We are in a position to get 2 horses, we have about 3 acres that is zoned for 2 horses at our primary residence. We also have a weekend home that is a farm (no-working) that is about 100 acres, of course we can do whatever we like there. The land is all cleared except for hedgerows and has an old barn with stalls.
The 3 acres is where we will keep the horses most of the time and we will trailer them up home to ride on some weekends. I need advice on how to setup the pasture. 3/4 acre is woods--rustic never cleared and very wild, no paths. The property is longer than wider and the back length has a thick row of pines that belong to us as a privacy/windbreak. In front of the pines is a small orchard of about 15 trees, apple, pear, and white walnuts and chestnuts, and 2 huge grapevines. The rest is grassy but with lots of trees--white birches and pines.
We want to get rid of most of the lawn and only keep a small piece in front of the house.
Do we have to clear all the trees? I read that in the UK horses are allowed to graze in the orchards.
Thks for any info and feedback -