Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
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!