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        10-16-2010, 09:19 AM
      #11
    Weanling
    I agree with the other posters regarding the space and adequate pasture.

    The only thing I would add....is if you could track down the people w the property across from you (38acres of empty field).....they may let you rent the field ans use it as pasture land...worth a shot.....that way you can have the area on your yard to use in winter and non grazing times, and have access to the field when you need it....just a thought
         
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        10-18-2010, 09:07 AM
      #12
    Foal
    We did all of the homework before - I became pretty good friends with the people at the zoning office - in that county you actually only have to have one acre and they do not have restrictions on how many horses you can have on that one acre. It doesn't matter if it is zoned agriculture or residential, as long as there are no covenants on the neighborhood (which there aren't, we passed on a place that had a convenant on it).

    We didn't trust our real estate agent (but she was very honest) so I did the dirty work! But we also did manage to get ahold of the people who own the 36 acres across the road (our home inspector knew them and he hooked us up!) and they said they are fine with us riding out there anytime with no rent. So what we've decided is basically the back pasture will really be more like a paddock & we'll try to be riding 5+ times a week between me, my husband, and our friend who rides.. We wanted something with more like 5+ acres but we have a lot of restrictions that prevent it - my husband is active duty Army so we have to live close to base.. He will be going to school when he's done so we have to live close to a different town.. We have to be able to afford all of this on a teacher's salary and Army BAH for E5 once he gets out of the Army.. There were actually two houses to choose from (we have to have a house by January 1st) soooo we couldn't just pass it up and look somewhere else!

    Imagine that, with all the houses on the market there were two that met our criteria!! I'm nervous about the land but at this point I'm just happy it's possible to have horses!!

    Thanks for all the feedback (negative especially, how do you learn if you don't know what you're doing wrong) I really appreciate it!!
         
        10-18-2010, 09:12 AM
      #13
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by myhorsesonador    
    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 thatís what itís 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 doesnít support growth. IMHO I would pass on this place. Sorry.
    Do they have the same kinds of sands in Ocala as up here? This is by Milton (between Pensacola and Crestview) and I know there is a site where I can look up what kind of soil it is but I can't for the life of me remember what it's called right now. All of the places we saw around here had nice thick green pastures but I really don't know much at all about Florida except that it is warmer than where I'm from! It seems like there are a million houses for sale in the area but none with horses (in our price range).
         
        10-18-2010, 09:42 AM
      #14
    Foal
    So here is the new question!!

    It's a general consensus that my horse will not be grazing in my not-so-lush, not-so-massive 1 acre pasture - but is it enough room if I'm feeding hay year round? What other accomodations am I going to have to make (since we went through with buying the house)? I have plenty of room to ride, but what else do I need to take into consideration now?

    For example, do you think it would be okay to just keep one horse (with the donkey and goat next door sharing part of a fence with them?) Would that be enough interaction or would there be enough room for a small pony? AGAIN, negative or positive feedback is great to hear!
         
        10-18-2010, 09:49 AM
      #15
    Banned
    Is it optimal? No. Will it work just fine? Yes.

    If you are willing to feed hay all year then your 1 acre of fenced turn out should do fine.

    Accept that it will become a muddy mess in the wet season. Which will cause it to get all churned up and you will not have much vegetation after that.

    But your horses will not suffer if you are feeding them hay.


    One thing you might want to think about is manure management.

    With a small lot properly managing your manure is pretty important.
         
        10-18-2010, 11:41 AM
      #16
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AmberPick    
    Do they have the same kinds of sands in Ocala as up here? This is by Milton (between Pensacola and Crestview) and I know there is a site where I can look up what kind of soil it is but I can't for the life of me remember what it's called right now. All of the places we saw around here had nice thick green pastures but I really don't know much at all about Florida except that it is warmer than where I'm from! It seems like there are a million houses for sale in the area but none with horses (in our price range).
    yes sand is sand here. I also have some friends used to live in Pensacola and they said the sand was the same. :P Maybe get some sod? There is also some playses that have some kind of top soil that they can put down then plant your seed. Round hay bails are your friend. Just remember that. With thoughs things in mind you should do fine.

    On a side note my dad is an E7 in the navy reserve and he is stationed in tallahasse. Oh the joys of the millitary. >_< lol
         
        10-18-2010, 11:45 AM
      #17
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
    Accept that it will become a muddy mess in the wet season. Which will cause it to get all churned up and you will not have much vegetation after that.
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    Not here in florida. The sand that she has in her yard the water will soak right into the ground. Some times we wounder if it even rained. There are places here that do turn to muck but I don't see that happaning in her yard.
         
        10-18-2010, 11:48 AM
      #18
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by myhorsesonador    
    Not here in florida. The sand that she has in her yard the water will soak right into the ground. Some times we wounder if it even rained. There are places here that do turn to muck but I don't see that happaning in her yard.
    I have sand. You're correct in that the property drains well.

    However, when you have horses out on it they will turn it it a nasty, muddy mess.

    My front paddock is pretty much a dry lot at this point, because the horses have churned it up with their feet, and eaten any grass down to nubs.

    Which is why the horses will be rotated through my pastures, once the fencing is finally finished. I'll have 4 pastures, and the horses will be rotated every 2 days.

    Just because you have sand doesn't mean a horse can't turn a place muddy. Especially such a small acreage.
         
        10-18-2010, 01:21 PM
      #19
    Banned
    Thank you SR.
    Add that though you have sand and the OP has sand, your climates are different.
    It will be a muddy mess during the wet seasons.
         
        10-18-2010, 04:02 PM
      #20
    Yearling
    I doubt the whole pasture will be a muddy mess. Some of the low spots will be but I doubt all of it. Our pasture has places that are, but a lot that aren't. We don't have much more than an acre fenced in to be honest, but have an additional 3 acres that our horses get turned out onto to munch on grass. Haven't cut my lawn all summer . But we still feed each horse about 4 flakes a day.
         

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