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post #11 of 21 Old 11-19-2011, 07:32 PM
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GH, that's because you are awfully lucky of having this gorgeous piece of land for your animals ...
Frankly, looking at your pictures, I can just droooool ... you have a gorgeous piece of land there :) Lucky you and Lucky your horses
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post #12 of 21 Old 11-20-2011, 12:39 PM
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I'm at 8 acres to the horse here
Where I live, if you drop 1 horse on 8 acres you would likely founder it during the spring.
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post #13 of 21 Old 11-20-2011, 12:45 PM
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That's the trouble, seeing as this board is global the only answer is all depends!
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post #14 of 21 Old 11-22-2011, 08:16 AM
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Our zoning laws say 1.5 acres for the first horse, 1/2 an acre for each additional horse.
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post #15 of 21 Old 12-15-2016, 12:43 PM
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Ive always been told 2 acres for the first horse and 1 acre per additional horse. But 1 acre per horse will do. It has a lot to do with the land itself though. Is it 1 acre of open pasture, is the soil very wet or very dry. Does nice grass grow, or is it weeds or bare. 1 acre can hold 4 horses but I feel like you will save money in the long run by extending your fence so that you aren't forced to pay so much on feed bill due to lack of food from being overgrazed.
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post #16 of 21 Old 12-15-2016, 12:47 PM
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Also, planting fall/winter grass and keeping them off of it for it to reseed is very beneficial. It's seems like a good bit of money to spend to not let them have immediately, but the following winter you will surely be glad you did .
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post #17 of 21 Old 12-16-2016, 07:49 PM
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I was always taught horses need atleast 5 acres per horse, that gives them plenty of room to run around.
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post #18 of 21 Old 12-16-2016, 09:09 PM
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The ideal space per horse and the minimums are two very different things. In a perfect world at least 1ac/horse. The place I board at keeps 3-5 horses in about 1/2 and acre overnight and during the day they are let out onto 5+ acre fields. All the horses are in 'get along' groups so it works out.

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I'm sorry, but I've been to places like you're talking about. Where there are 14 horses and about three acres. My horse was (briefly) boarded in one of those places. They end up being mud fests. I feel so sorry for the horses living there.

I understand the desire to have horses. I don't understand the desire to cram as many as possible in as tiny a space as possible.

I've only had horses at my place for about six months now. We have two horses and about 1,5 acres of pasture. I thought it would be, but it's not enough. I had to pull them off it early just to let it grow again by spring. Next year we will be fencing off 2 additional acres. So that will be 3.5 acres for two horses. And I think that will be just right.

I'm not talking about grazing. I'm happy to give them as much hay as they need. But what happens is they soil large areas of their small pasture. There is manure everywhere. Other than being a breeding ground for parasites, that manures obviously prevents the grass from growing. Then they walk in it and churn it into the ground. Before you know it, it's just mud. Once the roots of the grass die, that's it. Luckily, our pasture hasn't reached that point, but I've seen so many like that.

I think the one acre per horse is a bare minimum. I am actually aiming for much more.
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I'm sorry, but I've been to places like you're talking about. Where there are 14 horses and about three acres. My horse was (briefly) boarded in one of those places. They end up being mud fests. I feel so sorry for the horses living there.

I understand the desire to have horses. I don't understand the desire to cram as many as possible in as tiny a space as possible.

I've only had horses at my place for about six months now. We have two horses and about 1,5 acres of pasture. I thought it would be, but it's not enough. I had to pull them off it early just to let it grow again by spring. Next year we will be fencing off 2 additional acres. So that will be 3.5 acres for two horses. And I think that will be just right.

I'm not talking about grazing. I'm happy to give them as much hay as they need. But what happens is they soil large areas of their small pasture. There is manure everywhere. Other than being a breeding ground for parasites, that manures obviously prevents the grass from growing. Then they walk in it and churn it into the ground. Before you know it, it's just mud. Once the roots of the grass die, that's it. Luckily, our pasture hasn't reached that point, but I've seen so many like that.

I think the one acre per horse is a bare minimum. I am actually aiming for much more.
Are you cleaning the fields? Just curious.

I have 4.23 acres total and 3 horses. Probably 2 acres is fenced right now. In that, I have 2 large fields (1 for both mares and 1 for my gelding), 3 individual paddocks that are of ample size, my barn, and a small dressage arena sizes riding space. Horses are out 12-16 hours daily depending on season and weather.

I pick fields every other day and paddocks daily in the winter. The only mud problem I have is in my paddocks, but it dries quickly. They have grass from March to November and snub the hay I throw. In fact, it gets so thick and tall I end up mowing every 4-6 weeks and break out the muzzles to maintain weight lol.

All I've done is I applied lyme 3 years ago, seeded the year after, and I use a graze safe weed and feed in the spring. I do not drag or spread manure anywhere. It gets piled and removed once a year.
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