So how many of you have ever heard of paddock paradise?? Check out this website for more details http://paddockparadise.com/ I've been wanting to try it, but I didn't own the lease land so I couldn't. Now that I have my own place I can do whatever I want. The pasture is only 5.2 acres so I think it would increase the productivity of the land to set something up. Here is a screenshot from Google Maps that shows my property.
The red line on the outside is the perimeter of the pasture (the yard is to the right and is another almost five acres, we have ten total). The perimeter fence is hog wire/field fencing with a strand of electric tape along the top. The blue will be interior fences made of portable electric tape. The green lines are gates. The part where the barn is (and where the new horse barn will be) is the dry lot. They will stay there when it's too muddy to be out on the track. The track is set up with wide corners where we will put hay, mineral/salt blocks, places to roll, toys, etc. I haven't decided if I will fence off the pine trees or not. The track is set up so they have to go to the end to get a drink and all the way back to the beginning for food. It encourages movement which is so good for them. We can cut hay on the open part where there aren't a lot of trees (and they can be let on there to graze or play). I'm not sure what size the arena will be, but the fenced off part to the left of it is mostly trees so it will be for riding on or whatever.
So what do you think? Have any of your tried a paddock paradise system? Or know someone who does? Any suggestions for making this one better? I haven't started on it so it's simple to make changes lol. Sorry if it doesn't make any sense. If you have questions or I didn't explain something well enough, just let me know. I have to run now. Later!