So I have owned horses forever and worked with them forever but I have only boarded not had my own place. Well right now I have the opportunity to have my own 9 stall barn (beautiful!) on ALOT of acres. My question is do you think I will miss boarding at someones place or what? Like pros and cons? What do ya'lll preffer? Your own place or boarding? Let me know your thoughts!
Yes, when it comes to pasture, less is more. I in all my brilliance believed I needed at least 100 acres for my big stable. I ended up with 86. I take care of 25, my neighbor hays 16 and another neighbor is leasing 45 for his cows. I will be expanding next year to take up about 15 the cows are on this year but have about 40 acres I'd love to sell. If I had time to ride I'd love having the extra land, but as it is... lots of work. My tractor and bush hog are no longer fun.I agree with Natisha and Crossover - and will add that an acreage brings its own set of chores above and beyond the horses and stall/water chores. We find ourselves continually caring for or mowing the pasture to have safe grazing places free of weeds and so forth. Our 20 acres is too much to easily mow (it takes a weekend with our mid size tractor) yet too small for the area farmers to be willing to come and bale it for us. It's so time consuming that we bought sheep to help keep the grass mowed, in hopes that DH could actually get off the tractor once in a while and ride with me. And that's just the fair-weather work! In rainy weather or winter there are different chores...
But, we love it here, and I"m so grateful that DH is willing to do so much of the heavy work.