Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Stroudsburg, Pa
Honestly, for two horses you should be fine. We have 16(10 minis, 1 shetland FWIW) on 2.25 acres, and only about 1.75 is fenced, maybe a bit more. There is no grass, so they get hay. One pen is 48' x 72'. One is about an acre, one is about 1/2 and acre. Maybe 100' x 250'. Then we have a smaller pen, maybe 40' x 50'. The two larger ones get rotated between two groups, my two mares(paint and shetland) are one, and the geldings are one(appaloosa, Qh and haflinger). The stud colt get rotated in with my gelding every other day for some socialization, the others beat him up. The smaller pen(48' x 72') has anywhere from 4 to 6 minis in it, depending on who is turned out where. The smallest gets two minis maximum, and we rotate the two minis with my cousins colt and another colt(both go out separately). It is NOT ideal, but it works. Everybody has at least 12-14 hours of turnout, most have 24/7 turnout. The stud colt is possibly leaving, she's giving him away. Two, maybe four of the minis are for sale, and so is the haflinger.
So it IS doable, though not ideal. Two of the minis and the stud were dumped on us. They belonged to a neighbor, and kept getting out. We caught them, walked them to their home, and the owners said "keep them or they'll be shot". So we kept them.