Ever since I was a little girl I've always wanted a horse. (What little girl doesn't ask for a pony at least once in her life?) I've worked with a few and ridden a few and I really, really enjoy doing it. Now that I'm not a little girl anymore and can stand on my own two feet, I'd like to start getting things set up so perhaps in a few years time I can finally make my little girl dream a reality and get my own horse.
I don't want to compete or show or anything...I just want an older gelding pleasure horse with a stable, easy going temperment. I think the most strenous activity I'll do will be trail riding. LOL
I most definitally can not afford to board a horse. I just don't have, nor will have, an extra $400 a month floating around. So I started thinking..."Why pay to board a horse when we have seven acres just sitting around not doing anything?"
Unfortunately, said acerage isn't fenced so we would have to start from scratch.
So. I need to know the basics of getting a pasture set up for a horse, since that is the first step. Our property plot is like a square, with our three acres of yard being in the right hand bottom corner and then we have a field in the upper right corner and the left side of the square. It is roughly seven acres.
Right now, it is an alfalfa/grass/clover mixture. The alfalfa was planted, the grass and clover have snuck in over time. Our neighbor maintains it and harvests the hay for his cows.
The horse(s) would be out on it year round, as we don't have a barn. A pasture with a shelter from the elements is as good as it is going to get.
So a few questions:
1.) What fencing is the best and cheapest? I'd prefer something other than electric (simply because I hate having to avoid the fence), but I really don't care as long as it is durable, hardy, cheap, and safe for everyone involved.
2.) How much acerage should be used as the pasture? (Either as one big thing, or split into lots for rotation purposes.)
- On a side note: I know I will have only one horse, but since horses are herd animals there will need to be something else. So the pasture will need to support at least one horse and either a mini donkey, a mini horse, or some goats.
3.) If the horse it out at pasture the entire time, I'm assuming no supplemental feeding will be needed until winter starts up and grazing becomes poor?
Once I have these questions answered I'll move on to my next set...but these need to be resolved first so I can get all my eggs in one basket. LOL