We just put a bid in on a house.. Any red flags for this land??

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    10-08-2010, 10:07 PM
We just put a bid in on a house.. Any red flags for this land??

Just so you know I have not been here in person, I trust my husband and realtor that much! We have looked at 25+ houses though and they know what I'm picky about.

What do you think about this land for horses??

BELOW: This view is from the back yard (about 3/4 of the way back). I know its' not the best pasture land but we've got a year or so to work with it.

BELOW: Same view, a little to the left (yeah my husband is a great photographer, LOL)

BELOW: View to the right of the other two photos... I am ripping that ugly wierd plant out if we get the house.. And I'm not sure what kind of trees/bushes the other ones are.

BELOW: This is the opposite angle - straight back from the patio doors. You can see the little shed (soon to be barn). It's not at the back of the property, the land goes back beyong there! Lets please note my husband took NO PICTURES OF THE BARN!! :P

BELOW: This is from the middle of the yard facing the neighbors to the right (am I confusing or what?)

BELOW: This is from the front yard, I just put it on there because who DOESN'T want a swing in their front yard?!?!

BELOW: Last but not least, the view from the middle of the front yard.. 36 acres of empty field - we're tracked down the owners and we're going to see if they would let us ride in the field! It doesn't hurt to ask, right?!

All comments are welcome! Over all the house is on 1.5 acres (zoned for horses), the house & front yard on .5 acre, the rest on 1 acre.

AND HOW COULD I FORGET.. The neighbor's cute little donkey!!!
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    10-09-2010, 04:15 PM
Well, first of all congrats! It looks like it will work well for horses, I know some people will say it's not enough acreage, but I've seen boarding stables with 50 horses run off of 10 acres, so if you're just looking to get a couple horses it will be perfect. We have about four acres, but we only pasture about an acre of it, but we do let our horses out on the rest of it almost everyday. But be aware, you might as well just throw horses on it, it's not enough acreage to sustain a pasture, it will be drylot within a month or two.
    10-09-2010, 11:57 PM
Thanks!! We're super excited, they accepted the bid today! :)

You think one horse would eat it all up? We are probably just going to stay with one horse to begin with and maybe like a companion miniature or something.. If my hubby really likes riding we would buy him a horse (if there is enough room). We were also thinking of using the front yard as a pasture to alternate between the two, but how long would I have to have the horse off the pasture before it could properly re-grow? Hubby is not big on the idea of putting them in the front but he will if it will save us on hay!
    10-10-2010, 01:43 PM
They say you need 2 acres per horse to graze. I have 2.5 acres for 2 horses and I give hay all yr but less hay in the summer. That yard looks fairly barren so I would give them hay all yr unless they didn't eat it.
    10-11-2010, 03:19 PM
Originally Posted by churumbeque    
They say you need 2 acres per horse to graze. I have 2.5 acres for 2 horses and I give hay all yr but less hay in the summer. That yard looks fairly barren so I would give them hay all yr unless they didn't eat it.
Well the yard won't be barren after we move in and by the time we have horses in a year or two. Whether or not we put a pasture up there we will be watering the yard and fertilizing it (there are some really green areas so I don't think it'd be too hard) but we definitely will just have to anticipate feeding with hay with not having two acres!

Thanks for the responses!! :)
    10-11-2010, 03:24 PM
Amber, what's the required acreage for livestock there? Even though your neighbors have a donk, it doesn't mean you'll be able to put a horse on that land.

1.5 acres, even zoned agriculture, may not meet the county's requirements for livestock habitation.

I have 5 acres. The minimum allowable for one horse is 3 acres, with 1/2 acre for each animal thereafter. Which means I can have no more than 5 livestock animals at any given time.

Never trust a RE agent to know the zoning laws. You may think they're doing things in your best interest, but they're always looking out for their own salaries.
    10-13-2010, 03:54 PM
I agree, a lot of places around here are 5 acres for one horse, and another half acre per extra. So, I would check with the township to make sure before signing on the dotted line.
    10-14-2010, 10:55 AM
I'm sorry to be a downer, but I think that isn't enough land for a horse. You're right, the quality of the pasture is very low. It will be extremely hard to maintain any grass on a pasture that small, you will end up with a dirt lot. The horse will graze it down to nothing, and because you don't have space to rotate, no new grass will grow. I don't think you'd have any space for a yard, not even the front yard.

The ground also looks very sandy. I'm not familar with foliage/dirt in the area you're from, but I would be wary of sand colic.

I'm sure it could be manageable, but it will be a problem you would have to face.
    10-14-2010, 11:50 AM
It will be manageable, but don't plan on being able to only pasture feed them, I don't think with even one horse it will hold. Our pasture is about an acre and half and one horse and her baby ate it down to almost nothing in a month when we first moved here. We still have another acre and a half we let them roam on during the day and feed at least a half bale to each horse per day. I wouldn't get in too much of a worry about the sand, I've kept horses on sand with no problems, but you just have to be careful.
    10-16-2010, 01:13 AM
Green Broke
I'm sorry to add to the negativity but I live in Florida so I know the ground here. 1.5 acres is no where near enough. Right now I see sand on the ground well sorry to burst your bubble but that’s what it’s always going to look like, and it will look wore after you put a horse on it. You can fertilize all you want but the sand just doesn’t support growth. IMHO I would pass on this place. Sorry.

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