Help with small farm planning... - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 1 Old 04-13-2010, 07:35 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Bristol, CT
Posts: 356
• Horses: 2
Question Help with small farm planning...

So I ended up putting in an offer on a house with about 5 acres. The barn, arena,and pasture ae going to definitely need some work. I need some advice on pasture planning, arena work, and barn repair.

Firstly, I have a large pasture area which takes up about 3 acres. I was going to section them off into three separate pasture areas to formulate a rotation of sorts. For the pasture area I was planning on using horseguard electric fence. I just need to figure out what I should use as posts. Pressure treated wood? I know that's a bit more expensive and hard to install but it might be worth it. I know I don't want to use the metal t-posts with tennis balls over them, lol. (that's what's out there now), and the wire mesh fence is in rough shape so I will be removing that. I will need to brush hog and remove 2-3 trees. The area has great drainage, but is there anything I can do to encourage even grass growth? It's like one side of the field is lush, and the other half (where the trees are) has a bit more weeds and spottier grass growth. Also, what should I do for gates? I don't want to use the horseguard gates.

Off the barn is a loafing shed where I plan on creating a decent sized dry paddock, for keeping the horses out of the field when it is crappy weather, to control the mud. This paddock will most likely be lined with wood chips or hog fuel, and horses that are sick, can't be on grass, etc.. can spend their time here. I don't know what type of fencing material to use, but I was thinking flex rail. Again, I don't know what posts to use, or if another option for fencing would be better.

Now for the arena. The arena is large, but it has not been maintained. The base looks good, a sand, crushed rock mix. The footing will need to be replaced. Will I have to redrag the base before I dump the footing? There are some areas where grass has regrown, so I'm thinking yes. I was thinking of using stone dust, or sand mixed with rubber. The arena is going to be fenced with vinyl. It is in direct view of the street so I want it to be aesthetically pleasing but functional.

The barn, oh my god, I have my work cut out for me. There are 4 stalls enclosed, and 2 partial stalls that close but are basically outside. The barn has a cement center aisle but the stalls are dirt-based. A great deal of the boards and the stall doors will need to be replaced. It looks like they tried to make repairs themselves, so everything is really poorly done in the way of haphazard boards and mis-matched temporary fix its. I need the opinion of someone that knows how to restore barns. Should I hire a contractor to give me an idea of how to go about fixing it up so that it is habitable for horses? The roof is new, has water and electric, but it is almost like everything else needs to be gutted and replaced. Who should I contact to help me?

I plan on composting the manure by building three tarp-covered wood-boxed compost heaps so I can compost in stages and turn them easily, with pvc pipes stuck in the middle to facilitate aeration. I will either give the compost away or spread it on the pasture a few times a year.

Any more idea on how I can make this a great place for horses to live? I have about 6 months to accomplish this. Thanks

Last edited by Seahorseys; 04-13-2010 at 07:39 AM.
Seahorseys is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
small farm Phantomcolt18 Barn Maintenance 1 02-26-2010 12:31 AM
OMG Please I need help planning a Show! BurningAmber520 Horse Shows 7 01-18-2010 11:47 PM
FB Applications--Farm Town/Farm Ville Spyder General Off Topic Discussion 32 12-08-2009 04:24 PM
Small Farm SeabiscuitMustang Farm Forum 3 09-23-2009 03:05 PM
Zion Farm- Equine Retirement Farm JSWiley Barn Maintenance 1 01-31-2009 02:24 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome