I'll start with some background on my experience with horses. As a young teenager (in Arkansas), I got very "into" horses, and ended up with three (thanks, mom and dad!). I rode hunter-jumper and trail, and kept my horses on our property--I think the pasture area was about 3 acres, but was mostly wooded. I was the sole care-take of the horses for a few years, so I do have a good sense of what is involved. As I got older, other things became more important and we sold the horses.
Now I'm 31, married, living in Maine. I've been leasing an OTTB for a year at a stable 6 miles from my house, which has been wonderful, but, of course, I want a pony of my very own to trail ride around my house. We live in a very rural setting with lots of places to ride, and I'd love to have a horse to go play with every morning and hack around on. I'm thinking something very low-key, easy keeper, not "fancy," just a good, solid horse. And a companion pony, of course. But that's it, I swear. I do not wish to collect a whole herd.
This is a rough sketch of our .7 acre property.
(The yellow rectangles in the sacrifice area represent horses, the boxes are 3.5 x 8'.)
I'm going to try to post this now, because I want to see if the forum has some sort of minimum post count before you can post images. More info in the next post, if this works.