So you own a sizable land and want to take care of some horses or two. Building your own stable and keeping your horse with you might be a good idea since it can potentially be cheaper than having them boarded, and you have the added benefit of having your horse with you at all times. You and your family can ride it or spend time with it as much as you want.
However, there are plenty of considerations when thinking of bringing a horse into your property. It will take a lot of work, and it will cost a lot. But once you’ve decided these are things you’re willing to work on and spend a lot of money on, here are some design tips and ideas for preparing your property for a pet horse.
Make sure you have enough space.
Some laws require properties to have a specific number of acres before they purchase a home. For example, in Texas,the law recommends that the owner at least have five acres. If the horse you’re thinking of bringing home is a small pony or on the smaller side, they might be perfectly healthy and happy on half an acre. Horses don’t do well with just standing around all day and night, and they need to have enough space to move and run around. Being outdoors and physically active is crucial to their health and well-being.
Fence and clear your horse’s turnout area.
Now that you’ve decided on your horse’s turnout area or where they will be running around, make sure it’s fenced properly and securely.Some fences are also more inappropriate for horses, like barbed wire fencing, sheep mesh, or stock mesh. These kinds of fences might be harmful to them. If you have the budget for it, go for wooden fences. A cheaper alternative is hot tape fencing, which is far less likely to harm your horse when they get too excited.
You also need to clear the turnout area–make sure there are no barbed wires,stones, old bricks, and anything else that may be a physical or tripping hazard to your horse. You can also consult with your local farmers’ service or local extension service on how to get rid of any toxic weeds or plants that may be dangerous for your horse. Fence off any dips or holes that your horse can fall into, and have them filled up properly as soon as you’re able.
Assess the quality of your grazing.
Is there enough grass for your horse to enjoy?If not, the best time to do something about it is before the horse arrives. For pasture, specifically for horses, inform your supplier that the seed is for horses, so they can give you an ideal mix, especially since the plant mix for cattle is different. Make sure your pasture is in good condition before you bring your new pet home.
Have a shed constructed.
Your horse will need refuge from the heat during warmer months, and a run-in shed is an ideal type for them. If you’re more of a casual horse owner and you don’t see yourself starting a boarding business anytime soon, you can have asingle run-in shed for your horse. It’s a misconception that horses need a fancy barn or a big stall to be perfectly happy and healthy. Still, if you’re on a budget, a constructed run-in shed is perfectly suitable, especially when installing a panel that can turn it into a stall when needed. Eventually, you can also have a stall built at the end of the run-in shed.
- Ensure the water supply is easily accessible since horses have to drink about 8 to 10 gallons worth of water a day. You may need a stock tank that’s specifically designed for horses.
- A feed room and hay store should alsobe located in a separate, one-sided building that’s a little further from your shed and main house. This is because the dust that hay produces is highly flammable, and even the littlest spark can set it off.
- Before your horse arrives, make sure that you have all the necessary gear ready, like their saddle, headstalls, and other accessories. Stock up on the horse’s bath necessities too.
Owning a pet horse can be extremely challenging, but it’s well worth the effort. Horses are beautiful, magnificent creatures, and once you create a bond with them, there’s no going back. Make sure your property is fully ready and equipped before you bring them home.