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Most of us, at one point or another, have dreamt of owning our own horse. But many of us, just assume that there is just not the space or that it will either be too difficult to look after or be too expensive. If you have considered those three points and are still trying to decide whether it is possible for you and whether it will be a good decision for you, then there are other important factors to consider.
We all know that horses are no ordinary pet, they are a huge investment in terms of both money and commitment and they need an enormous amount of care and knowledge in order for them to be able to be properly looked after and to be able to thrive in their environment. So if you are a little uncertain about whether having a horse is right for you, and your family, or not, read on for the main points to try and help you make that decision.
They Are Expensive
We can’t talk about buying a horse without talking about how expensive they are. When a lot of people think of buying a horse, they think of just the cost of purchasing the horse. However it is not just the cost of the horse that needs to be considered it is also the maintenance costs that need to be factored in. Horses are very expensive to maintain and to look after so anyone considering buying one, needs to really crunch the numbers on how much it is going to cost on a monthly basis.
You are also going to need to factor in costs for food, shelter, medication and veterinary care. Your horse is going to need all the right maintenance tools and equipments and it’s possible that you may also need to pay someone to look after your horse if you go away. The veterinary bills alone, for keeping on top of a horse’s health, are very costly, so as you can see the ongoing expenses certainly add up.
Feeding Your Horse
The diet of your horse will depend on its breed, age, activity level and health condition. Even factors such as weather and climate, will have an affect on the type and amount of food that you need to feed your horse. It is a very common misconception that horses only eat grass. However grass alone is not enough to completely sustain a horse. So all horse owners need to be vigilant that other items are being added to their diet to make sure they are consuming grains, crops, hay, protein and salt that are all necessary to keep a horse strong, healthy and happy.
Stable Space & Equipment
Owning a horse inevitably is going to need space, and a far bit of it, at that. You are going to need to have enough space to not only keep your horse happy but also to take care of, and store, all the grooming, feeding and general maintenance equipment. It is easy to forget all the space and details that are necessary to look after your horse, from Vale Stables to crop storage, for when they have eaten all the grass in your field and needs to graze until the grass has grown back, right through to appropriate equipment to look after them in the different seasons.
It is no secret that horses need a lot of space in order for them to feel free and happy, so you must look at the space that you have available in your outdoor space in order to evaluate if you have enough. The general rule of thumb is that anyone with less than one acre of land doesn’t have a big enough crop of land for a horse, so take this on board when making your decision.
It is a hug decision to own a horse. This is not a dog or a cat, so really take some time to consider the above points to be certain that you are in the best position to give your horse the best life in the lovelies possible environment.
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Going out for a night on the town is doubtlessly enjoyable, but it’s not necessarily the kind of activity that everyone can do constantly. For one thing, there are other responsibilities that most of us have that make life tricky – and then there’s the expense of it all.
So instead of going for a night out, you might make the decisions to stay at home and experiment with a little cocktail making of your own. Twice as much fun thanks to you being in control of the proportions; not to mention the fact that it’s going to be a lot kinder on your wallet as well.
It feels like an amazing idea… right up until you sip your drink and realize that you’ve made a terrible mistake. There are a few common reasons why your at-home efforts aren’t even coming close to what you would buy at a bar. To get the best results you can, make sure you’re avoiding these at-home cocktail faux pas…
#1 – Using Cheap Alcohol
There’s no doubt about it; if the alcohol in a cocktail isn’t good, then there’s nothing that you can do with the rest of the ingredients. Think of the alcohol as the center point, the unavoidable, the thing you have to get right. If you’re making Manhattans, then you want to invest in proper Jim Beam whisky as the central part; a good Gimlet is going to demand a good brand of gin – and so on and so forth. If you’re looking to make savings, then you’d be better off with cheaper fruit juices than scrimping on the alcohol.
#2 – Over Sugaring
If you’re less one to stick to a conventional recipe and prefer to make things up as you go along, you’re in real danger of making your concoction too sugary. The majority of alcohol – especially spirits – can be rather bitter. As you sample your first attempt, you will probably immediately think that this bitterness is too obvious. What’s the best counter to bitterness, you’ll think? Sweet! So you dump in the high-sugar fruit juices or sugar the rim of the glass – and you go too far. Remember that you’re not trying to compete against the alcoholic taste; you’ve just got to work with it and try to draw out additional flavors.
#3 – Ignoring Quantities
We’ve all been there when someone is mixing a cocktail and they decide to throw in more alcohol – or other components, but it mainly is alcohol – into the mix. “Why not?” you all reason to one another, “we’re having a good time, aren’t we?”. So you throw in the extra, ignoring the quantity suggestions… and then you quickly realize that it tastes like you’re drinking lighter fuel.
The balance of alcohol to other components in a good cocktail is very simple, and it’s that way for a reason. Without the careful suggested measurements being adhered to, you might as well just cut to the chase and drink the spirit in question completely neat. So follow the quantities – it’ll taste much, much better!
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No parent should be surprised by the fact their child (or children) are going to change how they handle the big events in life. Moving home is no different. In fact, it requires perhaps the greatest deal of adaptability on the parents’ end. The way you view a home, the way you value the area you’re moving into, even the way you make the move itself; it’s all going to change. So, how do you make sure that the move you’re making is the right one for the kids?
What are you looking for?
First, you have to consider what your new priorities for the home itself are. Many of these will be the same as always. You want more room so that you and your kids each have your own space and plenty of shared space. You want utilities to be functional so that the water is safe to use and the air is safe for your kids to breathe. But if you have young children, you want to consider things like how safe the garden is, how easy it will be to childproof the home. If there are little stairs, steps, and dips all over the home and the garden, you can only imagine the anxiety that will give you while your children are trying to play. You want a place that can assuage any concerns, not heighten them.
Where are you going?
What about the area you’re moving your family into? It should be no surprise that finding a good school will be at the top of your list, a search that sites like www.thespruce.com can help you with. In some states, as many as 1-in-4 families move specifically to secure a good school space for their children. This is where your research may be most extensive, but don’t forget to look at other signs for a good neighborhood. You can research crime statistics online, for instance, to ensure that your neighborhood of choice is safe. You should also research what businesses and community centers are in the area. Is it going to be a huge hassle every time you need to go for a grocery trip or visit the doctor?
What can you do to make it easier on them?
The move itself is likely going to involve some stress. There’s no getting around that. But a good start in a new neighborhood can be ruined if the children are having a stressful experience. Insulating them from it as much as possible can be a great help. Organize moving day way ahead of time with help from services like www.mybekins.com. Enlist some friends to help get the children’s room set up as much as possible. You can even try to make it an adventure for them. But if you’re anticipating a difficult move, sometimes it might be best to have them spend the night at a family member’s place so that you can move in peace. Then, later when things have calmed down, you can frame a second move for them as a party in a new home that’s slightly more complete.
Having children may limit the selection of homes you might have once found acceptable. However, by keeping your priorities in the right place, you’re going to have a much better chance of finding your dream home without any nasty surprises popping up down the line.