Originally Posted by mbender
Here's the one problem. Correct me if I'm wrong. When clearing out a bunch of trees and clearing the odds and ends, there is typically no grass. I know you plan on planting some grass in there but if you do that and throw a horse in there the grass has no time to really take hold. It will get trampled and eaten and you will waste your time, effort, and money planting. With the pasture only being 1/4 acre it will be a dirt paddock. What would be ideal is if you go ahead with your plans but save yourself the work and money for planting grass and maybe next spring after you get your horse, if you have more land, clear a decent area. Plant that with grass and let it sit for one year. The following spring you could have that as a nice area for your horse to eat grass. Just a thought. Good luck and don't worry too much about your plans not being what you want. For one, YOUR GETTING A HORSE! How exciting! Two, just think of the time you can spend hand walking and letting your horse eat grass. Three, the following year you will have the pasture ready for him/her and accomplished a great deal! Good luck and congratulations.
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Thanks to all that replied and yes it does make since everything you guys said. I have went to alot of peoples houses who have horses but the area in which they have them in is pretty much dirt. I will work on clearing off another area and planting some grass and letting it sit like you guys said. The area in which I have to clear though is alot of pines on it and even if I clear a section out of it, I'm sure some straws will fall into the area and probably prevent the grass from growing all that good. I will look over at all the posibilities and I guess over time have a few different options. If I did hand walk and let him eat grass, how long will I have to do that? Will it be about 30 mins to an hr or so? I can also probably tie him out different areas of the yard or my neighbors field and let him eat some of the grass as well.
I am using part of my neighbors field now to put my pasture but I don't want to get greedy and ask them to fence in there entire field to keep my horse lol; though they do live out of state in VA. I don't really know them all that well and just them letting me use some of the area as they are now im happy for. What I can do is tie the horse out of the pasture, outside of the fencing and let him graze sometimes too. I have some long rope, probably about 100 yards or better and it would probably be great to let him graze outside of the fence sometimes too. Maybe then after some time I can ask them if they want to let me use the rest of the field to keep it ate down so they don't have to plow or even if they want to sell the feild section of their land.