when I get a horse, I am going to leave them out grazing all the time, and just have a shelter, and a shed for tack and feed, and any other equipment.
how should I build a shelter? I just wanted to do a three sided shelter with enough space to fit a horse comfortably, and maybe enough room for two horses. I looked up some things, and one thing I found was using palettes to make a shelter. would that be a good idea? or would those be unsafe?
and does a three sided shelter need bedding like a barn stall does? and should I keep the water bucket and food inside the shelter? if you are leaving a horse out to graze all the time, do they even need food? can they just live off the grass?
I'm really new to horses, I just started lessons, so I don't know anything. XD
Lol, no need to rush. You just started lessons, you'll figure things out eventually and learn alot.
I've never heard of a building a shelter with pallets before, so can't comment there, but can help you with other questions:
If you plan on adding a gate to your three sided shelter so you could use it to stall horses every once and a while, I would add bedding such as sawdust or shavings, so that it will be comfy for the horses when they are stalled, and will help absorb their pee.
You can put water buckets in there if you want, especially if you plan to stall them in there at any time, but if not, it may just be easier to have one big water trough out in the pasture.
It depends on the horse if they can live solely off grass. Some easy keepers can, but realistically not every horse is an easy keeper. Most people supplement a horse's diet of grass with hay. A grass hay blend is pretty good stuff. Some horses may need grain to supplement their diet, others don't. It depends on the indivdual.
Also, if you ever plan on keeping a horse in a field with a shelter, make sure to get it company! Horses are herd animals and it is stressful for them to live on their own. Another horse, a pony, or even a donkey can give the horses the security of a small "herd."