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        11-07-2011, 04:15 PM
      #11
    Foal
    I'm thinking 5 to 10 acre pastures. This is all in theory right now. We haven't made any sort of serious move towards actually doing this. I like the idea of not stalling (except for medical and quarintine), and would like pasture boarding to be my preference. Probably simple electric fence like or something strong, not vinyl or barbed wire. 2-3 round bales per pasture. We would live on sight.

    Thank you all for your input! Keep it coming!
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        11-07-2011, 04:18 PM
      #12
    Foal
    I forgot to say, we would probably be on 20-40 acres (hopefully 40!)
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        11-07-2011, 04:20 PM
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    Foal
    I would think that that the arena, stalls, tack, house, office, round pens, and outdoor arena would take up about 10 acres. Reasonable?
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        11-07-2011, 04:29 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by GoldSahara    
    I would think that that the arena, stalls, tack, house, office, round pens, and outdoor arena would take up about 10 acres. Reasonable?
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    Tee-hee, I sense someone is very excited to be thinking of the prospect of designing their own horsey paradise

    I would be too!

    10 acres seems very reasonable, it will depend on the topography of the property somewhat, how much clearing you do/don't need to do and the size of your stall/barn arrangement. You could probably do it comfortably on five acres since it is most user friendly to have the stalls, tack room, wash rack, office, arena and round pen reasonably close to each other.

    How close you want YOUR living quarters to all that activity is a matter of personal preference!
         
        11-07-2011, 04:36 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by GoldSahara    
    I would think that that the arena, stalls, tack, house, office, round pens, and outdoor arena would take up about 10 acres. Reasonable?
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    Get some graph paper and draw it out. I've done this many times and it's fun!

    Don't forget your driveway and parking for clients, hay storage and parking for trailers.

    Ensure you keep your personal space (house and yard) separate and private.
         
        11-07-2011, 04:37 PM
      #16
    Foal
    You caught me! Yes I am excited at the idea!

    Luckily Oklahoma is pretty much flat, so I could have everything pretty close. I would want my home a distance away. Still close to the horses but having a separate driveway.

    I really REALLY hope we won't get over our heads if we decide to do this!
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        11-07-2011, 04:40 PM
      #17
    Foal
    Awesome advice everyone! Now for a fun question: is there anything you would like to see offered in a boarding facility that you don't usually see? Imaginations go wild!
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        11-07-2011, 06:57 PM
      #18
    Green Broke
    Put up a very sturdy perimeter fence, then you can divide the interior with t posts and electric poly cord. The indoor arena would be great. You could divide 2-3 acre fields self service. If people want a stall or shelter put one up. You could have a couple fields with run ins already. In your leasees agree to provide water only. Let the owners worry about food and hay salt, Bringing a prefab shed for tack etc. that's exactly what my place does when I am gone. I pay extra for food and hay and I bring my own over. But it works for me. I board 2 weeks home 2 weeks, so its a good deal my horse gets his own small field other horses are nearby but I don't have to worry about the biting and kicking. A self service facility depends on your area. If you are in a pretty good sized population area with most of your boarders within a 15 miute drive it could work. If you are out in BFE your going to have to be providing more full service care.
         
        11-07-2011, 07:02 PM
      #19
    Foal
    I like the t posts and cord. Easy to move for rotating. I doubt I could get a close enough place for self service. In Oklahoma most people have to drive 30-45 minutes to their boarding stables because everything is really spread out. Perhaps they could provide their own feed and I could give it.
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        11-07-2011, 07:24 PM
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    Green Broke
    Each boarder would get a can, They should provide there own feed, AND there own scoop of the right size that one full scoop is what they get. If you make your individual pastures pie shaped with a feed shed in the center, all the horses would come to one general area at feed time
         

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