If you have always dreamed of having horses on your land, you could be wondering what you need to do to make your dream a reality. It can be tough to envision horses on your land when it doesn't look remotely close to a horse pasture, but luckily, following these tips will help you get started. Then, you'll be ready to put up a fence and shelter and bring the horses in.
Get Rid of Trees and Underbrush
First of all, you'll probably want to get rid of most of the trees and the underbrush from your soon-to-be pasture. Although horses don't mind trees, they can get in the way of them having room to run, and branches can fall and cause damage to your fencing. Also, underbrush can be dangerous because it can scratch up the horses' legs, which can lead to infection. Many plants can also cause digestive issues if your horses choose to graze there.
Luckily, a tree removal service should be more than happy to get rid of your trees, and you can find Bobcat rentals to get rid of the underbrush. You'll be able to rent a Bobcat for a few days or for a weekend, and you can use it to easily dig up the underbrush and push it out of the way. Another option is to keep a few goats in a fence in the area; over time, they'll eat the underbrush and help you clear the land.
Flatten the Land
Next, you'll probably want to flatten the land. A nice, flat pasture can provide a better space for your horses to run and graze, and it will be easier for you to fence off. Simply have a load of dirt dropped off in the area, and use a Bobcat rental to push the dirt out and spread it across the pasture area.
Plant Grass Seed
Your horses will be at their healthiest if they have healthy green grass to graze on. Therefore, you'll want to plant a grass variety that grows well in your area. Plant plenty of grass seed, and allow it to take root and grow well before bringing horses in. Otherwise, they'll graze it away before it has the chance to grow.
Preparing your land for horses isn't as hard as you probably think. If you follow these steps, your property is sure to be horse-ready in no time flat.