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post #1 of 12 Old 09-16-2020, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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1 Acre Horse Property Layout Suggestions

Hello all! Newbie here :) Would love your feedback on the best layout for my 1 acre property that includes my house. Attaching a picture of my survey so you can see the current layout.

- Currently there's fencing around the pool where you see the blue lines (simple board wooden fence)
- There's a wooden post fence along the northwest (by the road) and north ends of the lot, but not along the boundary line closest to the pool
- No portable barn anymore
- Covered area is still there

I feel like the front of the house has so much area that could be utilized, but I am not sure how that looks/works. Any recommendations for how I should fence the rest of the property to maximize the horse area?

Open to all feedback!!

Thanks!

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post #2 of 12 Old 09-16-2020, 03:44 PM
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Well, my way of thinking is that 1 acre, some of which is taken with buildings and a pond, is NOT enough to keep a horse on.

If you have wet weather then the ground will become a quagmire au grass will,soon be grazed down to the roots and your horse will not have room tomexercise properly so, would need to be ridden every day to be kept healthy.

Others may disagree.
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post #3 of 12 Old 09-16-2020, 04:06 PM
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Well, my way of thinking is that 1 acre, some of which is taken with buildings and a pond, is NOT enough to keep a horse on.

If you have wet weather then the ground will become a quagmire au grass will,soon be grazed down to the roots and your horse will not have room tomexercise properly so, would need to be ridden every day to be kept healthy.

Others may disagree.
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We're in Virginia with good land and pasture. I've always heard the rule of thumb here is about 2 acres per horse or cow. Personally I think that's not enough.
(Some people live in a 400 sq ft apartment). I like the idea of having a few pastures.
The lot pictured isn't quite an acre but just over 40K sq.ft. Then if you subtract your house+pool area+landscaping+driveway you may end up with 1/2 acre for the horse.
Is it possible to but adjacent property (best), or something not far away?
What you have just wouldn't work out as I see it.

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When I was a kid growing up in MD, we had an acre and a third and a horse. The house took up some of that land, but the horse grazed everywhere. The horse was my life and I spent lots and LOTS of time with him. We fertilized and fed hay and we did fine.

As an adult, I bought another piece of land in Bowie, MD which was again, an acre and a third with the house using up the third. I let the horse graze in the yard. I built pens and limited the horse grazing to keep my pasture lush and healthy. My horses always did fine. It can be done. Maybe not ideal, but it was all I could afford, and I made it work. Also, I spent great amounts of time with my horses . . . and I picked my pasture for manure every day.
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Well, my way of thinking is that 1 acre, some of which is taken with buildings and a pond, is NOT enough to keep a horse on.

If you have wet weather then the ground will become a quagmire au grass will,soon be grazed down to the roots and your horse will not have room tomexercise properly so, would need to be ridden every day to be kept healthy.

Others may disagree.
Whoops, I should've clarified this is not her area to exercise, nor is it the only area available. We will be riding outside of the lot daily and training at a local center. Luckily where I am located in Texas we can ride out from the house.
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You have adequate space to keep a horse at home...
Can it graze and sustain itself nutritionally on that size acreage...no.
If you go into keeping the horse at home knowing from the first day you will need to supply hay every single day to feed the horse, then this works.
Fence and keep your grass areas for specific periods of time if you want the horse to have grass cause honestly your property is to small to let a horse graze non-stop and not make a dust-bowl in a matter of a week or two of continuous grazing free-choice.
A few hours a day is fine and rotate where the horse eats will work...pasture management of good manure pickup is mandatory cause horses don't eat where they poop and not every blade of grass do our picky-eaters consume either...
But you have plenty of space to keep the horse home in a paddock where they can self exercise if they wish, wander around and be a horse...
You just need to feed them hay or forage products and if feed is needed, then do so.
Riding off the property to train, get instruction and such is fantastic as it allows you space to not need a exercise ring for...
Just another way to look at your situation.
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When I was a kid growing up in MD, we had an acre and a third and a horse. The house took up some of that land, but the horse grazed everywhere. The horse was my life and I spent lots and LOTS of time with him. We fertilized and fed hay and we did fine.

As an adult, I bought another piece of land in Bowie, MD which was again, an acre and a third with the house using up the third. I let the horse graze in the yard. I built pens and limited the horse grazing to keep my pasture lush and healthy. My horses always did fine. It can be done. Maybe not ideal, but it was all I could afford, and I made it work. Also, I spent great amounts of time with my horses . . . and I picked my pasture for manure every day.
Thank you for this! I know it’s doable and wanted to hear others experience. I am fortunate to be home everyday, so the attention and manure tending will not ever be a problem. I just wanted to raise my boys with a horse on some land because that’s what I dreamed of. I hope our mini farmhouse life can provide similar memories to our boys like you had!
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An option on a small acre property like this is to create a track for the horse(s) to follow in order to eat from hay bags.

From https://equusmagazine.com/horse-care...-problem-30683

"At some small farms, a perimeter track within a paddock is used to encourage horses to be more active. By placing hay and water at various “stations” along the track, horses are encouraged to keep moving, even though the actual distance might be limited. You can even create various surfaces along the track, sand in sunny spots for lying down and resting, pea gravel for better hoof quality or little log jumps to make things interesting. It’s a little like designing a playscape for your horse."


I worked for a woman who had a set-up like this for her two horses, and I believe I would hang 6-8 haybags out for both of her horses around the perimeter of her pasture.
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I have just over an acre my house and small barn. The horses have the majority of the property, so a huge corral. The sides of the small barn (used for hay and tack storage) are the walls for run in sheds on both sides of the barn. I feed with hay nets and the horses roam around the lot at free will. I have put gravel down inside the run in sheds to keep them out of the mud. I ride as often as I can given the fact that I usually work 6 days a week 50+ hours per week. I also feed a supplement to be sure they are getting all the nutrients they need.
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