For the past few days I have been working out different plans on how Situation #3 might work out as a retirement home for Big Guy.
The biggest work that needs to be done is at the front end of the pasture where it connects to the backyard of the Barn Owner as the fence there is no longer workable. In the (not to size) diagram above, the blue irregular shape is a wet water creek that separates the pasture from the owners back yard. Behind the “hay storage” block is approx. 2 acres of pasture (we will be leasing the neighbors adjoining pasture on a month to month for $70).
The brown lines are proposed fencing and I am considering the rail product by Centaur. It’s strong, provides a very obvious barrier, an inside the pasture, offset electric wire (“guard” strand) could be set and it would be fast to install. I need to crunch some numbers to make sure it is less costly though then simple wood.
Stall #1 and the feed/tack room is already there in an existing structure. Stall #2 would be added for whatever companion horse joins Big Guy. I’ve designed the ally to the feed room so the barn owner can go inside and feed the separated horses over the interior wall; I feel this would offer maximum safety to non-savvy horse people during feeding.
The hay storage will be a carport that is at the back of the loafing shed. This is something I will need to install. I’m hoping though it can wait until next winter.
The brown fenceline at top right (left to right) might end up being temporary fence panels. That way I can move it about if I don’t like it’s location or use it for other purposes (i.e. roundpen). However, with all of this measurements need to be taken as fencing is all about the linear feet.
Eventually, the perimeter fence will need to be slowly replaced. Right now though the biggest expense would be putting in water and electric to the loafing shed. The owner would do the water and we would do the electric which is cause for some concern as both would be quite the ka-ching.
On other news I may have a lead towards a possible retirement companion, another senior horse whose owners are retiring from horses. He would be about the same age and be kid friendly, allowing the barn owner’s children and my own daughter to ride. We’ll see how that unfolds as so many things in this situation will continue to change and evolve and may be finalized or decided that it won’t work at all.