Was wondering how many horses I can have on 7 acres I have a lot of grass on it. I already have 2 horses on it, how many more can I have for it to be a decent amount of grass for them?
Ok, Thanks for the info! So I can't have any more horses than 2 on 7 acres?I was raised on the OH/PA border. The Rule of Thumb was five acres per piece of large livestock.
I called the Ag person in my county in Middle Tennessee when we first retired here. He said five acres per piece of livestock applies here as well.
Meaning you are done adding livestock to seven acres, unless you want to buy Cherry Hill‘s book and learn how to rotate, how to maintain small acreage. Also be prepared to hay them them most or all of the year especially if a drought comes along.
My horses have to be separated. One is on about six acres. Right now, he can’t keep, it eaten down. That will all change around October and by December he will barely have any grazing - all by himself on more or less six acres.
Others who do keep many horses on small acreage may come in and relate how they do it but it’s a lot more work and expense when acreage is over crowded, not to mention the health issue
Thank you! I would definitely supply hay in the winter, but do you mean for the summer?Not if you want pasture to be a large part of their diet.
If you want to supply hay year round you can have more. I know here in Indiana you have to have 1 acre per head of livestock but other states may have different laws. The crazy part about it is the pasture or whatever doesn't have to be an acre per head you just have to own that many acres. For instance, you own 5 acres but only have 3 acres of that fenced for livestock. You can still have 5 head on that 3 acres. I do not know how strict they are at enforcing it, I think not very.
I only feed them hay in the winter also, and summer I just let them eat the grass, actually when I have like 3 horses in 7 acres they usually get too fat.🤷♀️ i have a total of 8 acres but my two are on like 6 acres and im drowning in grass and mowing currently. I feed hay in winter only.
The first question you should be asking is what are you county/state ZONING for how many animals you can have on your acerage. Depending on your area, you may be limited on what it was zoned for. (On that note, is it even zoned for horses in the first place?)Was wondering how many horses I can have on 7 acres I have a lot of grass on it. I already have 2 horses on it, how many more can I have for it to be a decent amount of grass for them?
Yes. Now if you live in area that has lush pastures, always has adequate rainfall to keep them that way, and you put in the time and effort to keep it weed free, manure free, mud free etc... then you might be able to add a 3rd and still have enough pasture to feed them through the growing season.Thank you! I would definitely supply hay in the winter, but do you mean for the summer?
Thanks! So your saying I can't have 4 horses on 7 acres 24/7, correct? I live in Oklahoma so I'm not sure if you have a limit of horses. I tried looking it up and not seeing anything about it.The first question you should be asking is what are you county/state ZONING for how many animals you can have on your acerage. Depending on your area, you may be limited on what it was zoned for. (On that note, is it even zoned for horses in the first place?)
Secondly, it varies greatly on where you live and what your turnout plans are.
If you think you are going to turn out 2 horses on 7 acres 24/7, well, you are going to have a dry lot in a hurry with zero grass.
If you are going to graze them 1-2 hours a day and lock them up and feed hay the rest of the time, then you might be okay.
I haven't measured, but I just put my 4 horses on an area probably about that size (7 acres or so; it is for sure not more than 10 acres). We are in a terrible drought. They are probably not going to be in there more than a few weeks, and then they are getting moved to a different location. There's just hardly any grass. Mine are out 24/7.