Ok, I am actually a little nervous to post this for some reason... you guys are usually pretty nice
Anyways, last year I moved my gelding from my parents home one town over to my in-laws a few blocks away. This move certainly has some pros and cons. He had about 6 1/2 acres of grazing space at my parents and has now downgraded to less than 1/3 of an acre. BUT I now can walk from our apartment to go ride and feed and whatnot and I am a lot happier having him, and now my mini close. I now ride 1-2 times at least a week during the summer and it's wonderful! He has gained weight since being alone and is no longer pushed around and off of feed. I'm also learning for myself the ins and outs of pasture management. I did a TON better this year than I did last year.
I'm still not completely happy with the layout I have now though. I've been wanting to build a Pasture Paradise and always just thought I would save that for when my hubby and I finally have our own property. But I am now thinking it might be beneficial to do, for the health of the horse (and to maybe relieve an itch in me
Now, this is a fresh thought... pretty much a day in the making. I tried bouncing it off my hubby. Don't know why I tried that because I pretty much knew what the answer would be... "What ever you wanna do."
So I am now bouncing off of you guys. 2016-09-13 10.16.17.jpg
This first picture is my current layout. I hope it's pretty self explanatory. It worked pretty well as far as keeping some grass nice for him to graze. The red x's are gates. The large pink X isn't really a gate, but a part of the fence that can be easily taken down for vehicles to bring hay in. The horses are labeled but hard to see... they're there for size reference. (Duggan isn't really Duggan, I had to steal a neighboring horse so I could visualize haha he must have been chilling under the tree) 2016-09-13 10.14.48.jpg
ANYWAYS... Here is what I would like to do as far as a track goes... I think I would be ok with sacrificing that outside edge grass, as it really doesn't grow well there anyways. There's a few spots within that come in good, but for the most part it's kind of blah. I have wanted to add Pea Gravel by that entry gate anyways as it gets slick there, so that works out. I want to add logs, just so there's a difference in terrain. The new neighbors next-door aren't horsey people and are tearing up their paddock (stab in the heart for me, it was so nice), and I would like to try and get the sand from that and put in as you can see.. but I'm not sure. And as you can also see, I was thinking of maybe putting more Pea Gravel by the stall entrances, just to keep mud down.
I also can't quite decide if I would split the grazing down the middle, or leave it one big thing and just limit even more their time on it.
I didn't draw this in, as it was kind of an after though, but I plan on being able to shut the horses in the back where the dry lot currently is when it rains, to keep them from completely tearing up that outer track.
I was also thinking about using something like this https://www.lighthoof.com/about-lighthoof/how-it-works/
to place the Pea Gravel. I was hesitant to spend money on something like that for a property I don't own, but I would be able to tear that up and use it elsewhere when we do move, right? I would assume so.
And if I did do the sand, I was thinking of making it more of a sand box like this.
Fewh.... made it. Hope that wasn't to scattered, and I hope I didn't leave anything out. Hopefully you can add more insight than my hubby
His only concern was getting vehicles in and out, which should still be easy to do, and cost. So for those of you who stuck it out, what do you think? Am I crazy? Is this just to small of a space to work with? Any input is appreciated.