Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
I agree. Many horses do just fine with limited or no grazing. I kept both of my horses on dry lots for different reasons in a few different situations. The mini mare lived for years in a 1 acre dry lot with 10 other miniatures, then went to a 100x100 dry lot pen with one other mini, and my TB filly first lived in a 4 acre wooded area with 6 other horses, then in a dry lot 1 3/4 acre pen with two other horses. Both did just fine, ran around like loons whenever they pleased, and were healthy.
1-2 acres for a shetland and a horse is completely doable as long as OP realizes she has to feed hay.
OP, with the set up that you mentioned, you could even do a small sacrifice area/dry lot pen that is 1/2 acre or so that you keep the horses in for part of the day, then you could let them graze in another 1 1/2 to 2 acres or so for a few hours. Since you're getting a shetland/mini this is actually optimal, since small horses like this SHOULD NEVER EVER EVER get full access to pasture. With a dry lot, the two of them could be together for part of the day eating hay in slow feeder nets, then you could let them out in the evening with a grazing muzzle on the shetland for a few hours. Easy as that. The pasture would probably never be very tall and could get stressed enough that it just wasn't worth the effort- but you could at least try it. It all depends on the soil in your area and rainfall.
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