Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The Bluegrass State
I'm really sorry, but I have to agree with the negative side of the posters.
The fact of the matter is, horses were born and built to be on very open spaces, with plenty of grazing, company, and room to run. While you may be able to cart him to pony club once a week, he won't be able to do much running about in between. I can tell you from looking out my window, horses tend to run about and be crazy more than just once a week. I'm afraid you'd have a BIG ball of energy to ride once a week, and he might just become too much to handle.
Not to mention the fact that you really couldn't keep two horses on that lot. While you could probably get a little Shetland to keep him company, you'd still have another mouth to feed and that would be even more costly than you're already looking at. Plus 4 more hooves to tromp down the ground.
I have three horses on seven acres, and I couldn't imagine having more than 4 horses on that amount of acreage. Simply because, considering we live in KY, it would downright ruin the fields. We get plenty of rain, and the three I have now manage to get it choppy. Of course, it's DEFINITELY not MUDDY, but It's not beautiful either. The 3 I have now also manage to graze those fields pretty hard. I don't have to muck my pastures though. The horses come in at night and go out during the day in the winter, and vice versa in the summer. This is to both preserve the fields and so that they can eat and sleep in a nice warm area. I baby mine :p
Another member suggested the price of feed being high. This is the one spot I can actually advocate for you - if you insist on keeping your horse at home instead of boarding, PLEASE do yourself a favor and just get a round bale. The round bale lasts my babies a month eating on it only while in the barn. I don't even get square bales anymore because it's simply too expensive. We can get a NICE quality round bale (The guy we get it from also does square from the same field of grass) for $25. That will take care of your forage needs for at least 2 weeks if your horse is eating on it full time. Also takes care of storage, you won't need it. Just buy another round when you need it.
In this case of having little to no land, I would just build a run-in shed for your horse. You can't put a whole barn on that land, you'd have a 1/4 of an acre left of field, and that is **NOT** enough to keep a horse on.
So all in all, I think you should consider boarding. It would be a much better option for both you and the horse. If boarding isn't an option at all, then I hope I've provided some ideas to manage with the space you have. Best of luck!
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