My two horses are kept in a 100 ft long pen with half of it being 30 feet wide and the other half 70 feet wide, but only in winter to preserve pasture. I have 20 acres, but only 2.5 acres of open land - the rest is heavily forested and I can't trust Candy in a temporary fence which is the only thing we can use as we are logging it in 5 years. And you can bet every inch of the 2.5 acres is used for grazing (except for the house and garden!) , including my lawn. We get a lot of rain, 50+ inches so they can only be kept in a gravelled area safely, and I am not graveling one of my pastures!
As I live in Cali, I see a lot of horses kept in less then ideal situations. The biggest horse boarding spot here has 200 horses on 5 acres. Horses are kept in box stalls with one window, and if they are lucky they are let out a 12 by 30 pen each day. Every horse is miserable. Casey goes crazy if I ride her there because of all the horses with vices and running around in their tiny pens. Another place turns horses out in 12by 30 pens as well. I went to the bay area for a horse show, amazing facility. The horses had stalls with 50 foot runs. You could turn them out in a 20 by 100 pen if you wanted, but no more than 1.5 hours, and every horse there was happy! I saw no cribbers, chewers, pacers, etc, and every horse was regularly exercised. I wouldn't mind boarding there if it wasn't 50 feet off the freeway. It is all about the facility and the surrounding horses!
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