I've been following this thread for quite awhile now and have some observations, comments and questions:
1. Blogging is all very well and good but what we need for OUR group is not a bunch of separate blogs, which can take quite a bit of time to navigate to and read, but a thread just for you ranchers out there to share your stories, progress and inspirations. Please, Admins! Add a new special area to the "Share Your Stories" section for Pets with a subheading for Horse Ranching.
2. Someone needs to gather up all these words of wisdom Mary has shared and post them in a logically well ordered post with no comments and questions from us, her fans. Just the facts and pictures.
3. Mary you have managed to peak the interest of so many of us, myself included. Thank you so much. I feel like I've had an entire course in horse raising and ranching just from reading this thread!
QUESTIONS: (that not only myself but some newbies might have)
I would like to create a horse, and other pets, in CAS but I have my small family already started. How do I go into CAS, without having to unselect my family, to create a new pet? I don't want to adopt.
I have adopted a black, wild horse who is the loveliest thing. How do I find out what sex it is? It's rather obvious in rl!
How much space do you really need to have a viable ranch?
What if all you want to do is have a couple of horses/unicorns as pets, how much space do you really need for them?
What is the smallest size lot possible for a ranch or just a few horses?
Does a barn HAVE to be two stories high?
I've noticed some barns are open on one side and not totally enclosed. Is this the best way to have a barn for a single horse or two or would an enclosed barn work?
What about foundations under a barn? I would imagine you would have to build on a slope or build a ramp, right?
What is the best flooring for a barn? (Mine is terrain paint dried grass to look like straw bedding)
Do you have to have those post things and a lot of run around room on your property for your horse, or can you just train at the training facility?
Comment: If Pets was more like RL, we could raise a horse like the fabulous Secretariat, (r.i.p.), who held back till the very last minute and then blazed several furlongs ahead to win pretty near every race he ran. I wish the races were viewable and that it wasn't a rabbit hole! There is nothing lovelier than watching a field of horses racing.