Originally Posted by Jalter
I also don't completely agree with this. Not everyone who loves horses can afford a 100 acre home. I'm asking about the smallest a horse can comfortably live in, not "what is cheap and barely acceptable" haha. The horse does need to be comfortable, I agree with that, but a ton of space doesn't seem to be nessesary unless pasture is its only food sourse.
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So much of the east coast is heavily trees that open land comes at a price, we are fortunate in having acreage that's actual grassland and even then its not a lot (just over 9 acres) compared to the open spaces in other parts of the country but I come from a country where it costs a lot of money to have grazing land so I'm used to keeping horses on small areas and managing those areas and the horses on them
There are some big barns around us that actually do have a lot of land but still keep the horses in small individual turn out pens (I can't call them paddocks either because its not what I think of as a paddock)
What you need to do is make sure the horses have sufficient fiber all the time to avoid dietary problems like colic and enough exercise and attention to keep their muscles and joints healthy and their minds stimulated
The British army and police horses are stabled 24/7 but they get a LOT of attention and work