How Many Acres Do TWO Horses Need?


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Stay Cute answered

It depends on where you live. Where I live, you need at least one acre per horse. I am planning to move soon, and the place I am looking to move only needs 1/2 acre per horse. In my opinion, 1/2 acre is a little small.

I'm currently boarding my horse at a family stable. They have five acres total, this includes: the house, the pool, the barn, the pasture, and the riding ring. They have four horses, one foal, and one pony. The land is quite over grazed, but it is within the legal limit for that area.

You have to ask around in your local area to see what the minimum acreage per horse is. The minimum acreage to own a horse varies from county to county.

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Anonymous answered
Don't be offended, but that's like asking, "How long is a piece of string?" It all depends on what you are doing with the horse and land. Is this where you will also exercise the horses, or will you be taking them somewhere else to work, compete, etc. Also, do you expect this area do produce grazing pasture as well - or will you be supplementing feed e.g. Hay, alfalfa, grain, etc. Plenty of horses do well in a stall with a small paddock area, but they need to be taken somewhere for work/exercise. In any event, my minimum preference would be to have a nice sheltered area (barn, stall, lean-to) with an acre, or so, for them to roam. You will need to heavily supplement, as an acre will not produce sufficient grazing area.

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