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        10-03-2013, 07:12 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Endiku    
    so is this supposed to be a pasture or a dry lot? If its a pasture, 4 horses on 3 acres will turn the entire thing into a dry lot very quickly.
    1) With 4 horses, always have free choice hay, e.g. A roundbale. It will save your pasture from turning into mud.
    2) Some grasses are much more tolerant of foot traffic and short grazing. Around here, 4 horses on 3 acres of fescue w/hay is no problem at all.
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        10-03-2013, 07:28 PM
      #12
    Foal
    They will have a supply of hay, and yeah the grass here is really strong and even if it goes out, it grows back in a couple days or so. I think we will split the horses up into two different pastures (and possibly a smaller third one just in case) but we probably will just go with owning a pony and the boarder pony. At least for the most part.
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        12-10-2013, 09:16 PM
      #13
    Foal
    .. I'm guessing that we need at least 1.5 acres
         
        12-10-2013, 09:30 PM
      #14
    Foal
    ~80 meters on each side, correct me if I'm wrong, to house two horses
         
        12-11-2013, 01:50 PM
      #15
    Showing
    Always keep in mind that the horse and pony have room to run should a couple of dogs show up and go after them. 80 x 80 meters will do two. In spring as the ground thaws you'll need a smaller area to contain the horses otherwise their hooves will chew up the ground. I'm on clay so I know how that works. When the existing manure is thawing that is a good time to haul a drag behind an atv if you have one. A good drag is a old box spring with the cover burned off. The metal bracing across the bottom does a good job of scattering the manure.
         
        12-11-2013, 05:54 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Maybe we should have a gate that we can block off part of the field in the spring? Or should we just have another place completely
         
        12-15-2013, 08:17 PM
      #17
    Foal
    We have an awkward place that is reserved for a pasture...
    Is it okay if I try fitting in a 70x50 rectangle, with a lot of different sized rectangles and things that lead off it, possibly making a bit more than 1.5 acres?
         
        12-15-2013, 09:00 PM
      #18
    Started
    Yes that should work - from the horse's perspective more is always better. There's no rule that a pasture (or corral) has to be a perfect rectangle or square in shape - most people build them that way as that's the most efficient way to put up fencing. The only thing you would need to watch out for doing it this way is that you don't create areas that would act as a trap and keep a horse from being able to get away if it was bullied by the other horses.
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        12-28-2013, 08:48 PM
      #19
    Foal
    Actually there's a huge clearing right beside our (old) barn, I think that it would be much better to put the pasture there. We would just need to go out there and put gopher traps and fill in the holes and let them set before anything- it's a good thing that my brother likes doing that. I'm not sure if I have mentioned this but there's an awesome lesson pony at my stables, and I have ridden her for a whole and we have a strong bond. I told my mom that when it comes time to get a horse, I would like to get her, as she has the bes bond we me and we are most alike. She doesn't respond to many people which would be good because I would be basically the only one riding, plus she likes going at a slow pace which is perfect because although I can canter, I prefer to go a sitting slow trot or a walk. My papa says he will be putting up electric fencing, should I be doing a lot more research throughout these months to prepare, so in case my papa wants to get her late next year or summer of 2015 I can be prepared? I need to figure out all the information from this site and put it in my digital book that has everything on this journey. Since I am quite familiar with her, I know some of the things about her and such, I know that contributes a lot to what she needs in terms of food, tack and shoes and when she should be groomed. She would eat for hours so she will cut down a lot of grass so ill need a separate space for resting the pasture. Maybe having 3 acres if possible? (160mx160m) and splitting it in the middle so we can alternate, with two horses. In the spring should I just keep them in the pasture they weren't in in the winter? How long should I wait before alternating if there's two horses on 1.5 acres, or should I just have one large 2 or 3 acre area? To me 2.5 sounds like a decent size.. Wait. Now retreading it... 160x160 is just two acres? Darn! Ok then maybe just a smaller space somewhere else for the spring.. Or should just the 2 acres do? Or 2.5, AHHH!! This is just so confusing
         
        12-28-2013, 10:51 PM
      #20
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
    Always keep in mind that the horse and pony have room to run should a couple of dogs show up and go after them. 80 x 80 meters will do two. In spring as the ground thaws you'll need a smaller area to contain the horses otherwise their hooves will chew up the ground. I'm on clay so I know how that works. When the existing manure is thawing that is a good time to haul a drag behind an atv if you have one. A good drag is a old box spring with the cover burned off. The metal bracing across the bottom does a good job of scattering the manure.
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    Originally Posted by Chevaux    
    Yes that should work - from the horse's perspective more is always better. There's no rule that a pasture (or corral) has to be a perfect rectangle or square in shape - most people build them that way as that's the most efficient way to put up fencing. The only thing you would need to watch out for doing it this way is that you don't create areas that would act as a trap and keep a horse from being able to get away if it was bullied by the other horses.
    Is 1.7 acres okay?
    Maybe just keep the 80x80 but turn it into 90x90? Somehow I was trying to get a bigger area- and was probably doing it all wrong- but I did 180 meters x 180 and it was 1.7 acres when the 80x80 was 1.5
         

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