Hi all! I have been lurking around the forum, absorbing all I can. I have posted about feeding a new (to us) horse we are looking to bring up in a couple of months. We are working on getting everything ready for her now. So, I have a couple of general "what do we need, is our set up okay" questions.
1. We live on 5 acres, half of it is wooded but we have cleared it to the point of being able to mow it all. We also have worked for 3 years trimming trees so there are no branches hanging lower than 6 to 8 feet. The back, where our 15year old QH will be is approx 3 acres. Her lot runs about 250 feet wide and about 460 feet deep. Its a nice mix of trees and open area, grass, weeds, clover. Does this sound adequate for her? I can post a pic if you like.
2. We have the rest of the 5 acres (minus the house and the pool) to ride her on. We are keeping her fence 15 to 20 feet inside our property line so we can ride her around the entire perimeter, as well as at least 1 to 1.5 acres of open "yard" in front of the house. Our 5 acres is flanked on both sides by another 5 (15 total) that are still for sale. We walk our danes on all 15 all the time, it would be awsome for trail rides! Does that sound adequate? If/when those lots sell, and we are just down to our 5, what about riding her on the solid surface road? We live outside of town, very little traffic, but she will be the first horse out here.
3. We are toying with the idea of getting the kids a pony (or very small horse). We have an 11 year old boy and 4 year old girl. I would really like to get them a horse / pony they can handle better on their own. Do you think the pasture would support both the QH and another okay? We will be feeding free choice hay, a ration balancer, pasture (of course) and some grain in the winter (the QH is a bit heavy right now). And of course clean water at all times. We are going to build a 3 sided walk in shelter for them, 20 x 25 I think.
So...what do you all think so far? I have more questions...but I wont over load this just yet.