how many horses per acre?
A good question posted by a new member at the link above! (This thread was started to direct everyone to the thread on a profile page, since that location doesn't get as much 'wiki publicity' as the discussions area.)
Feb 27 2011, 1:17 AM EST by
which type of electrical fencing is best
First off, I just want to say how thrilled I am. Our paddock area is a total quagmire. YUK! I was totally stressing about it and couldn't sleep. I found this site at 2:30 in the morning. It seems this may be the solution we have been looking for. I have a pony and one horse. We have about 5 acres, with the majority being wooded. The small acreage plans have been really helpful.
I am relatively new to the horse world, 3 years. Some of my questions may seem odd to those of you who have had horses your whole life. Just bear with me. ;)
I have walked my property and have laid out a track system. It is hard trying to keep it simple. There are so many options. Anyway, I am going out to purchase the fencing next week. My husband has always used split rail, and wooden post with welded wire. Being that this is my project, I have decided to use an electric fencing system. Waaay more economical than split rail. I have never used any type of electric fence, nor have I installed any. My friend says it's really easy, hopefully she is right. :)
Anyway, my question is what type of fencing, rope or ribbon? Is there a brand that you guys have found is more durable than another? I want it to be cost effective, but not cheap. Which type of posts? Step ins look super easy. Are there some that are more durable than others? We are probably going with a solar powered system. I saw one at a supply store for $189. We only have 5 acres, so it's not like I need a really powerful system. Is the solar powered system worth the investment? Is there one that you guys would recommend?
Sorry for all of the questions. I want to do it right the first time around. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Feb 9 2011, 7:02 PM EST by
Meand and My Shadow
I have the cutest little minis. I am so looking forward to trying out the slow feed bags. My girlfriend showed me this site and it is now my favorite page. Happy New Year to you all!
Starting on my track
I just wanted to say thank you for sharing all your tips and photos on this site. I am going to try and brave the heat in the morning and start fencing off my track for the horses. I am doing the step in posts for the time being with my hot wire poly rope . Once I get the layout like I want and the horses get to try it out I will make a prettier fence. I've been getting my two boys ready for this transition by scattering some hay along the fence line on away from their shelter and water. They seem to like foraging for the small piles hidden here and there. They each have a slow feeder in the run in shed that they use. ( I will post photos of that soon) My husband is getting some road fabric for me in the near future, so I can make a stretch of pea gravel.. Oh and I need to do water crossing too....(those things will be in the future) My property is small, but I am inspired by everyone and I hope to make this a nice place for my boys.
I have a question... Do some of you ride your horses on the track? I am going to do that and I was thinking of making my track 16 ft wide with a few wider areas around the corners... I wonder if that will be wide enough for 2 horses being ridden?
I'll keep all of you posted on my progress over the next few weeks/months. Happy Paddocks to everyone!!
Aug 7 2010, 11:18 PM EDT by
Is it possible to make a paradise on only an acre of land??
HI I just found this site last week and I find it very fascinating! I have two horses and only have 1 acre that is my property. My next door neighbor allows me to let my boys graze on her acre. I only can make fencing alterations to my acre. Do you think it is possible to still make a lap from the barn and back around.And use slow hay feeders in tree areas to keep them moving? I'm starting to have wheels turn in my head after looking at everyone's Paddock Paradise. I made my own slow feeding hay nets last weekend and my boys already have adjusted. They aren't crying out to me as soon as I get home for the feeding like they used too. They are also eating 2 flakes of hay for several hours now than 1 1/2 - 2 hours. I'm really impressed!! And to think I put in a google search for hay nets and I found this site. I had no clue this was out here. :) Thank you for any tips.. I live in East Texas with pine trees and sandy soil. Dry hooves are a problem in my existing paddock.
Question about creating a new track
I've just finished reading Paddock Paradise and am very eager to get something started for my horses. I have four acres, three of which are currently fenced. My four horses have their favorite loafing area and where I have been feeding them is pretty much on the opposite side of the property. Because they come and go at least three times a day there has been some inherent movement for them already. My land is very hilly and steep. So, they have to go down hill, cross a creek and up hill to get from their food to their hang out spot. The land is also very heavily wooded. They have a forest! We are just coming out of mud season... which although will be nice for summer, will make for some challenges as far as creating a track during winter. My question... has anyone tried to create a "Track" without the fencing? I was thinking about just trying the idea of putting the food in small piles along the perimeter and in areas I'd want them to move along though. I plan to include the newly fenced area in the "Path" as well. It will be new to them as they've never been in that area before. Anyway... guidance is much appreciated! Thanks, Jen
Apr 7 2010, 1:57 PM EDT by
How do I purchase these hay feeders? please respond to my e-mail email@example.com
Apr 5 2010, 3:19 PM EDT by
Creation of this wiki site was inspired by Jaime Jackson 's 2006 book, Paddock Paradise . From the back cover: Based on Jackson's legendary research on wild horses, Paddock Paradise is a revolutionary model for safe, natural horseke
Aug 28 2010, 12:48 PM EDT by