We have 10 acres of land, of which 2-3 is zoned rural so we could have a barn and animals. We are surrounded by trails for riding. My dream is that we would prepare the rural zone for a horse (and mini horse as companion and maybe two sheep). We are presently spending time at the property on weekends but aim to retire there in 10 to 15 years. Right now, the rural zoned land is unfenced and treed (mostly maple, birch and pine). The terrain is rather uneven and because of the tree cover only a little grass and some wildflowers (but also no large patches of weeds like thistles). My rough plan so far is to: thin the trees; even out the ground; improve drainage; plant grass seed (what kind?) as first steps. Then we would think about a barn and fencing. The rural zone is pretty sheltered but we do get alot of snow and it can be quite cold (-30) in winter. The summer can be hot so we need to keep some of the trees for shade. I welcome any suggestions or do’s and don’ts as we are starting from scratch. Also, are there any books you would recommend?