Bringing Horses Home: What You Need to Know

Bringing horses home to your own farm for the first time can certainly be an eye-opening experience.  shares her insights and key learnings from bringing her horses, Maggie Sue and Fritzie, to her property.

Unexpected Lessons and Challenges of Bringing Horses Home

Discover the unexpected aspects of caring for horses on your property, as Shelley highlights important lessons she learned along the way. These insights can help new horse owners navigate the challenges of having horses at home.

The Reality of Horse Care

Explore the realities of horse care that Shelley encountered, including the surprising amount of manure horses generate and the need for a strong support system to manage their needs effectively.

6 Things I’ve Learned in 6 Months After Bringing Horses Home

Learn from Shelley’s experiences as she shares six key lessons she learned during her first six months of caring for horses. These insights provide valuable guidance for anyone considering bringing horses onto their property.

Emotional Journey

Be prepared for an emotional journey as Shelley’s story may bring happy tears to your eyes. Her personal experiences highlight the joy and fulfillment that come with bringing horses home and caring for them on your own property.

If you’ve gone through a similar journey, join the conversation and share your own insights in the comments. Help new horse owners by offering additional advice and perspectives.

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4 Replies to “Bringing Horses Home: What You Need to Know”

  1. What a fortunate woman. A place for her horses at home, a supportive husband and (obviously) the funds to support it all and the good health and strength to get it all done.

    All I could think of is the countless women I know who are doing the same thing on their own, without enough money to buy the best sub-zero clothes, without the confidence of knowing they will be able to pay the mortgage/rent, without a supportive husband.

    Kudos to Shelley for having the self-awareness to realize how the caretaking part of horse ownership enriches her life. Kudos to everyone who is out there in the paddock or barn in the cold or the rain, doing the best they can for their horses, with whatever resources they have.

    May the fortunate ones always take a moment now and then to count their blessings.

  2. Hi Fran! Indeed you are right, I am a very fortunate woman! I count my blessings every day, and do all I can to share those blessings with others, as I know not everyone has the opportunity and resources to have what I have.

    In addition to caring for my animals, I work endless hours running my own business (which brings in more than half our income), deal with limitations due to chronic health issues from a traumatic brain injury, and do without a lot of other things in order to afford this privilege. It hasn’t come easy, but it has been worth it!

    Thanks for taking the time to watch my Vlog and leave a comment!

  3. I was horse crazy from infancy. My mother told me my first sentence was “Wanna wide a pony!”
    At age forty, pregnant with twins, my husband and I bought 120 acres with a house that hadn’t been lived in for years. We had a well drilled and installed plumbing and a septic tank. We built a barn with ten stalls, a feed/tack room, and a wash rack, and moved in shortly after the twins were born.
    I would have to write a book in order to list all the things I didn’t know about caring for horses, cattle, sheep, and chickens, not to mention keeping the children safe….
    But it was heaven on Earth!

    1. What an amazing adventure Susan! I’m sure it wasn’t always easy, but what an exciting experience. Thanks for sharing your story, we love to hear about people’s passion for their animals!

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