When it comes to turning Gogo out for the next year or so, it turns out that I have another option beyond just simply keeping her in the 5 acres behind my house. My landlord lives next door to me, and he owns about 30 acres of pasture land that he has only one horse out on right now. My 5 acres needs a lot of work in order to be functional. His two 15 acres paddocks, however, are fully workable and horse-livable immediately. He offered me use of one of them instead of fixing up my paddock, which he also said he would do if I want. The 15 acre field is behind my 5 acres, so it's not exactly in my backyard, but it's literally a 3 minute walk to get down there to the field. There is a big shed, lots of really nice grass, and NO STICKERS! My pasture is totally overrun with them and you cannot kill them. I mean really. You can't freaking kill the horrible m-fing m-fers.
Pros of keeping Gogo in my 5 acres:
Right behind my house
24/7 healthy happy turnout!
Cons of keeping Gogo in my 5 acres:
Mucho rebuilding of fence, and much rebuilding of the labyrinth in order to make safe shelter
Smaller than 15 acres
Grass is good but not quite as good at the 15 acres
Pros of keeping Gogo in my landlord's 15 acres:
It's 15 acres!
Good safe horse fencing and footing
Possibility of turnout with his gelding, in which case it would be 30 acres
No stickers!! Or well, minimal stickers
Cons of keeping Gogo in my landlord's 15 acres:
Not as easy to access
Harder to keep an eye on her - not right behind my house so I can't watch her all the time
Clearly it sounds like an easy choice. I would prefer for sure that she stay in my backyard, and she might get to at some point, but it's just a better option to keep her in the other field.
That's Bubba, the potential buddy. I'd love her to have a friend if she would get along with him! The only things that really need to be don ein the 15 acres are to remove the costal roundbales from the shed (from what I understand, costal can be pretty poopy hay, and northern horses apparently don't do well on it? I don't honestly know for a fact), and fix a bit of the fence between the two pastures where it is sagging. It will not even take an hour so long as there is some machinery involved. There is also a big huge hole that I found, just one - that needs to be filled. Other than that, it's totally ready to go.
What do you think?
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