Could i keep a horse on this property?

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    01-11-2013, 06:53 PM
Could i keep a horse on this property?

Sometime this year, i'm getting a horse. But there are NO stables/barns or agistment properties near my house, and my parents don't want to travel. I live on a 2 acre property and was wondering if I would be able to keep a horse on it. The paddock would be about 1.5 acres big. I'd have to do a lot of work to it, but I would be willing. I'd fence it off and put in a shelter.
The problem is it is on a slope, and the only 'flat' part is right down near the river. I plan on getting a horse between 15hh to 17hh and maybe a sheep or alpaca as a companion. I have some photos and was hoping that I could get your opinion on whether I should or shouldn’t keep a horse here. The photos are really bad though Thanks!
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    01-11-2013, 07:00 PM
I don't see any reason you couldn't.
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    01-11-2013, 07:30 PM
Green Broke
Looks fine except maybe that the grass isn't the best, and kind of patchy. Might be just the time of the year. In the fourth pic, which direction are you facing? I would probably put a shelter there on the other side of the geese.
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    01-11-2013, 08:31 PM
Sure, if your zoning permits.
    01-12-2013, 01:26 PM
Green Broke
After its fenced and after you check zoning , you will probably need to feed hay
as that is sparse for feed.
    01-12-2013, 01:34 PM
I don't see a problem either. Depending on how much rain and wind you get, I'd put the run-in on top of the hill, open side facing the least wind exposure, to avoid mud. And yes, be prepared to supplement hay.
    01-12-2013, 04:38 PM
I wouldnt worry about a slope. The only flat place on our entire property has a round pen on it and that's it. Our pastures are much steeper than yours with no flat spots so, that would be fine.
    01-12-2013, 05:00 PM
I think it would be fine! You might also want to split it into two, so one part is a sacrifice lot with the run in or shelter and the other one a pasture, that way you could let them a have a little bit of pasture during the summer!
    01-12-2013, 05:15 PM
The sloping land keeps horses more fit. While you are thinking of this check out Paddock Paradise, the web site, not the book and see how people have set up their land to encourage movement.
    01-13-2013, 09:07 AM
How much does the river come up when it floods? I would make sure to split the pasture into 2 so when the river comes up you can keep your horse in the upper section till the water is down and you can check fences

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