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post #1 of 5 Old 01-23-2015, 10:22 AM Thread Starter
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8 Acre horse farm Need opinions

I am building a house on an 8 acre old cow pasture. Before I get any horses out there I plan to

Build a 4 board fence around the entire pasture
Build a pole barn with 3 enclosed horse stalls
Run water to the barn

I am going to buy 2-3 Quarter horses that are 10-15 yr old and broke.

Here are my questions

Do I need to kill the fescue in the pasture and plant something else?
Do I need to separate the pasture into two separate sections so I can grow one pasture for future grazing while the horses are in the other pasture?
Do I need a round pen?
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post #2 of 5 Old 01-23-2015, 10:26 AM
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Fescue is what is common in our area and what our horses eat. You just don't want to feed it to pregnant mares. Fescue is a good, tough grass that stands up to foot traffic and grazing short.
Dividing into 2 or 3 to rotate them is a good idea.
We don't use a round pen.
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post #3 of 5 Old 01-23-2015, 10:37 AM
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Fescue is ok, you can have it tested because some is better than others. (It's the fungus that grows in the fescue, not the fescue itself, like PHM said the biggest worry is for pregnant mares). I'd airate the pasture and overseed with bermuda.

DO section it now. I'd do two three acre sections, one one acre section for a dry lot. You can put your round pen in there. I'm all for a nice sturdy round pen, I miss mine so much! You never know when you'll need one for training, introducing, injured horses that should be kept up, etc..

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post #4 of 5 Old 01-23-2015, 12:44 PM
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Sounds good, and like the others have said, no need to worry about fescue unless you plan to have broodmares at any point.

4- board wood fencing is expensive and can be costly to maintain. If money or time is an issue, I'd maybe look at something like flex-rail fencing or no-climb horse mesh with a top and maybe a bottom board.

You might also want to consider how you'll store your hay, it's best kept out of the barn and in it's own building. If you feed round bales you'll have to allow space for them to be set properly. If it's squares it's easier to arrange them, just figure out how many cubic feet each bale is and how many you'll need or want and that'll tell you how big to build a hay shed.

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post #5 of 5 Old 01-23-2015, 01:08 PM
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1. We've gotten some fescue and the cows and my horse don't touch it. You may have to see if they'll like it but have a backup plan just incase.

2. That would be ideal. Rotate them every so often.

3. It'd be nice if you need to just work on something that'd be difficult on the trail or in a large pasture, training purposes and riding.
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