In a recent post we discussed what to look for in a horse property. Once you’ve chosen the location, whether it’s one of the picturesque lots here at Wild Horse Ranch, you’ve decided on another home for your beloved animals, or you’re still searching for your ideal equestrian property, you will at some point need to begin planning your horse property’s design and layout. Among the top items you’ll need to consider are fencing and shelter, so let’s discuss the important things to keep in mind.
Near the top of the list of things you’ll need to consider is fencing. Your Wyoming land will provide plenty of room for your horses to roam, but it’s important to ensure that they stay within your property’s boundaries. At the same time, you may want the ability to keep your own horses separated from each other, lest you wind up with more animals than you planned for.
While it’s tempting to simply look for the cheapest horse fencing, this is rarely the best approach. Inexpensive barbed wire, for example, might keep the ponies contained but you could use up any savings on vet bills.
Your best options will be highly visible so that your equine friends can see it from a distance—horses are naturally farsighted. They will also be very sturdy, not easily knocked over by a randy stallion nearby hoping to get closer to your mares. They should be easy to maintain, and should stand up to the weather on the Wyoming grassland. And ideally, they should be attractive in appearance.
Many newcomers to the equine world are surprised to discover that horses’ shelter needs are less than most people think. The creatures are naturally able to regulate their body temperatures fairly well and can handle temperature extremes that we humans can’t tolerate. Some type of cover should be available, but you may find that when the animals are given the option, they use man-made shelter less than might be expected.
With that in mind, you have some options to consider. A fully-enclosed stable or barn is certainly an option, and if you choose to go this route, you’ll want to be sure that the building is well-ventilated and that stalls are cleaned daily.
A barn is the most expensive choice for a horse shelter, but you might prefer to save a bit of expense that you can use toward constructing your own Wyoming dream home. A less-costly though usually adequate option is a three-sided shelter. Plan for at least 100 square feet per horse, and lay out your shelter with the open side facing away from prevailing winds.
While it’s never too soon to begin planning the layout, if you’re still looking for the right location and you haven’t yet seen our available Wyoming ranch properties, get in touch with us here, or just give us a call at 877.468.9802 for a free information packet. And when you’re ready, we’ll be happy to take you on a no-obligation tour of the property.