Is this space big enough for horses? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 6 Old 09-15-2014, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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Is this space big enough for horses?

Hi guys,
This is our property (black line), it is 3 and a half acres. In the red at the top was where the previous owner's horse lived. I was just wondering if it was big enough, in person it is really huge. If it it not big I can expand it. Preferably to fit a horse and a mini.

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post #2 of 6 Old 09-15-2014, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry I forgot the image of the property, I don't know how to post it..
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post #3 of 6 Old 09-15-2014, 11:26 PM
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I would think 3.5 acres would be fine for a couple horses, but it would depend on how dry it gets in summer if you're wanting purely grass feed or if you're happy to supplement with hay/grain etc. Might also want to think about how boggy it gets in winter and have it divided into 2 or 3 paddocks so you can rotate around to avoid a mud pit or over grazing. This can also help with management of manure/control of worms etc if you can rotate paddocks.
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post #4 of 6 Old 09-17-2014, 04:24 AM
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Yes, 3.5 acres is definitely big enough for a couple of horses. But depending on pasture, climate, trees, etc, it might not be big enough to support them feed-wise, so you may have to feed hay part/full time.
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I have about the same size pasture and when I had my mini and 1 horse it was plenty of space. I had it split into 3 paddocks and there was a smaller dry lot area in each for the mini. She only grazed with the other horse for an hour or so each day with a grazing muzzle on, the rest of the time she was in her area and got small amounts of hay. I never ran out of grass since the mini was on a strict diet, the pasture only had to support the 1 horse.
This winter with 2 horses was pretty different, ran out of grass and fed out a lot of hay and had to hard feed them too.
I would just make sure there is good drainage and some areas with hard footing if possible that you can put them when it gets really wet.
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post #6 of 6 Old 09-17-2014, 07:13 AM
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Actually the answer depends on how much is accessible for pasture. How much space and what arrangement does your house and any out buildings take up? Are there trees for shade which if spaced would not effect grass necessarily or are there places where trees are heavy enough there is no grass? Depending on how much is actually in grass and useable you could have plenty or you could need a dry lot and to feed for part of the year. Posting your pic would help and showing lengths for perimeter fencing could help determine the actual number of acres and best arrangement for rotational areas.
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