I’m really good at daydreaming.
Like, if you need someone to just sit there and daydream, I’m your man. Or girl. I guess woman?
Eh, whatever. If you need someone to daydream, pick me! I’m super good at that sort of stuff.
But real life stuff?
I mean, it’s one thing to say “One day I’m gonna have a great big horse who is allllll mine, and I’m gonna get up in the morning and look out my bedroom window and see him grazing in the fields….”
Only now it’s for real.
That’s a screenshot of what is going to be my new backyard. Actually, the yard is even bigger than that, but that’s the area that I get to do what I want with, for Caspian. We are going to have funds from the sale of the house to fence it in, and also build a run-in and an area to compost manure.
Speaking of the sale of the house, I think we have someone. We still have to pass inspection, and even if we do pass inspection we will still be in our current house for a couple of months because escrow takes a while right now..
But I think this thing is actually going to happen. We have found a house we all agree on, they’ve accepted our offer (contingent on the sale of our house), we found a buyer for the new house, and I might have my pony in my yard before summer.
It’s one thing to daydream…. it’s another to actually sit down and do it for real.
“Yaaaay! I get a horse in my backyard! Oh. Wait…. Uh, how do you safely house a horse in your backyard?”
I’ve decided to go with 5 foot no-climb horse fence with a strand of hot wire on the inside, but what kind of posts do I use? The t-posts or the wood ones? How many feet of fencing will I need? How many posts per feet of fence? How far down do you sink the posts? How big of a sacrifice area do I make? I’d really like to plan it out so that it can house two horses eventually – I see two horses in my future at some point, so there’s no sense doing it twice.
Do I put the sacrifice area at the bottom, since it’ll be muddy anyways? Do I put it at the top, and then have the pasture be sloped? Do I just do long paddocks with shelters, and then one big turn out area? The rule is one horse per acre, but they never say how best to make that work.
I mean, in a perfect “I have all the space and all the money” I would do a gorgeous paddock paradise setup, but all the ones I’ve seen online require a ton of fencing. Fencing costs money, and I’m not sure we can swing that.
Also, just to make things more complicated, I think I want to include a small riding area somewhere, so there’s a safe place for the kids to ride without having to trailer anywhere. Of course, if I do that the amount of pasture I have to work with is even smaller.
Do I cut back on the pasture or the sacrifice area, or forgot the riding area? Where would I put the imaginary riding area – at the bottom, or at the top? Do you cap wood posts? What do you set your posts and/or t-posts in to keep them stable and sturdy? What kind of electric fence should I get? Where do I store the hay?
Can I just go back to daydreaming about the pony in my backyard, without having to do so much math, please?