How Many Horses Per Acre?
What would you say is a good number of horses/acre? Currently we have four horses on about one acre, but they have free-choice hay year-round.
I've heard that some people say a good rule is one horse every one acre, but then again I've seen plenty of places that have much less than that with quite a few more horses. Does it really hurt to have this many horses on one acre? I take them out and work with them weekly, so they don't really just stay there. They have room to run plenty; obviously not for miles upon miles but a decent ammount.
We do have more land that we could plant and fence off, which I know we'll have too sooner or later. (Our pasture was overgrazed in late spring when we only had 2 horses, next spring it'll have to feed four.)
We have alot of land that is rented out to a farmer. The land is worth quite a bit, and it is worth more as farm land than it is for grazing. My father tells me that if I can figure out a plan to make money we might start boarding horses. (I know it is lots of work, I have been taking care of my own horses for years.) But that goal is far off, we'll wait till next year where we plan to build an indoor arena and a few stalls.
So what is the bare minimum for room? We are trying to set something up a little bit better. I am going to try rotational grazing to keep good pastures. We have a 3-sided barn for them to go into, but we are planning on moving that to a different part of our pasture. That means we'll have to do a huge switch. We gotta move our tack room, run a water line and the electricity over to the new spot. Big ordeal, so I think we'll do something new with the whole pasture-situation.
What is the minimum of space per horse?