I have recently moved house and have discovered that there is an orchard above the house which, though currently grazed by a bunch of cows, could possible be used (according to the estate manager) to have a horse in. There are stables across the road which might be available as well! So today I cleared the way through to the orchard but there are a few problems. First of all, the fencing is sheep wire (the one with the large squares) and a leg could get caught in this (should i build a new fence? just inside the perimeter?).
Secondly, there is a large number of apple trees (about 15-20) populating the orchard and I was wondering about the health issues surrounding this (e.g. what if the horse eats a cooking apple, if one variety of tree is of that kind? And how could I stop the horse eating ALL the apples without fencing the trees off completely?).
Lastly, the ground is dug out in some places for drainage and has shallow depressions reaching for about 20 meters and running through the field, what if the horse rolled and got wedged into one of them? Would a horse do that (roll next to a ditch) or are they clever enough to know not to?
Those are my main concerns :)