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  • How much is .7 acres
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    01-05-2012, 12:59 PM
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I know my 14.1h Arab mare (SUPER easy keeper on 3 acres of limited grazing, with 2 llamas) shares a single 5 lb flake of alfalfa with the llamas and has unlimited grass hay that she really doesn't touch, everyday and she stays chubby.
I also give her a pound of Enrich 32, which is a ration balancer, to make sure she gets the vitamins and minerals she needs.
It's not a lot which is really nice. I've found that getting alfalfa is the cheapest option for me since I'd have to feed her SO much grass hay to make up for what a single flake of alfalfa does. One 140lb bale of alfalfa lasts me for over 3 weeks.
Of course, you'd need to figure out what's appropriate for your pony but one easy keeper is a pretty great thing! :)

If your going to do this, I really hope that farmer lets you lease his field. Otherwise, your backyard is going to turn into a mud pit.
I thought that having a horse on 3 acres was going to be pretty mud-less but that is not the case. There's mud everywhere. Not as bad as it'd be if I had more than one horse but it's pretty bad.

ETA- that's an excellent idea to cover your sacrifice area with something to keep the mud down. I bet if you used some sort of outdoor arena footing (maybe that's your plan), you could be in business.
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    01-05-2012, 11:11 PM
Green Broke
I've seen horses kept in backyards on corner lots so yes you can do it on .7ac.

Best thing for your sacrifice area is sand. You will want to clean out the poo at least once a day, twice if you have the time. They can pound the poo into your sand which in turn can turn into slop when it rains.

For your inevitable fly problem during the summer, use fly predators.
    01-06-2012, 05:04 PM
In my opinion, I wouldn't even think about putting one horse, let alone two on .7 acres. I currently live on 4 acres, and my horse has a 1 1/2 acre pen. He mowed that grass down. And when it rains, he tears up his pen. I hand graze him, and sometimes just turn him loose in the backyard which is fenced in with chain link. I would recommend getting a goat or miniature horse as a companion for your horse. Also, plan on feeding plenty of hay. Those horses (or horse and goat lol) will mow that grass down in no time. Definitely ask that farmer if you could rent the hay field. Whatever you decide to do, good luck!
    01-06-2012, 05:08 PM
I've decided not to do this unless we can rent the pasture behind our house. There are other fields in the area we might be able to rent, but since the whole point of this endeavor is to have the pony at home, I only want to bother with adjacent land.

Thank you, everyone, for all the great advice.
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    01-06-2012, 05:40 PM
It's really great to see you put so much thought into this and be so rational and take everyones advice. I wish you luck in renting the land
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    01-06-2012, 06:23 PM
Raen, In England the grass is good but 0.7 acres is not really enough for one horse, which can be a poor utiliser of land. The only way it would work is to keep the horse in a stable for most of the day - as they do race horses etc.
The 0.7 acres would have to be divided by electric tape so that the land can be rested. The dung would have to be picked up. The wet areas would have to be protected from scuffing and you'd have to take care that the weeds don't take over. You'd need a small flat training pen as well plus somewhere for a muck heap

As for two horses, whatever size, - no not really. I would not suggest a goat, but even if you used a sheep then there would be two mouths eating the same area of grass.

No, you need access to more land. I'd say even with living out and dividing fields up, you need at least 1.5 acres + training pen, + muck heap + stables and hay store.. If you bought as company a shetland or a retired horse to live out, then you'd need another one and a half acres - of good grass - minimum.
Remember a confined horse gets frustrated. The scientists say they like to spend their day grazing.

If all you have is 0.7 acres then book the horse into the local livery yard/barn and bring it home for week ends and holidays.
    01-06-2012, 07:21 PM
Green Broke
Violet is a lovely pony & certainly big enough to carry you-I'm the same size & weight as you. Hope you can get some of the hay field-that would be awesome!
    01-07-2012, 12:44 PM
Raen, when I read your first post I thought you were on the right track. Turnout into the larger area when it's ready, sacrifice area, etc. What you might wish to investigate is building a track around the perimeter of the larger area and letting that be the sacrice area as well. The horses will move far more looking for small hay piles. The center would remain for brief turnouts for fresh grass. If you google paddockparadise you can see examples of tracks.
    01-08-2012, 06:39 PM
You can keep a horse on tiny acreage, but it is a lot of trouble. You will have to totally provide the horse's food supply. You will have to pick up and dispose of all droppings. In my experience, goats are a pain. They get out. They yell loudly when unhappy and they sound like a screaming child. This cannot be good for neighbor relations. A small pony or mini would be a better option. If you use a round bale, it needs to be covered and fixed to that they cannot get on it and trample it and pee in it.

It will be a lot of work, but it may be worth it in the board it saves you. I kept two horses on an acre for one summer. They were fine, but it worked me half to death.
    01-10-2012, 02:03 PM
Originally Posted by Raen    
Possibly even Violet? How cute is this girl?! Am I too big for a 13 h pony?

Why yes, of course I've already been horse shopping.
Ha! I saw her ad too recently- she is a sweet looking girl. I'm always "casually" looking for the same thing you are. I'm in SW NH.

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