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post #11 of 22 Old 10-31-2011, 01:41 PM
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Yeah my gardens aren't that big, but I live it is marsh (think peat moss it doesn't grow anything because it is to wet), or rock (used to raise peoples properties out of the marsh and bogs), so I have to "make" my own soil out of manure, old hay, shavings and saw dust as well as good old sea weeds and eel grass. All my beds are raised as well.

Manure once dried and composted is only 20 percent (something like that) organic material, the rest is water so I need a lot.
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post #12 of 22 Old 10-31-2011, 01:56 PM
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A couple pet free-roaming chickens make for great fly control. Just a suggestion if it's possible to look into for you... I live out in the country, so nobody really cares if we have chickens running around LOL. They tend to stay in a certain area anyways.
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post #13 of 22 Old 10-31-2011, 03:12 PM
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I tried to make it as true to size as possible. My diagram is representative of an are just under one acre in size and each square represents 7ft. Even though she has 2 small horses on 1 acre, she has virtually no flies, because she is constantly picking up manure and old shavings, and then puts them in a dumpster to be hauled away.

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Just a side note, My parents just got back from a 3week vacation in Ireland! :) A MR. O'BRIEN gave them an old horseshoe from his foxhunting cob. He owns a Bed and Breakfast by St. Patrick's Rock of Cashel.
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post #15 of 22 Old 10-31-2011, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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I tried to make it as true to size as possible. My diagram is representative of an are just under one acre in size and each square represents 7ft. Even though she has 2 small horses on 1 acre, she has virtually no flies, because she is constantly picking up manure and old shavings, and then puts them in a dumpster to be hauled away.

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This is awesome! There is even room for a pool!! Thanks for posting this!!!
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This is awesome! There is even room for a pool!! Thanks for posting this!!!
You are very welcome! Let me know if you have any Questions, or like I said, if you can't read something!

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I think AQHA's neighbors setup is great! I think thats one of the best setups. Hey, you mentioned watering a field is obviously to expensive, what about just watering like say, a 20 by like 20 area? Then you can give your horse just a little hand grazing time to enjoy some grass. Good luck

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OP, you should get the book Horesekeeping on a Small Acreage. It has layouts as small as 1/2 acre, plus a lot about manure composting.
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OP,

It is possible to do an excellent job keeping horses on small acreages, but the *key* thing to remember is the smaller the acreage, the more labor and cost intensive. If I were going to keep a horse on less than an acre in a arid climate, here's a couple of things that I would consider "must haves" -

Excellent quality fencing. Someone with good grazing and companion animals might get by with electro tape, but smaller acreages require excellent, secure fencing because the animals are much more likely to challenge the fence.

Cross fencing. You need to divide the are into 2, 3 or even 4 grazing areas to manage the mud and mess. One of the areas needs to be a "sacrifice" area that the horse goes out on in bad weather, the others need to be managed carefully to maintain some limited grazing.

Manure removal or composting. Even if you know a very serious gardener, on 1 acre, you will need a very well maintained manure compost pit or regular manure removal. The smell of the manure composting other than in a well maintained pit will be ... interesting.

Reliable sources for hay and bedding and storage for both. This is a tough balance. You can either pay more for regular small deliveries of both products, or sacrifice some of your precious space for storage.

Another area close by for exercise, or a truck and trailer to haul somewhere for exercise. A horse will not get its basic exercise needs met wandering a 1/4 or 1/2 acre paddock.

A tiny companion animal, like a mini goat. Most horses just don't do well by themselves, while there are exceptions, I would try to find a tiny, low maintenence companion animal.

For me, in the SE US, it made much more economic sense to buy a larger property and have lower horse maintenence cost and labor. But that's me, and the SE US - your mileage will definitely vary.
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OP, you should get the book Horesekeeping on a Small Acreage. It has layouts as small as 1/2 acre, plus a lot about manure composting.
I bought this book at the recommendation of someone on these boards and it is excellent! I didn't see anything about a place under 2 acers, however. I'll def. go back and look again! Thanks!
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