Would having a horse be a good investment for preparedness?
I don't don't know beans about horses, but I ran across the SFJ in the library and thought I'd pass it on. I guess if you had a clean river or a big pond/lake it water would not be a problem. With horses you have no worrys about gas or electicity at least.
I agree. We have 4 horses, 2 mules, and 2 donkey's. We spend about $250 a month for feed and another $300 a month in winter for hay. The horses and donkey's can all be ridden or packed with supplies if necessary. We've only had the mules for about 6 months and they are just now getting accustomed to their new surroundings. They are already trained to drive and in June we are having them measured for collars and harnesses. In the event that oil becomes too expensive, they will be used for plowing and/or pulling a cart.I dont think horses are that expensive.
I do like horses and enjoy riding, but to add a horse to my homestead I really had to weigh out the pros and cons. It is nice to have my "pretty" horse (finally), but the reality behind my choice of a TWH is that they were bred for long distance riding as well as working the farm. Really. The show thing is a result of their natural disposition. I wanted a horse because of the soil. We need fertilizer where we live and I will have a mixture of horse, goat, and chicken along with other straw, leaves, etc. I can use the horse manure to make logs (once the ashes are burned, we really do not need to put anything else into the ground- the burning creates a natural balance in Ph) in the summer (to burn during the winter) and in the winter I can compost for use in the early spring. We have thousands on acres to hunt and (IMHO) it would be easier to find game on a horse than blast through the terrain on a snow mobile or atv. We live in an area where free ranging is allowed, and I am sure my neighbors wouldn't mind my horses grazing their fields (after harvest). Its free compost for them too. Horses can be used to till, pack, ride, etc. and we dont have to go to the gas station to fill them up. If you have room to grow your own hay, that is a bonus! If you are also growing wheat and oat fields, it cant get any better. Work with your neighbors for bartering... my neighbor has a huge field for growing (10 acres) and the kids and I can certainly help if they will let us. Our horses can be secure in our 2.8 acres, and used to help with the field work for the greater good. We are moving to a place that only has 4-5 of us living there, so our situation may be different. If it makes sense and the benefits are greater than the drawbacks, then go for it.Would having a horse be a good investment for preparedness?