Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Stroudsburg, Pa
Our guys are in a few different size paddocks on 2.25 acres. The biggest is probably about an acre, with a group of three and a group of two rotated on it. Then we have a 48'x72' pen/riding area that has anywhere from 2-6 minis in it. Another small pen that is maybe 15'x72', usually has 2 minis but occasionally 3. Both of those pens can be opened up to the barn to give more room if necessary. The smaller pen is maybe 35'x40', give or take. It's a bit odd shaped, and it has 2 minis in it. The smallest is about 15'x20', and it has one mini in it.
Our paddocks have little to no grass, so essentially dry lots. The horses get fed twice daily, and have had this routine for 15+ years. They used to be on straight sweet feed, but we have recently begun adding a 12% protein pellet(I forget the other ingredients/percentages), and our grain about 75/25 SF/pellets. They are given about 10lbs of hay per horse(5 lbs for the shetland, about 2 lbs each mini), per feeding. Never had an issue with colics, ulcers, bad attitudes, hot horses etc. that is associated with our routine. Is it ideal? No, absolutely not. But it has been tried and true for so long, that my grandmother is unwilling to make changes. I would prefer they were straight pasture kept, but there just isn't the room and our ground does not grow grass well, it is a slate base.