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post #1 of 31 Old 01-02-2015, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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Will half an acre be enough room for 2 horses?

Not for the pasture, but just for room to move around in. We have an acre down the back that was used for the previous owners horse, but I am going to divide it into two paddocks so I can make one pasture for the horses to eat a couple hours a day. But the other one is dirt and I am going to be feeding hay all year round. Someone told me to feed LOTS of fodder? I could make the area bigger (I am on 3.5 acres) but the thing is there are huge sheds in the way of that, unless I sort of go around them with new fencing? It will sort of be hard, but I could work out a plan. When I'm driving around my area looking at other people with their horses, most of them just live on dirt in smaller places with no turn out, there isn't much grass this time of the year anyway. the thing I am worried about is thrush and absesses (sorry if I mispell that) from all the water getting flooded in there. I live in Western Australia, and usually when the rain comes the grass comes, but it still may get flooded.. I'm not sure what to do, or if the half an acre is good enough? I would pick half an acre vs a 12x12 stall any day!
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To me half an acre is not enough for two horses, two miniatures or Shetlands, yes but horses no.

They need room to move around at all paces.
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I know that my horses were kept in stalls with runout paddocks. I had access to a two acre "pasture" that was really more of a sand and scrub lot, but they were only out in it maybe a couple of hours a week. That said, they were both ridden anywhere from one to five hours a day, five to six days a week--usually to a sweat. They worked. I think if you were to be able to give them sufficient daily exercise, it'd be fine. My little mare is moving to be with me on my new property, and when we move, she'll have a stall and a fifty by fifty paddock to roam. No pasture (good, because she is fat on air, and I'll be able to watch her weight better). However, I'll be riding her almost daily, through woods and up inclines, so I anticipate few problems. Horses can adapt to most circumstances, provided their humans minimize the negatives.
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Depends on where you live. NY or areas of CA that would probably be a
Lot of land. I doubt you will gain much separating it. I would just keep it an acre and feed hay yr round
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Here in Long Island we don't have the luxury of space, unless you can afford $1,000 board! The horses at my barn are all in dry lot paddocks of varying sizes on 8 acres, and that's with 24 horses. Everything is strategically placed to maximize turn out space. Another friend of mine has her house on 2 acres. It's divided in half. The barn has two stalls for her two horses with in and outs. Then she has a pretty big riding arena. She usually puts one horse in the areana then opens up the in and outs to the other horse.

You need to adjust you horse ownership style. Frequent hay feeds in nets keeps them busy. You need to be more concious of the frequency they get exercise. Make sure the horses get along well since there isn't any escape room.

It might not be ideal, but not everyone has the luxury of acerage.
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If you keep it clean, and your horses get exercised, 1/2 acre is plenty of room to keep two horses. You will have 1/2 acre of dirt, but it's more room than a stall, which many horses live it.

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We have 4 on a half and acre. Keep in mind however that 2 are ponies and 2 are small horses. I don't think it would work very well if they where full sized.

We ride frequently to keep them exercised.
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You can make it work. Question is, where do you ride? I keep driving by this 2 acre property with 5 horses. I have seen them ride the ditches by the road and, after having to do that where I used to keep my horses bc the owner kept blocking off riding areas, it does beg this question. Certainly, you will havce to feed hay 24/7/365.

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It's possible, my neighbor has two on half an acre and they move around quite a bit. It depends a little on the terrain, is it all flat, are there trees? If you have little hills I'd include them in the half acre so they have a dry place when it floods. Google "paddock paradise", that might give you ideas.
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Not for the pasture, but just for room to move around in.
From my very minimal experience and reading, it seems they really need a few miles of exercise every day or at least most days. If they get that, hanging around in that size area would be fine I'd think.

If faced with that, and I may be someday, I'd devise a way that required them to walk quite a distance to get the food they wanted, even in that size enclosure.

Being a couch potato is no better for horses than people.

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