Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
I currently agist my horse on one acre (or probably a little under). Its not all pasture - its on a slope and there are a fair few trees, although I think this actually helps hold it all together rather than it turning into dust. The areas where she hangs out (the gate /shelter/water) are all dirt, but the rest of the paddock is okay, a little grazing but nothing substantial, enough to keep her occupied.
To be honest I am not a fan of this arrangement. I feel its too small, and she is kept alone (although with horses over the fence). I also like them getting most of their roughage from grazing. But it works. I'd actually prefer to be able to separate the paddock into two half acre blocks, and maybe switch them every week or so - not nearly as good as a full rotation system but I think it would be better.
So I think you can do it, I mean some people keep horses in stables virtually 24/7. Although looking at your pic, if the whole block is 1.5 acres, that back section looks to be half an acre, or 3/4 of an acre - which is pretty small.
If you want to do it, then go ahead, but you might actually find it works out easier and cheaper to board somewhere. If there is better feed, riding facilities, less work etc, sometimes keeping your horse elsewhere is the best option.