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    01-13-2013, 10:14 AM
IMO, with 1.5 acres, you will need to be feeding hay year round. You'll also need a way to dispose of manure, as the area is too small to just have it decompose where it sits or to harrow. So, yes, you can do it, be it will be relatively expensive and a lot of maintenence/manure picking.

The suggestions for a shelter, a sacrifice area and dividing the area are all spot on.

Do also think about where you're going to ride.
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    01-13-2013, 07:49 PM
I think it looks lovely! You will surely need to feed hay; I would consider the grass just a way to keep your horse happy and amused, not real food. But the area looks great. Definitely check out Pasture Paradise for some good ideas on managing the turnout area. Have fun and good luck!
    01-13-2013, 08:35 PM
Where in Queensland are you? I lived up there for a substantial part of my life everywhere from Charters Towers/Pentland, Backwater/Rockhampton, Alpha/Aramac area, and down around Roma and it was generally pretty decent for horses. When I lived up in the Territory in the real tropical parts we needed to feed mineral supplements, but I never found the parts of QLD I lived in to be like that much. As for feed, well you just have to watch it I guess, if you are getting enough rain (and according to my uncle near Rockhampton they haven’t had enough this year) you should have enough feed. Talk to the people around there and see what the stocking rate is in an average year, and a bad year, ask them about the mineral content and see if they feed horses or cattle lick. Just fence it in, make sure you have a good secure water supply and it should be fine. If there’s enough grass in the paddock you shouldn’t have to feed the horse hay; hell the only time my work horses got fed was after a day’s work, and they were big days sometimes, most people I have seen overfeed their horses.
    01-13-2013, 11:28 PM
Originally Posted by tim62988    
how much does the river come up when it floods? I would make sure to split the pasture into 2 so when the river comes up you can keep your horse in the upper section till the water is down and you can check fences
Do you see the house on ontop of the hill in one of the pictures? I came 2 meters from that so the whole paddock would be flooded. I'm not worried about that, when it floods we evactuate to my cousins house and she has paddocks and stuff so I can/could keep the horse there. I live in Ipswich. I would ride around the paddock, our next door neighbour has a few trails on his land that connects everyone on the street together, and sometimes boys ride there dirtbikes on it. I would ride there, I just have to make sure the boys aren't on their bikes. There are also some, fields and a few trails near my house I would ride on.
    01-14-2013, 07:16 PM
Green Broke
In CA many horses are kept in a 24x24 pen, & w/the rising costs there- even that is a luxury as more pens are measuring 12x24! Of course, they get hay & many rarely see grass.

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