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post #11 of 14 Old 01-15-2011, 10:55 AM
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Great post, Saskia.

I also wanted to add this. You can keep a single horse on an acre, but doing it well and providing good care is both expensive and labor intensive. The more acreage, the less labor intensive and expensive it is. For example, on a smaller acreage, all your forage will have to be brought in and you'll probably have to supplement with concentrates. You will need to keep the horse off the paddock at least 50% of the time, which means buying bedding and mucking daily. You will also need to pick manure in the paddock, and fertilize and reseed the paddock regularly.

Larger acreage, the grazing replaces much of the purchased forage, horse can stay out 24/7 when the weather's fine so less purchased bedding and mucking, you can manage the paddocks by dragging and rotation and fertilizing and reseeding does not have to be as intensive.
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post #12 of 14 Old 01-15-2011, 11:08 AM
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Great advice from all the posters. When we were looking to buy/build, we found this book full of great tips. Lots of things I hadn't thought about. We used these ideas to design our barn, corrals, arena, pasture for turnout, pasture for sacrifice during bad weather, and hay/manure handling. Every once in a while we look at each other and say, "we really did a good job designing this!" because we've added a few steers and sheep and had old/sick horses that needed to be kept separately. Our design and layout of the land has been flexible enough to work well for us without smells and flies and other bad stuff happening. Good luck!
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post #13 of 14 Old 01-15-2011, 01:56 PM
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I've got 2 horses now on two acres. It is southern AZ desert, so no pasture. Their corral is L shaped, with the arms about 75 feet long, and width varying from 40-60 feet. A short walk away we have a riding area that is about 120x100, and the desert starts about 1/4 mile away.

The L shape seems to encourage walking more than a round one, and we can close two gates and create two corrals if needed. We had three horses, but one mare hated the gelding, and we ended up selling her. I'd guess feed runs me about $125-150/month for the two horses. Poop patrol is twice/day, but goes fast.

I'd love to have acres of grassland, but it ain't going to happen. More room is better, but a lot depends on the person. Time in the corral beats the snot out of watching TV or going to sports events, and feeding a horse isn't really that much compared to farriers, vets, etc. Still, my monthly bill for 2 horses averages perhaps $300, unless you count buying tack - and I know a LOT of folks who spend more than that on hobbies!

Oh...and my computer sits next to a window looking out at the horses. Beats looking at my neighbors!
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post #14 of 14 Old 01-16-2011, 10:11 PM
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I have been to barns where horses are in stalls 24/7 or dirt paddocks less than a 1/4 of acre and I am in BC. It doesn't appear that the any rules are inforced.

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