Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Southern Indiana
The more the better. At our old place we had about 6 acres divided into 4 pastures and we'd have to keep them on mud lots anytime the ground was soft in order to keep the pastures in good shape. We had anywhere from 3 - 8 horses during that time.
Now we have 5 horses (was 6 until about 2 months ago) on a 25 acre pasture and 3 horses on the 18 acre pasture and we don't ever have to worry about them churning it all to mud no matter how wet it gets. It sure makes horse keeping a lot easier to be able to leave them out. I do have to make them stay in the corrals part time during the spring or they wouldn't be able to fit through a gate (that's an exaggeration but not much of one).
I think our highest population count ever was 32 horses but some of those were nursing foals and those pastures still held up, we just didn't have to bush hog them twice a year like we do now.
R.I.P. JC 5/19/85 - 12/9/14. You made my life better.