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post #1 of 7 Old 10-12-2009, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
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Fences, Space, and a Converted Shed

I'm moving to the country! My dream has come true!

(This excitement has triggered a rather long post. Beware.)

My granddad has about 3000 + areas, mostly pines, hardwoods, and dove fields. It's full of trails as well, and would be a most excellent place for horses!

There are a few problems though. First, the field we have next to the house is fairly small; maybe the size of a large backyard? (I'm terrible at judging how big things are since my eyes don't work well with depth.) I don't mind cleaning it out every few days, but I'm sure that the grass would be reduced to mud before long. Anything I could do about that? Would it work if I just kept the horse off of it doing the day/when it was wet and turned out at night?

On the side of the house, there is a lean-to shed that is (as roughly measured using a stick I judged to be about a foot long) 15x15. The roof is slanted to the side at about a 20 degree angle for a good ways until it drops all the way down. Wait... doesn't that mean it's not really a lean-to? *Shrug* Any tips on turning this into a stall? I already know I'm going to pull the wood off the inside and add thicker, better stuff. What about head clearance? Would that be an issue with a slanted roof?

For the last thing in this long and boring post, how many stands of wire do I need? (We're going to use an electric fence.) I'm scared about coyotes... They run wild around here...

Thanks for reading and dealing with a suburbanite's deranged excitement!
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-12-2009, 11:00 AM
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IT depends on the size of the horse. I use 3 strands of electric wire and I make 2 strands hot. the first 2 strands. I would recommend it to be hot for 2 reasons one it keeps the horses in and 2 it helps to keep most predators out. Coyotes are really only a problem if you have foals or minis. A horse adult is rather hard for them to take it down without a pack around.
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post #3 of 7 Old 10-12-2009, 11:00 AM
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I keep my 4 horses on a dry lot in the winter. I'm assuming the conditions will be the same as your small lot but year round. You will of course need to feed hay all year. We put ours on pasture in the summer.
We added some stuff called limestone screenings all over the lot a few years ago I think it was around 80 ton of the stuff and spread it in the main horse areas.
Its pretty cheap per ton around $2-3 here. Its getting it hauled in by dump trucks thats costly. It will last a long time if you don't have to scrape it off.
It really eliminates the mud problem.
I had more brought in this summer for the area where my round bale sits. It keeps it nice during wet weather and they aren't standing around in muck to eat.
I'll get a photo of it and add it.
As far as fence, go to TSC's web site. They have a great fence calculator and how to page. Tractor Supply Company - Install an Electric Fence


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post #4 of 7 Old 10-12-2009, 11:19 AM
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Here are the photos. Sorry its a cold misty rainy day here and I need to pick up poop.
I mound the limestone into a sort of hill under the hay bale so it drains better.
The others are of the lean to and water tanks. Thats the main mud problem areas.
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post #5 of 7 Old 10-12-2009, 11:26 AM
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Sorry to post so much, but you might look into those portable panels like those in the last photo. Rather than electric. you could move them around to control the grass consumption. I bought mine a few at a time every payday


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post #6 of 7 Old 10-12-2009, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
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Wow, thanks for all the advice and pictures, Vidaloco!

What are limestone screenings exactly? The word itself makes me think of little crushed rocks... Like pea gravel in limestone form?
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post #7 of 7 Old 10-12-2009, 12:23 PM
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I think its some sort of left over stuff from when they crush limestone for gravel. It comes in a larger pea size stuff but we get the screenings which is sand size and smaller, almost a dust. When it gets wet and packs down its almost like a concrete, but it drains well. They use it for gravel road beds I think.
You should contact a dirt hauler or gravel/rock quarry in your area to see whats available.
Your welcome on the photos, I love sharing this stuff Before we put the screenings down, it was boot sucking mud.


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