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How big of a fenced in area? Sand?
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Aubrey    Posted 05-11-2003 at 14:43:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have three horses, we just got them and they arn't used to grass, so to keep them from foundering they are only in the pasture for 1 to 2 hours a day. All the rest of the day they are in the fenced in area, after a month they can be let out all day but,until then my question is, what is the minimum size of a fenced in area for three horses? Another question of mine is, could I put sand in the fenced in area? It's all mudd and my white paint keeps rolling in it. Thanks in advance! =)
Aubrey


screaminghollow    Posted 05-12-2003 at 08:46:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
A general rule of thumb followed by many is an acre per horse or bovine, however it depends on how lush or sparse your area is. We leave our horses out 24-7 with a large run in shed. They seem to have fewer health problems that way. If the horses aren't used to grass, i'd expand it an hour per day for every 5 or 6 days they are there. We even have a pony out on grass year round. In a corral, there should be room to roam a little.
Horses will always roll in the mud, especially after a bath. It's their nature. The white horse will always be the muddiest. Steer way clear of sand, if you can help it.


LH    Posted 05-11-2003 at 23:01:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've had as many as 5 head in a 75X75 foot area. as long as they have adequate feed and a little room to kick up there heels they'll do fine. I'd advise agains sand in the area since horses bieng grazing animals are likely to ingest it and could possibly get sand colic. Mine are on pasture year round so the green spring grasses dont bother them as much as it would horses that have been stabled. Also be careful with hay and try not to give too much alfalfa or grain as they also cause founder problems or too much energy unless you are working them hard. As far as how much room and animal actualy needs depends on what youre doing with them. Lots of horses are kept in 12X12 box stalls and only taken out for minimal excersize daily.


Ron,Ar    Posted 05-11-2003 at 19:25:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Aubrey, why don't you jump over to tractor tales page on YT Magazine on the left there. There are a lot of fine folks there that have horses and might be able to help. Ron


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