Sounds like you are wasting alot of space, all those little exclusions add up, Put the fence on or as close to the property line as you codes allow. Your plan has you excluding 1420 square feet of grass. If you are restricted to your land you can ride on the inside of a fence just as easy as the outside. If you can ride the adjoining lots you can open the gate and ride there also.
Why the 1.5 acre front yard ? All it is is grass that needs to be mowed, Sounds like more pasture space to me. Keep a small area for a backyard play, BBQ area, the rest can be pasture space.
Get some of those trees cut into firewood. More trees means less grass, Nothing wrong with a couple shade trees, or a line of poplars or junipers on the property line for privacy aqnd wind break, but sounds like alot of them should go.
More grass is always better. Price of hay adds up. Having enough grass to feed them makes a huge difference in the annual expense of keeping a horse.
After those changes are made you should have more than enough room for 2 horses, still rotate the fields in some way. Find out what kinda grass works best.
Personally I would never buy kids a pony. Ponies are not easier to handle. Even a small pony is way stronger than a child and most adults for that matter. I don't like ponies at all. They tend to be mean and stubborn and have severe cases of little man syndrome. Id look for an older dead head calm QH .
You make valid points. The property on either side is heavily treed. If we put our fence right on the property line, there is no riding on the outside of the fence. That would limit us to to the front 2 acres for riding space (that is once the other lots sell and are built on). For now, there is plenty of room to ride...but we are looking for years down the road as well.
Our plan is to uproot about 20 more trees. There is some really nice open grazing area back there, but there are also some places with far too many trees. If there was some way to post a google earth link to our property it would sure help me explain everything!
I totally get what you are saying about the front "yard". Our house sits approx 100 ft back from the road, the pool and swing set is right behind that. Currently, we mow all 5 acres. That in fact is a big reason hubby is so okay with getting 2 horses, cuts his mowing to less than half.
Now I am wondering if that would be the best way to split their pasture time? To give them 2 separate ones. Then comes the barn issue again...how to make that work.
We also need a dog yard for our 2 danes. That was going on the east side of the house. Has anyone ever done a "C" shaped pasture...wrapping around the house on 3 sides? That's what would end up happening.
Sorry for the rambling, but you are bringing up great points. The horse we are getting is 15 years old, 15.2 hands. She is as push button as they come. I worry about my 4 year old daughter on her though, that's a lot of horse for her. I know...my daughter will get bigger. Maybe horse #2 should be for hubby and I? Something a little younger / taller?
So much to think about.