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post #1 of 14 Old 09-28-2014, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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Pasture & outdoor arena question!

Hello! I'm not completely new to horses, but will be bringing my soon to be 4 year old mare home for Spring to Fall, than she'll be boarded during winter for access to indoor arena. We live on 2 acres, but our buildings are set up oddly. I will be able to have a 95ftx80ft pasture for her and a 35x65 outdoor arena/work area. Her stall is 15x15. She will be fed grain mornings, graze outside in pasture w/ hay all afternoon (about 11am-5pm) than brought in for evening grain & hay. She's not very good in turn out with others so it would be only her and she would be work no less than 4 times a week. I think more because I will be out with her whenever I can even if that means lunging and ground work. Does this sound doable? My husband swears it's enough room, but I just want others opinions, thanks!
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It sounds just fine.
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95 to 80' pasture seems small to me as it will get grazed down quickly. If this happens, the horse may try to get at grass on the other side of the fence. Don't know what your fence will be but I would have an electric wire around it as well to keep the horse away from the fence. Just as a safety measure. I always did this with small pasture areas and never had any injuries due to horses getting tangled up in a fence.
Anyway it will be great for you to have your horse at home with you so you can spend more time with her.
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95X80 isn't even a fifth of an acre. Good for limited turnout but will be grazed down fairly quickly.
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My husband swears it's enough room, but I just want others opinions, thanks!
I would disagree. If she's going to be grazing on it for 6 hours each day, she's going to eat that down in no time (95 x 80 feet).

Are you going to water it when she's not in there?

How are you going to keep the grass growing good during the winter?

If you aren't careful on your grass management in that small area, it may turn into a dry lot.

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It is small, but you're fine if you feed hay. More than anything, expect lots of mud from the foot traffic.
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I was actually debating a dry lot also as right now she's not turned out regularly in grass, just the indoor arena. I was going to slowly introduce her to the grass and go from there. We will lay down grass seed in the late fall/winter when she leaves and if it turns into a dry lot I'll just give her enough hay spread around for her. She will probably only be turned out to pasture when I work so she's not bored, but on the weekend and my mid-week day off will be kept in and worked by myself. So 4 days outta the week. I kinda figured it would get grazed out, but I'm more worried about her having room to wonder, run, and not become bored.
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It is small, but you're fine if you feed hay. More than anything, expect lots of mud from the foot traffic.
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Another reason I'm debating dry lot... 0.o
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Both areas are too small for what you want to do with them. Your "pasture" is about 1/2 the size of a normal 100x200 riding arena. You can keep it in grass only if you allow about 2 hours of grazing A WEEK. Even when you offer hay in addition to the pasture, they are going to go first for the grass. Over time the only thing left will be weeds. Some of that is of course going to depend upon the soil, rainfall/irrigation, stocking rate, climate... but don't expect it to stand up without constant management. Your "work" area is too small to do any riding outside of a walk. If you can push it out to 65x65, that would be the size of a large roundpen.
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Agree that both areas are going to end up being too small. If you don't split your pasture in half and let one side rest you'll end up with a dust bowl or a mud pit in a shockingly short time. Once that grass is gone it's hard to make it come back.

The arena will probably end up so tiny that you won't be happy using it.

One thing that people around here do when they have small acreage is put an extra large round pen inside the pasture. Then they let their horses graze in there until depleted and close off the pen gate to let the grass grow again. Not a super solution for great footing but it works and you don't have to invest in a fence to split your pasture.
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