Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Houston area, Texas
Congratulations on working toward your dream of owning a horse!
I have kept horses everywhere from California to Texas, in spaces large and small, dry and fertile, and so on. Others have hit on the workload aspect, but I would recommend also stepping through some of the logistics of getting your horse out to ride - trailering can be a bear, and more work than you think to do on a regular basis; not all horses thrive with frequent trailering. Also, you will need to be comfortable and safe when hauling, and have the appropriate insurance. As others have noted, my experience has been that horses always do better with company - they are herd animals. What is the plan for care when you are sick, or if the horse is injured or ill? Do you have a good vet, farrier, etc.? A reputable boarding establishment will have these contacts, and costs can be reduced when farm calls are split. Can you keep your horse safe from neighborhood children and possible pranksters? If you intend to focus on training your horse, how will you longe, complete ground work, and similar training, in your space? Can you afford to put up the appropriate shelter?
You might consider boarding your horse nearby as you get to know him or her and get your own area set up. Any way you slice it, a small space is in no way ideal, but it can be done. In addition to your own workload and horse handling experience, your horse's personality and personal history will play a large part in determining whether your property is a safe and happy environment. Best of luck!
Jan Shultis xenahorse.com
Know yourself. Know your horse. Ride with joy.
Last edited by AllXenasHorsesLLC; 11-04-2013 at 11:14 AM.
Reason: could talk your ear off, and as usual, thought of something to add as soon as I hit "post"