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CHERRY HILL'S HORSEKEEPING NEWSLETTER

May 2003
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New Horseowner Issue
This newsletter is a personal letter from me to you,
a fellow horse owner and enthusiast.
My goal is to answer some of your questions and send you interesting stories and helpful tips for your
horse care, training, and riding.


Horse Information Newsletter from Cherry Hill Help New Horseowners

Horse Information Newsletter from Cherry Hill
Cost of Keeping a Horse

Horse Information Newsletter from Cherry Hill Choosing a Mentor

Horse Information Newsletter from Cherry Hill Ask Cherry

Horse Information Newsletter from Cherry Hill Where Do I Start??!!

Help New Horseowners

If you are an experienced horse owner, you might think this newsletter has nothing in it for you.

BUT, in fact, we all need to remember what new horse owners go through, what questions they ask, what help they need. I'll bet you have a friend or neighbor that is new to horsekeeping. The more you can help them, the better for them, for their horses, for you, and for the horse business in general.

 

Costs of Keeping a Horse

Did you know that you might easily spend as much or more keeping your horse each year as you did purchasing him or her in the first place? This could be true if you were given a horse, you rescued a horse, or you purchased a horse that cost $2000 or less.
Horsekeeping costs are constantly rising as our planet continues to "shrink" making land a valuable commodity. The cost of pasture and feed is a huge part of your horse budget and is directly related to the high costs and increasing scarcity of agricultural land. Finding a place to turn your horse out or ride your horse may involve considerable expense, especially if you live near an urban area.
Of course, there are many things you can do to minimize horse costs, such as performing most of the labor yourself rather than boarding, sharing facilities with a friend, working for board or pasture space, and keeping your eyes and ears open for bargains in hay, bedding, and horsekeeping supplies.
Just to give you a rough idea of what it costs to keep horses, I'll outline below the customary routine costs needed to properly care for a horse. I'll give you a cost estimate based on today's prices....
To read the entire article, go here: cost_of_keeping_a_horse

 

Choosing a Mentor

Excerpt from Horse for Sale, How to Buy a Horse or Sell the One You Have:

When you are new to horses, it is essential that you purchase a horse that is a good teacher - a mentor.

The type of horse you look for will depend on your level of experience and the purpose for the horse. If you need to learn how to ride, you should look for a well-trained, experienced horse. You'll need a patient horse that knows more about riding than you do. Horses of all breeds and types can be suitable as mentors. Most really good teachers are geldings between the ages of 8 and 20. But that doesn't mean all older horses make good mentors. If a horse has not been properly trained to the specifics of riding, even if he is "sweet and gentle" in nature, he would not be a suitable mentor.

Young horses are usually not suitable for teachers because a young horse's responses are not consistent, a young horse has not experienced enough of the world to be unflappable, and a young horse is not usually physically developed enough to counteract the imbalances and mistakes of an unskilled rider.
A school horse must be patient, willing, cooperative and alert yet calm. He must be physically responsive to the aids and balanced and rhythmic in all of his gaits. A very thin-skinned horse......
Read the entire article here: choosing_a_mentor

Blemished Books

We've added a few more books to our blemished book page with discounts up to 70% off. There is only one copy of each blemished book, so first come, first served.

Ask Cherry
"Where do I Start??!!"

Dear Cherry,

Hi, I'm 36 and I have always wanted to own a horse. I have been riding since I was 10 years old. I am now at a position in my life where I can seriously start looking for the right horse for me. where do I start? I know a lot about riding but not much about buying and owning.I have many questions like, how many acres do I need if I keep it on my property? basically I need to know everything. my husband and I are looking for a home in a more rural area of p.a so I can fulfill my dream and finally own my horse. thank you for your time and I hope to hear from you soon.

Karla

Dear Cherry,

I'm 28 years old and have been dreaming of owning a horse for as long as I can remember. I've been reading everything I can get my hands on to ensure that I am as educated as possible but am feeling quite overwhelmed. I'm up for the challenge completely but am beginning to think that I'll never "know enough" to deserve the honor of owning one of these precious animals.

Any advice? Regina

Read the answers here: new_horse_owners

 

Dear Cherry,

I'm 45 years old and have never owned a horse, I have ridden some and am planning on purchasing a horse, what would you suggest, age, breed, etc. I will probably only trail ride. I'm leaning toward Morab's or Half Arabians. I love animals and they seem to take to me. Kimberly

Read the answer here: which_breed


That's it for this month. Don't forget, when you ride, keep your mind in the middle and a leg on each side. Cherry Hill

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