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!