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Horsekeeping 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 Benefits and Responsibilities of Horse Ownership

Horse Information Newsletter from Cherry Hill Manure Handling Equipment

Horse Information Newsletter from Cherry Hill Ask Cherry: Gravel for Turnout Pens

Horse Information Newsletter from Cherry Hill PLUS! SPECIAL ASK CHERRY SECTION

I can't imagine life without horses. They are the thread that ties everything else together. Horsekeeping is a year round task but the benefits are there every day as well. This time of year, I find we are extra busy with ranch maintenance. This is when we spread manure and plan fence repair and improvements. We like to have everything ship shape by the time the bluebirds are nesting and the horses are shedding. Cherry Hill


Benefits and Responsibilities of Horse Ownership

Owning a horse requires a substantial investment of money, time, hard work, and sincere dedication. The initial purchase price of a horse is just the beginning.

You must be willing and able to spend time attending to your horse's needs every day at least twice a day. You will have to tend to feeding, grooming, and exercise every day as well as buying feed, cleaning and repairing tack, maintaining facilities and much more. Many parts of horse ownership require hard physical labor: shoveling manure, toting bales, carrying water, training and riding. Sometimes you will have to make trade-offs. You might have to give up something you'd like to have or do to ensure that your horse receives proper care. You might have to interrupt your sleep, work schedule or love life to take care of a foaling mare, injured or ill horse, or to meet with your veterinarian or farrier. During the winter, when you are least likely to ride your horse, your horse requires just as much care as he does during the summer. Horse owners also have legal obligations to their horses, neighbors, and to other horse owners in the area as well as to pedestrians and motorists that pass by the property.

However, for all this hard work, horse ownership provides many benefits. A relationship with a horse can be very fulfilling. A horse doesn't talk back but does tell you, using body language and other non-verbal communication, how he interprets your actions. A horse reveals your tendencies and provides the opportunity for you to become a better person. Caring for and interacting with horses can make you more reliable, thorough, trustworthy, honest, and consistent. People who have difficulty working with other persons often find that a horse can teach them the meaning of teamwork. When you work closely with a horse, it is more like a partnership. Both of you have certain obligations to each other and when those are met consistently on both sides, there is the potential for a successful relationship.

An honest, trustworthy horse can provide invaluable therapy for you if your life is hectic............

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Manure Handling Equipment

Manure is a fact of life on a horse farm. Every year, there will be literally tons of the valuable stuff which you can use to fertilize your pastures. Spreading manure goes much easier if you have the right equipment.

First of all, you’ll need a tractor that is of a suitable size to operate the manure handling equipment. There are tradeoffs in relation to tractor size. Small tractors are more affordable and maneuverable but might make your annual manure spreading task take weeks. Large tractors can be pricey and are sometimes tough to operate in small spaces but you can use larger spreaders and harrows and get the job done in a matter of hours or days.

For a small horse farm of less than 10 horses and less than 50 acres, you’d probably want to consider a tractor in the 50-65 horsepower range.You’ll want to be sure the tractor has a PTO (Power Take Off) attachment if you are going to run a PTO spreader. The PTO is a revolving shaft on the back of the tractor that provides power from the tractor’s engine to the equipment. If you plan to use a harrow that requires a 3-point hitch, then you’ll want to be sure your tractor has one. A three-point hitch is the linkage on the back of the tractor that hydraulically raises and lowers attached equipment. Also, the tractor should have a bucket on the front for loading the manure into the spreader – otherwise you’ll have to do that job by hand!

Manure Spreader

Manure spreaders are wagons with mechanical features that are designed to distribute manure as the tractor is driven through a pasture or field.............

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Ask Cherry

Gravel for Turnout Pens

Dear Cherry, We were told to place a combination of sand/pea gravel in our horse's corral. We are trying to reduce mud in this area. What would be your recommendation? Pattie
Hi Pattie,
I personally use 3/8" pea gravel in my horse's individual turn out pens. This allows for wonderful drainage during rainy periods and when snow melts, thereby greatly reducing mud. I hesitate to use sand in any area where a horse might eat. If you plan to allow your horse to eat in the corral, I'd nix the sand idea due to the possibility of sand colic.

You can read about Sand Colic in another article on the Roundup page Sand_Colic) .

I'd also recommend you read Stablekeeping, A Visual Guide to Safe and Healthy Horsekeeping. It has an entire chapter on designing and maintaining Turn Out Pens, including a section with photos that is specifically devoted to the pea gravel we are talking about! Cherry Hill

Special Ask Cherry Section


Which Longeing Book?

Dear Cherry, I can't afford to buy ALL 25 of your books (although, slowly, this seems to be what's happening) so I need your advice on the Longeing books....which one do you feel would be more valuable as a first step to working with our horses? There's one that seems to be an "arena" book (and we have a couple of those and like them) and the other a "comprehensive" hardcover book. I really need hands on work with the horses, but I'd also like to know what I'm doing and why, and what the goal is; what the exercise accomplishes. Dee
Hi Dee,
I recommend that you buy the longeing book SET since it consists of a HOW-TO arena workbook to take you through step-by-step lessons and a WHY-TO hardbound text book with photos of tack, horse reactions, philosophy and explanations. The price of the set is lower than that of both books purchased individually.Cherry Hill

Which is YOUR favorite book?

Dear Cherry, I have long enjoyed your books! They are easy to understand, and cover many of the issues that I need information on. Your advice is very useable and works! And you have a wonderful web site that I can also use as a resource! I feel a kinship with you after reading your books and just wondered, which of your books is YOUR favorite? Thanks for your contributions to the horse world! Mary Lou


Dear Mary Lou,

Thanks! And you pose an interesting question. Like my horses, I really don't have one favorite, but each book has a special significance to me.
From the Center of the Ring - One of my publishers assigned me this topic so I could share my views as a horse show judge and help those interested in showing to get started.
Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage- We had just purchased 35 acres and as we were setting things up, I thought "Gee I'll bet other people are going through this too". I guess I was right because this book is now in its 28th printing.
Becoming an Effective Rider - I put my heart and soul into this book. Being a dedicated rider is a wonderful feeling.
Making Not Breaking - My most philosophical training book, I wrote this book while I was training my good horse Zipper who graces the pages of this book and many more to come.
Maximum Hoof Power - I was so proud of my husband's farrier work that I wanted to showcase the subject in hopes that horseowners would take more interest in hoof care.
Your Pony Your Horse - I've never had children but I sure enjoyed talking to them in this book.
Practical Guide to Lameness - This book is based on a huge, technical veterinary text by Dr. Ted Stashak and I was honored that he asked me to help him make this version a suitable one for horse owners.
101 Arena Exercises - I wrote this entire book from the saddle using a mini tape recorder in a waist pouch. What fun!
Horse for Sale - I wanted to help buyers avoid mistakes when they go horse shopping and help sellers find an appropriate niche for their horses.
Horse Handling and Grooming - This was my first picture guide and I laugh when I remember Richard taking some of these photos!
Horse Health Care - When working on this book, I think I REALLY realized how lucky I was to have such excellent equine photo models for some of the veterinary skills I demonstrated in this book - eeeeeeeeooooooowwwwwww!
English Arena Pocket Guides - When reader/riders said they loved 101 Arena Exercises but it was too huge to put in their pockets, want it, you got it!
Longeing and Long Lining the English and Western Horse - One of my favorite parts of ground training because there is so much more to it than most horseowners realize. I just had to lay it all out! This is the WHY book.
101 Longeing and Long Lining Exercises - This is the HOW workbook and I particularly love this book and the one above since I designed the covers with those great gelding buddies of mine, Zipper and Dickens.
101 Horsemanship and Equitation Patterns - After being a horse show judge for 25 years, I wanted to give riders some ideas for pattern practice and really appreciate my friends the Krause's for being my cover models. (By the way they also helped us with interior photos for Horse for Sale and cover photo of Your Pony, Your Horse - they are one of those great All American horse families!)
Trailering Your Horse - So much misinformation about this topic makes trailering frightening for novices. I wanted to break things down into step-by-step training and provide plenty of checklists. I also wanted to feature my great horse Zinger on the cover - she's 29 now and I'm still riding her regularly!
Stablekeeping - Sometimes just a few simple things can really make a barn a home! Since many of us spend more time in our barns than our houses, Richard and I wanted to share lots of tips with you. AND I wanted to feature my good broodmare Sassy on the cover - she's 28 and doing great; in spite of her protests, I no longer take her to the stallion!
Riding Western - What a fun project working with "the Brits"! The artist, Carole Vincer, had never seen a western horse or tack before we started this book. If you've seen her color drawings in this book, you know what a great job she did working with my photos and sketches "across the ocean".
Horse Housing - This book, by my very best buddy, husband Richard Klimesh, is just fantastic. Talk about an author trying to give his readers the whole nine yards! I was delightend that he asked me to write the Preface and the last chapter. I'm truly proud of Richard's book.

Horse Care for Kids - There are quite a number of books on riding for young equestrians but not too much written specifically on feeding, health care, grooming and so on. With perky drawings and color photos using only "genuine horse kids", I really enjoyed bringing this topic to life.

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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