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post #21 of 31 Old 01-03-2015, 05:05 PM
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Originally Posted by SlideStop View Post
Sometimes you just have to make do with what you've got.
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That IS true. It's better than having a quarter of an acre.
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post #22 of 31 Old 01-03-2015, 05:12 PM
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When I was in the Bay Area of ca, having a half acre of land was a luxury for most horses, including mine. I rented a half Acre lot for a few years for my several horses and it worked just fine. I had it set up so they had pens with covers for night time and free run of the rest during the day. They played plenty, running laps around it.
Do not expect to be able to keep any forage growing on it though. You will have to feed plenty of hay. And manure disposal for fly control may be an issue,depending on where you are . I had a dumpster rented that I used for manure and it was carted off every week. And be sure if there are neighbors close by that they are fine with horses next to the fence. Different jurisdictions have different rules and you may have required set backs, which will reduce the useable space. .
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post #23 of 31 Old 01-03-2015, 07:51 PM
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You can do it. With hay all year round, it's enough room for them. As posted, I would have the water and feed areas as far apart as possible to encourage movement. If you can make it all one 2-acre paddock instead of two 1-acre paddocks that would be better. You'll have to stay on top of the manure clean up.

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post #24 of 31 Old 01-03-2015, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, I'll make just the one paddock, I'll try get it to 1.5 acres but hubby isn't very impressed about it being 2. I was trying to tell him it's more work and all of that but he thinks 1 acre is plenty for 2 horses. What are some things to do to stop boredom? I have a likkit, but I don't think I will use it. May I ask, what is the difference between keeping them on say, 0.4 acres then in a 12x12 stall? Any horse in any stall is limited to running around and doing what they love (unless they are on turn out) but what about the ones on no turn out? At my old riding school, they kept the agistment horses in a very small dirt yard with the shelter/stall at the top, and people weren't exercising them everyday. And they don't even get access to hay 24/7, they get 3 'meals' a day and after that they just stand their watching people come in with their cars.. Pretty sad life IMO. Especially in the heat they still get rugged, even if it's just a cotton sheet.. Boy it was hot that day.
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post #25 of 31 Old 01-03-2015, 08:19 PM
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Its certainly possible. Make sure there is adequate shade and shelter though. Contrary to others I would separate the paddock and shut the good one off when its muddy and maybe night, but let them have free roam a lot of the day. Otherwise its going to go to dirt quickly. You really have to clean the paddocks regularly too.

I know you have sheds, but if you have a boundary fence could you just turn them loose in the rest of the property while you're at home?

Its worth considering though that given the cost of hay in Australia paying to put your horse somewhere else that has feed may actually be cheaper than feeding your self.

Long term I'd look at making a bigger area. Its possible to live in one that small but horses like bigger spaces. If you can use the rest of your property it would be great, if sheds are in the way it might be as simple as putting up a temporary electric fence around them, or just including them in your paddocks.
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post #26 of 31 Old 01-03-2015, 08:32 PM
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Honestly, my mare is on pasture now and I think she moves LESS! When she was on a dirt lot she was moving around eating, drinking, messing with the horses on her fence line, playing with her pasture buddies.

Your horses will be fine on 1 1/2 acres! It's a lot less space then 90% of horses on Long Island have.
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post #27 of 31 Old 01-03-2015, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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I could let the horses roam the property whilst I'm home, but I am too scared about them getting hurt on something, plus, the fence around my property has barbed wire at the top.. But like SlideStop said, it is more than what some people have! But about it being dirt, what is the risks of sand colic? I won't feed hay on the ground, I can get hay feeders and plop them around the paddock with rubber matting underneath. That will also make them walk around a bit more.
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post #28 of 31 Old 01-03-2015, 11:03 PM
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One thing I would start looking into ASAP is how your going to manage the rainfall. A woman I horse sit for had she paddocks professionally graded. There is almost never any mud, except for a few sparce patches. Another thing I've seen work well is digging a gently sloping ditch for the water to collect into. Then we run a sump pump out to the woods to drain it quickly. Keeping a load of rca on hand isn't a bad idea either to help fill chronically muddy spots. My grow down some rubber mats over highly trafficked areas too, like right outside in and out doors or gates. The less they are able to tare it up the better!

As for sand colic we really haven't had a problem with it. If your worries feed out of small holed hay nets with a mat under it. They also sell a supplements you can give your horse every so often to clear out the sand.
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post #29 of 31 Old 01-04-2015, 01:44 AM
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My horses during the winter are in probably an acre pen? I have a 160 acres so I'm not a 100% sure on our pen sizes, where I live we easily get 5 feet of snow during the winter, so I have one pen that is done up with steel panels to ensure the horses don't escape nor get hurt on wire they can't see through the snow, They have enough room to more around, kick up their heals and play with each other and seem to be content.

During the Summer their turned out which I have different fields I can put them in.
The only reason I'd divide the property would be to help grass growth, if you have two pens once one area is eaten to the max, I'd put them in the other pen hoping there would be new growth for the horses to eat, and once they ate all the grass in that pen put them back in the other one and so on.. but if that isn't a possible because one part is dirt, I'd leave it as one big pen, unless there is reasoning behind dividing them (wanting to try and produce grass, horses don't get along).

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post #30 of 31 Old 01-05-2015, 06:34 AM
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I have two horses and keep them all year around on 3 acres and i can see myself struggling on that if i don't stay onto it with rotating. I've split the land into three sections and i have additional feed/hay when needed. Being on pretty rough grass too that does not give as much nutrients as i'd like, i supplement also. As a few other people have said, it's giving them the best quality of life you can with what you have. It's early summer over here and i don't have amazingly lush paddocks :(
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