfsufficient life and how to live it, by John Seymour
                  It has a little of everything in it, all kinds of critter keeping, matters of the fields or house and how to make stuff in different ways.
                  Originally posted by BigMama1
                  Facts don't have versions. If they do, they are opinions
                  GNU Terry Prachett

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                    #10
                    Ironwood Farm, they are doing all of that. I am just trying to find a few books that would make nice and useful gifts. For me, I never regret having good reference books around.
                    I tolerate all kinds of animal idiosyncrasies.
                    I've found that I don't tolerate people idiosyncrasies as well. - Casey09

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