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  • Individual paddock sizes

    What size would you go for an individual paddock to be used as a long term solution?

    I have a horse that will have to be kept on solo turnout, but I am not sure what is an appropriate size for a long term individual paddock since I don't do the solo thing normally...

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  • #2
    Depends on if you want grass or not. I keep a mare in solo turnout in a paddock around 150x80, she has plenty of room to run around.
    come what may

    Rest in peace great mare, 1987-2013


    • Original Poster

      Well grass will definitely be sacrified... unfortunately. I don't have enough land to make a large enough paddock for a horse to be a) on solo turnout and b) have some real grass to munch on!
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      • #4
        My horses are in gravel paddocks attached to their stalls full time from Sept to May........and then have pasture for 2 to 3 hours am and pm from May to Sept......and in their gravel paddocks when not out on pasture.

        My paddocks are of varying sizes but most are about 24' x 100'.
        I also have two squares ones that about 80 x 80 and two smaller ones that 24' x 75'.

        Here is a picture


        • #5
          Knowing why the horse is on solo turnout might be helpful. If it's just to keep him away from other horses, go as big as you want If it's to help limit his exercise/prevent him from bombing around, a smaller recommendation would be better.

          If he is an easy keeper, a giant pasture will have a lot more available grass. Again, a smaller turnout may be better in that case- he'll naturally keep the grass from growing too lush.


          • #6
            My 2 sacrifice paddocks are each ~ 110' x 110', located side by side and have a gate between them if I want to open them up larger. I have 2 stalls each that open to each paddock. I feel there is enough room for a horse to have a good canter/gallop without going totally nuts. Also, I do get some grass/weeds that grow. Once I open the large pastures to the horses and only leave the horses on the sacrifice paddokcks at night, the grass comes up reasonably well.

            I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people...I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.


            • #7
              As big as possible!! (factoring in cost of good drainage and footing of course - I like crusher dust)


              • Original Poster

                Thanks for the replies

                This particular horse needs a different diet and can be hard to catch... Hence... Big, but not too big.
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                • #9
                  How big would you recommend for a horse that needs to have his ability to be an idiot limited?

                  I have one that is constantly pulling shoes in my big fields because he gallops around like an idiot. So looking for a good size that he can roam around and exercise but not big enough to get a good head of steam rolling.

                  My farrier is about to kill me, since this is the third time I've called in a week and a half to reset a shoe....


                  • #10
                    I'd say around 30x50.. and some bell boots


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by karlymacrae View Post
                      I'd say around 30x50.. and some bell boots
                      Thanks and yes, he does wear bell boots!


                      • #12
                        Not to hijack, but this got me thinking....

                        What is a good size for day turnouts for stabled horses that will likely be individual or with one friend? Likely no grass; dirt or gravel. I want to have a good balance between a sufficient number of paddocks but big enough that they can play a little.


                        • #13
                          Ours range from 80x40 to 45x30. We are cutting 2 of the larger paddocks into 4 (so we can have more in/outs) and they'll be around 25x35. But they also get seasonal pasture turnout (1/4 acre pastures), double stalls and are worked daily.


                          • #14
                            We built my horse a "solitary confinement" paddock that is 40x40. Our riding area (well, it's a riding area when the stars are aligned and is neither a mud pit or hard as a concrete parking lot) doubles as a turnout is 100x60 and shares a section of fence with a 40'x60' paddock. It's a backyard barn, dirt paddocks (no grass because of limited land), and all of the horses go out solo (though in the past the BO would put 2 horses in the arena if they were quieter beasts & got along well).

                            They can move around & be fresh, but dont have SO much room that they reallllyyyy get running and hurt themselves. I've been to barns where the standard was 50'x50' individual turnout for 1/2 or full day T/O.