Ideal size acreage?
My husband and I are looking for a lot to purchase next year that we plan to put a house and a horse set-up on. I'm not sure how much land would be ideal... Obviously, there's the idea of "the bigger the better", but that also comes with a bigger price tag and more maintenance that I don't think we necessarily want or need. However, I do want it to be big enough for a permanent home that can grow with us.
Here's what we plan to do with it:
Medium manufactured home - probably in the range of 1500-2000 sq ft.
Small home/yard area (I'm thinking 1/4 acre tops)
3-4 stall horse barn with tie/saddling area, tack room, and 24 ft. Runs
Medium Round Pen
Pasture with shelters
Right now I have 2, possibly 3 horses. I may eventually take on 2-3 more horses, which might be mares I someday breed, but that's a VERY long shot. There's always the lure of boarding a few horses for extra income, but I may not want to ever take on that responsibility either.
Most of the acreages we're looking at are about 4-5 acres. I'm thinking this will be more than enough room for the 2-3 horses that I know I'll have (and with one acre per horse, my pasture should be self-sustaining!), and may even be enough for me to expand to a few more horses if I feed hay. I don't EVER anticipate having more than 10 horses on the property.
This will be our first time owning horses on our own property (though I grew up with 3 horses on 2 acres), so what are your thoughts on the size? What is your ideal horse property size? And is there anything I'm completely overlooking?