I don't think anyone yet mentioned the book Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage
by Cherry Hill- it has lots of examples of how to lay out varying acreage and fit in all the essentials and you can find it inexpensively used on Amazon
. About 6 months ago, we moved to a 5.5 acre property, and I found this book extremely useful for thinking about options for layout. Unfortunately, most of our property is wooded, so we've got a lot of work to do before I can consider bringing my horse home (plus I'm really spoiled by a great boarding facility).
For all the people sharing their great suggestions for having horses at home on this size property- what are you doing for riding space? That's the one piece of my layout I'm having trouble wrapping my head around. I could see a nice, though short, trail loop cut through the woods. But because our property is very hilly, I can't see an opportunity to dedicate any ring space. Do you all mostly use your fields? Work with neighbors to create bigger trail space?