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post #31 of 35 Old 01-12-2012, 07:22 AM
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I've got about an acre, and only kept my horse on it for about 6 weeks, and it was bare. I'd recommend a bit more land, at least then you can fence off portions to give the field a break if required. Saying all of this- I'm in Ireland, it even rains when it's sunny :) Our fields are always in muck, but this was just my experiance.
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post #32 of 35 Old 01-12-2012, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Cacowgirl,
Thanks for the post.
Yes I have seen some really steep pastures too, is it bad for the horse long term?????
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The facilities you want on your property is really the only consideration for whether flat or hilly would work for you. If you mostly just want a pen for the horse and nothing else, hilly is fine. If you want a fed shed, arena, round pen, turn outs and a barn......flatter is better. My property is flat as a pancake and I wish I had a couple of hills, the horses will self exercise a bit better in hilly terrain.

If you could post a picture of the property showing the boundaries and the slope, you might get more useful answers.
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post #34 of 35 Old 01-12-2012, 09:57 PM
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Yes, it's hard to know what you are seeing or thinking about. Some horses make their own hills & like to stand w/part of thier body higher, others like flat. That's why I suggested terracing, then there are choices for the animal. My corrals are fairly flat, but w/a little slope for good, natural drainage, & each horse will have at least 2 mats in their pens so they have dry clean areas to stand on. & hopefully to eat off when they spill.
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post #35 of 35 Old 01-13-2012, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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Cacowgirl: Thanks for your response, yes I read about the mats in the stables here, I hadn't heard of that before but think it's great idea and should help not smell up the stable as much.
I think slight slope for natural drainage is also good idea, thanks for the tips very much appreciated.

Dreamcatcher Arabians:That's good to know I didn"t think of the fitness aspect makes sense, yes I think I will have to rule this house out I sort of want some flat parts, I don't think I am going to be lucky enough to find house plus 2 acres and have the land hilly & flat :) I will have to start deciding whats more important.
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