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Home and Acreage

Many horse owners have their horse on the same property as their house along with enough acreage to support their horse's nutritional needs. Whether you want to design your own property for an overall horse home or you want tips on maintaining your farm or ranch and its acreage, Horse Illustrated has you covered with its articles on home and horse farms. Delve deeper into topics, such as arenas and footing and pastures and fencing. Topics include designing your perfect horse property, building a barn, creating an arena on site and how to maintain that arena, types of footing, pasture maintenance, managing mud, poisonous plants, types of horse fencing, what fencing to avoid, and more.

Horses are physiologically designed to graze nearly constantly (up to 15 hours a day), but health issues such as obesity and high risk for grass founder can make it necessary to restrict their grass intake. Though the idea of...
If you’re like many horse property owners around the country, suburban sprawl and increased development has made your neighbors these days less likely to be farmers and more likely to be folks unfamiliar with horses. This scenario can be...
Even small tractors are a big investment, so it’s important to get the right size tractor for the work you need to get done. Horsepower is what puts the giddyup in a compact tractor, but don’t get too tied...
What does your dream setup look like? A cozy cottage with a view of your horses grazing out back, or a commercial spread complete with indoor arena? Whether big or small, horse properties are a special niche; equestrian realtor...
Just like humans, horses can grow tired of certain situations and develop a sour attitude toward a repetitive job. Nothing is more frustrating than a horse that acts up only in the show ring, giving the impression that he...
Electric fencing remains a very popular and effective fence choice for many horse properties. And it’s for good reason: Electric fence is reasonably low-maintenance (no wooden rails to paint!) and typically does a fine job at keeping horses safely...
For over 50 years, the “green” movement has been gaining ground, encouraging everyone to be conscious of the critical need to take care of the earth’s limited resources. One significant way to contribute is to recycle at the barn...
Horses are some of the most majestic animals on this planet—and if you don’t believe us, just take a moment to watch one running in a field. Their movements are so graceful, so powerful, it’s no surprise that these...
On a rise near the edge of our horse property, we have two adjoining pastures. This is where a couple of our horses graze from morning until night all year long. In the spring, these two pastures are well-groomed...
Most horse owners must purchase hay every year—a process that can be somewhat frustrating as it puts you in search of hay year after year. While some horse owners may be fortunate enough to find a reliable hay provider,...
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