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    06-24-2011, 08:13 PM
  #11
Green Broke
My sister-in-law lives on 2 1/2 acres that has 2 houses, multiple 12x12 sheds (6 I think?), a large lean-to shelter (about 10x40, used only for storage) and a small barn that consists of two 12x12 stalls and a teeny feed room in between.

The setup is great for 2 horses. The houses are at the very front of the property, the lean-to for storage is in the rear and next to it is the barn. She has 3 pastures and the barn is connected to two very large runs.

In order to have some grazing, the arena is unfenced and in the middle of the largest pasture. In the Spring, everything turns into a muddy, sloppy, yucky mess, so no riding or turnout for the most part to keep from destroying everything, but other than that, it works out.

She feeds the horses year round, there is grazing but not enough to count as "food" for the most part, except a month, maybe two when the grass goes nuts and she can cut everyone back to half the normal hay ration.

She spreads the manure daily over the pastures. Just fills a wheelbarrow, then dumps it in a spot and spreads it around with the fork.

It works for her, not ideal IMO as in Spring my horse was literally standing up to her knees in mud and I was up to my waist practically. It's insanely dry here other than the first bit of Spring when all the snow melts or spreading manure wouldn't work as it would attract flies. I decided to move my horse elsewhere.
     
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    08-05-2011, 01:08 AM
  #12
Foal
I know a good many people who have two acres of good pasture, with a little barn and house attached. They keep their horses at a competition facility but bring their horses home for breaks and rests etc or if they get hurt and need constant care. It works out very well for them. That way the horses get a 'work and show' barn and a 'vacation home' sort of thing.
     
    08-14-2011, 08:11 PM
  #13
Trained
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Originally Posted by be patient    

After consideration, I will still be putting up amenities for my horses to "visit" or stay-over at our property, esp. When I take my w/end trail rides. But I have chose that for most of the time, to continue to have them boarded at the stables which is only four miles away. Either way, it gives me the opportunity to keep them on hand at intervals during summer months or in case Lane (my horse in my profile photo) needs TLC. My board is only $250.00 per month and well worth it I suppose.

Is this a crazy notion or what? Has anyone else done this?
If so pls. Share!!!
Those are my future plans. Just to have enough land where I can bring my guy home if he ever becomes a pasture ornament or needs an injury layup. I'd probably do it part time too and board during the off season to get both a break and the use of indoor riding facilities. I like your plans a lot. Especially in a situation like yours where your boarding barn is so affordable and only 4 miles down the road. Definitely get that book, "horsekeeping on small acreage". It's got some great ideas. Congrats on you new land!
     
    08-16-2011, 12:29 PM
  #14
Weanling
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Originally Posted by be patient    
Well we purchased the two acres! We tried for the larger parcel of 6, but the owners wouldn't come down enough on their asking price.

After consideration, I will still be putting up amenities for my horses to "visit" or stay-over at our property, esp. When I take my w/end trail rides. But I have chose that for most of the time, to continue to have them boarded at the stables which is only four miles away. Either way, it gives me the opportunity to keep them on hand at intervals during summer months or in case Lane (my horse in my profile photo) needs TLC. My board is only $250.00 per month and well worth it I suppose.

Is this a crazy notion or what? Has anyone else done this?
If so pls. Share!!!
I think this is an awesome idea! By doing this, you'd save your property and keep it from turning into a mud bowl, but you'd have the option to have your horses at home at any time. What a great compromise!
     
    08-24-2011, 11:02 PM
  #15
Foal
I live on two 2 acres with 2 horses and a 3 stall barn, and a round pen. We have it divided into 3 pastures. Its not a mud farm at all.
At one time we had 5 horses on it, but one came back and forth from a boarding barn. It worked out really well because 4 out the 5 were either retired or trail horses so every other day we would just trade out who was on pasture. And if we wanted to give the pasture a rest we would put the 2 trail horses in the round pen, and the retired ones in the stalls, and the show on either in the extra stall or at the boarding barn.
     

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