In my opinion, if you want the horses to be able to graze all summer, that won't be enough acreage. I'd clear more than that if you are allowed. At my old barn we put four horses on an acre and they had it plowed down in no time. As for the stumps...id get rid of em and get the pasture ready for good green grass. I would leave some trees so they will have plenty of shade. Me and my sister both have a horse so we split the cost of feed. In the winter we go through a bale of hay a day (its $4 a bale here) and 2 bags of feed/oats a week ($8 a bag). My sisters horse is a very easy keeper though. Plus don't forget...you have to have a farrier every 8 weeks or so...plus, they have to be dewormed regularly and vaccinations. Did I forget anything? This has just been my experience....you may get some better advice by people who have owned horses longer.
Alright, awesome! Thanks for replying! Sounds do-able! I think I would be able to do more land, but Im just not sure how much is needed. It will be a lot of work for me and my boyfriend to do! Also were doing our own fence. Oh, and our barn...
So in the spring, summer, and fall, when they have access to grass all the time, how much, if any hay would I have to feed them? and oats? I dont think much, right?
And ya, me and my boyfriend were talking yesterday about leaving a couple trees in there for them.
And yes, I sort of know about the farrier and deworming and vaccinations, Thanks! lol
So I always just thought that keeping a horse was SOOOO expensive! Looks like it isnt as bad as I thought it would be...I hope I'm right, lol.