We're now trying to sell our subdivision home to get some land, found a perfect home with 5 acres. It used to be pasture land by the looks of it, not a tree on the entire 5 acres. We would like to have 2-3 horses in about 3 years (want plenty of time to be around horses before committing) and have time to build a barn/stall structure as well as put up fencing. Before I commit, I'd like to know the prep work and potential costs involved.
1. Over a 3 year period can I build a good pasture for horses (we live in North Alabama)...the horses we're looking at would probably be walking horses (but not used for show, our instructor raises them and she has the best mannered horses I've ever seen..works with them from birth on)
2. Any recommendations for stall structures? Fences?
3. Do I need to plant trees for shade for the horses? It gets hot here in the summer. What trees would be good rubbing posts for them?
We homeschool our children, so we're looking at this as an arm of their education and a lifelong commitment...we don't go into this lightly and want to be as responsible as we can.
Thanks for any tips/pointers/suggestions you have.