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    05-26-2012, 04:48 AM
Help Designing Paddocks

I'm most likely moving to a small acreage where I can keep my horse. I will be staying in my own cabin (seperate from the main house) and am designated as livestock containment designer for the place by the land owner. The paddocks/pastures will be shared by my horse and one dairy cow. There is no cross-fencing yet, a nice blank slate!

I'm attaching the picture of the plans I have (so far) come up with- if anything doesn't make sense please don't hesitate to ask for clarification!


Here is also a more detailed diagram of the barn/outbuilding- I'm open to suggestions on that too. At this point I'm thinking it may be best to scale down the stall, as it won't be used often.


I'll also attach a picture of the type of fencing I'm wanting to use, and from what I've read this may be the best for a mix of species?

want this fence.jpg

Thanks in advance!
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    05-26-2012, 05:47 AM
Also, I'm thinking maybe it may be best to divide the dry lot?? From what I've read, it really depends on how the horse and cow get along together, in deciding if they can actually share a space, not just a fenceline.
Ths really is only half thought out at this point. I was intially thinking the horse and cow would share a paddock at a time, and that I would leave free access to the dry lot, but if I'm pasturing them seperately, then I would need to decide if they need to be seperate all the time or if they could share space when it's raining, and in the winter?
So yes, advice would be good. I'm about ready to start manually removing my hair.
    05-26-2012, 11:41 AM
From what I've seen cows and horses get along nicely (people in my area keep both species together and usually on same pasture). I really like the way you divide it, because you can rotate pastures then. My only suggestion if there is a chance you'll look into one more horse, may be you want to build 2 stalls rather than one.
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    05-26-2012, 01:45 PM
Most important the run in shed or other shelter should be accessable from every pasture. I would have the drylot off the stall so that horse could go in and out and have shelter
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    05-26-2012, 02:29 PM
I really like what you have so far. I agree with the other posters, cows and horses usually get along ok. Assuming they get along well, I would just have them have access to one pasture and the dry lot and run in. Good luck!!
    05-26-2012, 09:23 PM
Provided you can pasture them together, the dry lot is a great place for your water source. Love your plan. Designing like this is something I enjoy. You did a great job!
    05-26-2012, 11:35 PM
Provided that the horse and cow get along, my plan was to allow them access to the dry lot/shelter/water source from all paddocks. Make sense? I hope they agree with each other!
Does anybody have any comments about the fencing ideas?
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    05-27-2012, 10:37 AM
Originally Posted by aspin231    
Does anybody have any comments about the fencing ideas?
The fence you posted is OK (especially if you plan on keeping goats), but I wonder how expensive it is. And BTW, some cows have nasty habit jumping over the fences (I've seen it, and have to say they are amazing in clearing out fences from stand still).
    05-27-2012, 11:26 AM
Originally Posted by aspin231    
Provided that the horse and cow get along, my plan was to allow them access to the dry lot/shelter/water source from all paddocks. Make sense? I hope they agree with each other!
Does anybody have any comments about the fencing ideas?
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No by your drawing that doesn't make sense. The only reason to have a paddock is so the horses can't go in the pasture, So if the pasture horses need access to run in you couldn't really use the paddock to keep a horse seperated as you have it drawn.
    05-27-2012, 11:28 AM
I just noticed how small your pastures are. I would just make 2 pastures and rotate or 1 large one and suppliment with hay when needed. You really need 2 acres per horse and I would guess a cow is about the same so I doubt that they will have enough forage and still need hay.

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