6 Property Tips if You’re Planning to Own a Horse

Owning a horse is a thrilling experience, especially if you get to keep the equine pal on your property. Since horses–the longstanding companions of humans–can thrive in varied terrain, more and more owners want to keep their equine friends on their property instead of horse shelters. 

However, choosing the right property with conditions ideal for your horse can be challenging. If you are planning the same, then here are six property tips you can’t miss: 

Consider Your Property Size

Location and land areas are critical to a thriving equestrian property. Some places also require a certain acreage to allow you to keep horses on your land. This aims to ensure animal well-being by cutting down on crowded farms.

While there is no specific limitation, a good rule of thumb for figuring out carrying capacity is ½ to 2 acres of open field per horse. So, choose a land with enough space to accommodate your horses. 

Ensure the property has good soil–crucial for establishing a good arena design and healthy pasture. Opt for a property that offers ample sunshine and boasts foliage. 

Set Up Pasture

Owning a horse means building small pasture areas where your horses can freely graze–if not 24/7, at least a few hours a day. Ideally, you need a minimum of 2 acres of pasture area covered in grass and low plants per horse. 

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However, you can also section off tiny increments to rotate the pastures for smaller properties. This way, you can let the horses out to graze for a few hours in the sections alternately.

Ensure the pasture has sturdy fencing to prevent escape attempts and serviceable gates that separate the areas from the feed and horse barn

Construct a Stable or Shelter

Horses love to run and graze in open fields, and open areas are vital to their well-being. Horses also need shelter from rain, wind, and cold weather, especially at night. The stall should be 10 by 12 feet with a 5 to 9-foot ceiling. This will give them round-the-clock access to a safe, dry, and comfortable haven. 

In the summertime, a draft-free and waterproof stable or run-in shed will help prevent humidity and overheating. 

In the winter, your horse shelter should have trusses to accommodate 30 pounds of heavy snow per square foot. You should also build a steeply slanted stable roof to prevent structural damage from snow. 

Establish a Water Source

Horses need a lot of water. Therefore, before bringing your equine friend home, you must upgrade to adequate fresh and potable water access.

A horse’s water needs also fluctuate during warm and cold weather. In summer, for example, the water intake is generally higher–between 5 and 10 gallons per day. In winter, on the other hand, the consumption takes a dip.

Consider adding a separate pump house or dedicated water lines that run from the barn to your primary connection. An automatic water bowl can also be a great addition to year-round water solutions. It will keep the water from freezing in chilly temperatures or sitting and developing algae. 

There are plenty of heaters and frost-free, energy-free automatic animal watering systems to help maintain a balanced water level you can consider. Moreover, a more budget-friendly option is installing a stock tank if you don’t have access to a pressurized water system. 

Create a Suitable Riding Arena

While a decent equestrian riding arena can be constructed under a covered shed, a large door, or an open field outside, enthusiasts with multiple horses enjoy both indoor and outdoor options for year-round exercising and training schedules. 

However, when building your riding arena, install a reliable drainage system (Fresh drains with perforated pipes)–especially if your landscape is prone to water pooling during monsoons or snowfalls. 

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Opt for a quality clay base. When it’s compacted, add a thin layer of limestone and compact it. Next, apply a slim layer of crushed dust to cover the top surface of the riding area. 

Design Poper Fencing

Like water and shelter, sturdy fencing is a non-negotiable part of equine property design. Since horses are fast and robust, they fight if caught in a fence. That’s why you require sturdy and highly visible fencing to keep them safe and contained. Anything less can risk your horses running into it by accident. 

Good fencing is at least five feet tall for light horse breeds and six feet tall for taller and stronger horses. The fences should also have enough spacing between posts. As an additional safety measure, you can install a single electric wire to discourage the horses from leaning on or scratching the fences. 

Wooden board, wire, pipe, PVC, and electric fences are great options. Each has its unique perks and disadvantages. Therefore, review all the available fencing options and determine the best for your location and needs. 

Get Your Property Ready 

The above six tips are core to getting your property reading for horses. However, it’s just the start. Keeping your horses happy and healthy will require more than just this. So, once you’ve taken care of the above, move to the advanced level and see what you can do to give your equine pet the best life possible. The key is never to stop learning.

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