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  • Am i able to put a horse on my property, portland or
  • Can I have a horse at my property 3/4 acre

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    01-05-2012, 12:17 PM
  #11
Trained
Using chainlinked fence or cattle fencing (kind of like chainlink but without the metal sticking up over the bar) would work for a goat. I just wouldn't put anything they can climb on right next to the fence because chances are they'll climb it and hop over. Goats are pretty cool though because they'll eat weeds that are around the house. They are garbage guts. I'm the same size as you and I fit very well on my 13.3 POA. So I think 13.3 to 14.1 would be a really good range for you. Maybe a little bit of an older horse (10 years would be good) that is broke for trail riding and will ride out alone.

If you don't go with a goat, a mini would probably be better then another pony due to the size of the area they'd be in.

Where do you plan on storing hay and grain? Tack?
     
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    01-05-2012, 12:22 PM
  #12
Foal
Kind of depends on the horse, but I was considering free-feeding round bales, and getting those plastic wrapped ones. Grain and tack could be stored in the 6x8 shed, which is currently empty.
     
    01-05-2012, 12:30 PM
  #13
Trained
For one horse, the free fed round bale would go bad by the time the horse got half-way through it. And I find free feeding round bales can waste so much hay if you don't have one of the metal things that go around them. I have 3 horses and they wasted so much by pooping and peeing in the hay.

I'd suggest building a shed or something for feed storage. It doesn't have to be large, but it'd be extremely helpful to have. You could try free-feeding for awhile until you get something built but I can just imagine the money going down the drain.

Covering hay stacked on pallets with tarps doesn't work well either. Our 3rd year of having horses, we lost 900 bales because we couldn't fit them in the barn. We had 11 horses at the time so we needed the hay, but there went over $2000 worth of hay. And cleaning it up was a mess too.

Live and learn though.
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    01-05-2012, 12:35 PM
  #14
Foal
What if I kept a round bale in the shop and pulled of however much daily to feed? How long would a round bale be likely to last a large pony and a mini?

We'd be getting our hay from the guy right down the street, so I don't really need to store a ton of it at once.
     
    01-05-2012, 12:37 PM
  #15
Trained
Also, currently with the snow on the ground, we are only feeding between 1 and 1-1/2 square bales of hay per day. My horses are 14.2, 15 and 15.1 hands and are between 1000 and 1200 pounds each. And they are still ummm...fat. LoL. They get grained about 4 times a week. 2 lbs of 12% sweet feed.

I can just imagine what a single pony would eat. Maybe 3-4 flakes a day? Depends on the horse though. Might be a super easy keeper, might be hard to keep weight on. Depends on where you live too and what seasons you have and the temperature as well. It been down into the teens here in Michigan at night and around 30 during the day. If it's 20 or below, my horses get put in the barn. Anything else, they are typically outside.

I also have a Curly and a Curly-cross and they have been known to withstand temperatures -40 degrees F.
     
    01-05-2012, 12:40 PM
  #16
Trained
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Originally Posted by Raen    
What if I kept a round bale in the shop and pulled of however much daily to feed? How long would a round bale be likely to last a large pony and a mini?

We'd be getting our hay from the guy right down the street, so I don't really need to store a ton of it at once.
That sounds like a pretty good deal.

Depending on the size of the round bale and how much you have to feed, It could last you up to a month.

The past couple of years we used round bales and since our horses made such messes of them, we did exactly that. Stored them and then pulled off what we wanted to feed and wheeled it out to them. We fed 4 horses like that and a round bale lasted about 10 days. We also fed grain.

With one less horse this winter, we went with square bales.
     
    01-05-2012, 12:42 PM
  #17
Trained
Check zoning laws for offsets. In the county where I live (AZ), you can have 4 horses/acre. However, there are offsets required depending on specific zone type, so I have to keep any corral 40' from a side property line, 10' from the rear, and 60' from the front. Any shelter I build has to be 50' from any property line.

In Arizona, it is pretty easy to keep horses in a corral. It turns to muddy yuck when it rains, but with 12"/year that USUALLY isn't a big problem. Rain and snow make it unpleasant pretty fast, so it would be much harder to keep horses in a corral elsewhere.
     
    01-05-2012, 12:42 PM
  #18
Foal
Definitely "easy keeper" is a criteria I'm looking for in my hypothetical pony. :)

We're in Southern Maine, it gets pretty cold here, but we don't have snow on the ground yet this year.
     
    01-05-2012, 12:52 PM
  #19
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In Arizona, it is pretty easy to keep horses in a corral. It turns to muddy yuck when it rains, but with 12"/year that USUALLY isn't a big problem. Rain and snow make it unpleasant pretty fast, so it would be much harder to keep horses in a corral elsewhere.
I hear ya. I'm in Michigan, but it's been either raining or snowing, and the ground hasn't had a solid freeze this year. And then stayed frozen. My pasture, all 3.5 acres, is a muddy mess. I have to drive my 4-wheeler all the way out and feed way out back because I don't want my horses standing in 12 inches of mud and muck. Gross. It's even worse in the spring time. I had to fence my horses to the back parts of my pasture because they all had a raging thrush infection.

This year we are doing some major damage control to the field to try and prevent it from happening again.
     
    01-05-2012, 12:56 PM
  #20
Foal
Yeah, if we do this the sacrifice area will be stripped of dirt and covered with some sort of footing that won't turn into a mud pit. Not sure what yet. The barn I'm leasing at has some serious mud issues I'd like to avoid if at all possible. The ponies will ONLY be on the grass when it's dry enough not to get churned into mud.
     

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