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Alas, these are not my horses - and they are now moved south with their people...
Rather, we were looking at a house in one of our nearby communities. (The house was a near miss for us.) These horses came right up to us, wanting attention - not at all worried about the intruders in their paddock. Being a sucker for horses, I was delighted to give them some!

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The one in the middle is a Norwegian Fjord horse. To the left is some sort of Clydesdale cross and the one to the right might be a Belgian cross. The one below is a Gypsy Vanner.

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This paint was very friendly as well.

After this, my girls were begging for horses once we get our land - so we did some research to find out just how much they would cost to keep... the answer (from a good friend that raised hers much like how I would raise them) was about $500/month EACH! (In other areas with more moisture/grass, it might be less.) And that's without any special treatment! So, now the girls know how much they'd have to want them. We can love other people's horses instead!

Photos taken in June 2020 with my Nikon D7200.

Past issues...

Poultry

Chickens - A Little About Our Breeds
Chick Update and the new Warming Plate
Chickens Grow Quickly
Building our Chicken Tractor
Reinforcing our Chicken Tractor
The Circle of Life

Gardening in Wyoming

Garden Journal - May 2020
Garden Journal - June 2020
Garden Journal - July 2020
Garden Journal - August 2020, part 1 , part 2 , part 3
Garden Journal - September 2020, part 1 ,

Indoor Gardening

Terrarium Building



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Yeah, that's about right. Did you include shoeing every 6 weeks? Horses are some of the most expensive of livestock to have.

Love the feathers on the Gyspy Vanner. All the horses except the Fjord have impressive feathers. :))

The friend I was talking to uses barefoot hoof care (which I would want to use as well), but even that takes time and money to maintain. Once upon a time, a horse was an asset... everyone had to have one - like a car. But now, they're a luxury that most people cannot afford. I think it's a sad sign of modern times.

Yes, I love the feathering on those horses as well. I didn't know the breed of the paint.

I couldn't have resisted taking pictures of them either - they are beautiful :)

Thanks for stopping by. I love taking pictures of horses. I should pull out a few more from my archives... They make excellent subjects.

Beautiful horses and great photos! Having a horse would be great, and also the land and space to have them on. Such majestic creatures!

Thanks! Yeah... the land is easier, cheaper than the horse, for sure! Maybe in a less arid climate, it wouldn't be quite so expensive.

Having had horses for many years when I was still living on the homestead, I can honestly say that a horse is a big hole into which you pour money. 😉
Still, they were definitely cool to have around, and we actually rode them sometimes, so they weren't just pasture queens.

I would want horses to "earn their keep" for sure. And I'm sure that if you had the right amount of pasture and looked to ways of mimicking their natural habitat, you could massively reduce the cost of keeping them. But the way we do things now, they are pure luxury most of the time.

Yeah, I think many people keep horses just because they can.
When I was homesteading, we had a 10 acre parcel, about 5-6 acres were pasture and the rest was wooded. When the grass was growing, a couple horses were very inexpensive to keep. Unfortunately, winters are pretty long here, so we needed to buy a lot of hay for that. That's where most of the expense was for us.

Yep. Where I grew up - on the Pacific coast, we have very little snow, so (in theory) a horse could be kept on pasture all year long. The problem was, the grass over there, while abundant, was deficient in nutrients, so horse owners would still have to buy alfalfa hay from Eastern Oregon! In Wyoming, (especially central Wyo) the forage is sparse and of low quality. My understanding (from the ag extension guy) is that a horse requires 16 acres of forage to keep it nourished. Most people don't have that kind of land. Maybe if we're lucky and find 40 acres that we can afford, we could also afford to keep two horses... but it's not super likely - simply because of winter. Though there are wild horses in Wyoming, so it must be possible to keep them without lots of expense.