Keeping horses in the field requires ongoing maintenance of the pasture. Getting into a regular routine of daily, weekly and seasonal checks and maintenance will help you to keep your pasture as healthy and safe as possible. You can find out how to maintain the pasture for your horse in our pasture management guide.
Where should you keep your horse?
No matter where you put your horse, a safe barn and secure pasture should be priorities because horses are amazingly prone to injuring themselves.
Can you leave a horse outside?
Over the summer leaving your horse out in their pasture overnight isn't much of a worry. However, with winter drawing in you might be feeling bad about leaving your horse outdoors overnight. Horses can thrive with a combination of being stabled and having free rein of the pasture.
Where do you put horses outside?
Horses should have access to shelter from wind, sleet and storms. Free access to a stable or an open-sided shed works well, as do trees if a building is not available.
How much does it cost to keep a horse in a field?
It can be estimated that keeping a horse or pony on Grass Livery or Field rent would be around £3,000 – 3,500 per year. In contrast, keeping your horse on Full Livery may cost around £7,000 – 10,000 per year. It's also advised to keep around £1,000 per year back for unforeseen expenses.
What is it called when you tie a horse to something?
Tying a horse, sometimes called racking-up, means securing a horse to a fixed object by means of a halter and lead rope.