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post #11 of 35 Old 01-03-2012, 02:58 PM
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I keep my horses on 5 acres. It is difficult in Illinois to find a split farm with that much. Many people buy an old farmhouse with about 2 acres adjacent to it. I know of one owner who keeps 5 horses on that. I have a friend who keeps her 2 horses on 6 acres.
I looked for 12 years to find what I wanted:
--REAL house
--REAL barn
--some kind of fencing there already
There were several places that almost worked, but I would have been difficult. One had 2 acres on the corner of 2 country roads, a nicely finished horse barn and turnout, but the really pretty house was really pretty small with 2 bedrooms, and just wouldn't work for the (then) 5 of us.
I spent 14 years boarding. The farmer (owner) kept diminishing areas for me to ride in, and I spent too much time crossing a really busy 2-lane highway--we used to call it the "SR150 Motor Speedway"--and rode ditches next to farm fields. I HATED it. There was trash in the ditches and sometimes drivers would play "chicken" and see how close they could drive next to your horse.
With 1/2 acre your schooling abilities are gonna be pretty small. I grew up in a suburban housing development and we had 1/2 acre. We could play baseball in the back yard...but that's about all.
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post #12 of 35 Old 01-03-2012, 03:13 PM
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That's crazy to me. Where I live, you have to have 5 acres for 1 SINGLE HORSE. ONE! And an additional acres for every horse after that. So to have 2 horses I need 6 acres, 3 horses is 7 acres and so on. That land doesn't have to be fenced in (which seems stupid to me) you just have to own it. We have 10.5 acres, and only about 3.5 fenced.
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post #13 of 35 Old 01-03-2012, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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Home Boarding on 1/2 acre

Hi Corporal,
I would much prefer to have 2 acres for sure but here in San Diego, it seems that you can find a house with approx 1/2 acre then for some unknown reason it jumps to 4,5 10 acres there doesn't seem to be an awful lot in between and believe it or not you will pay the same for 1/2 acre as you would for 8 or 9 acres that is something I don't get either. In certain areas of course.
A lot of the land is unusable in most cases, I worry about the wild fires that we get here in Socal, there is a lot of brush on the bigger parcels and I can only imagine the up keep.
We hardly get any rain here so that is a hazard in it's own right, even though I don't complain when the sun is cracking the flags.
The land suffers...
We are not in any rush to buy, so we'll keep looking and hoping that something comes our way.
Thanks for your post
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post #14 of 35 Old 01-03-2012, 03:16 PM
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I can't imagine keeping a horse on a 1/2 acre. I won't ever whine about my 40 acres of pasture not being enough again!

Good luck finding the perfect place!
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post #15 of 35 Old 01-03-2012, 03:29 PM
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Personally, I think that's too small if the horse's pasture/barn has to share the 1/2 acre with your house and yard. Most areas that I've heard of recommend two to four acres for the first horse, and 1/2 to 1 acre for every additional horse.

If you do keep a horse on that small of an acreage, you'll have to plan things out so you can keep the property very clean. You'll have to clean out your turnout areas very often and find someone who will take your manure. I recommend the book Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage by Cherry Hill.

Good luck!
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post #16 of 35 Old 01-03-2012, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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Home Boarding 1/2 acre

Hi Claporte432
Wow I can see why you would think that too.
I am not sure why the laws are so different from state to state, it doesn't make any sense to me either.
When I was back home in Uk I had 1 horse and I kept him on 4 acres but I don't remember ever checking with the council or zoning department what was right, I lived in the country everyone had horses not sure anyone ever checked but land was never an issue, it cost nothng to graze your horses or stable them, everyone did it themselves.
Here in Socal however such a different ball game, if you board your horse in a livery it cost around $800- $1000 per mth per horse day light robbery.
That is not including feed just includes hay & supplements, stable and turn out.
A bale of alfalfa hay here costs $22+ approx I heard it costs a fraction of the price in other states.
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post #17 of 35 Old 01-04-2012, 12:36 AM
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I'd never be able to afford a horse for $800-$1000 every month? *Jaw drops*

The most expensive board I've seen in my area was $700. My trainers barn does board for $230 a month, $525 a month for full training, full care and 5 days a week of work! Holy crap-ola. LoL.

This year, we paid $3.25 for approx. 60LB bales of 2nd cutting alfafla/timothy hay.
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post #18 of 35 Old 01-04-2012, 01:54 AM
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Check the zoning regulations before you put offers on properties. It's not just "can you have a horse" it's all the other regulations as well, such as how far from the property line do fences or shelters need to be.

I can't imagine a horse on 1/2 acre. I has my horse along with 1 other on 2 1/2 acres and it was CRAMPED. The outdoor arena couldn't be fenced as it was smack in the middle of the turnout as zoning regs wouldn't allow an arena anywhere near the property line. There was very little actual grass and everything turned to a giant stinky, muddy mess come Spring and that was with 2x daily manure cleanup.
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Keeping a couple of horses on 1/2 acre requires good management but it can be done, especially in So Cal where it's really dry most of the time. Look for Horse zoning, and check for CCR's, codes covenants & restrictions, that would limit your ability to keep your horses at home. When I lived in So Cal, it was SOOOO much easier to muck out, the poo dries up and weighs NOTHING, never stays wet & heavy. I had my riding area (NOT an official arena but it was fenced) and I put the manure in there and disc'd it into the dirt every week or so. My arena was 150 X 300 so it was a good sized area. Off the side of the arena I had individual pipe corrals 24 X 24 with a corner shelter to protect from wind/rain/too much sun. I graded the corral areas so that they sloped a bit and the water ran off and mud was rarely a problem. Of course, when you get those So. Cal. Downpours that occasionally last for 3 or 4 days, anywhere becomes a soggy mess. Because of the dryness, I never smelled the manure or urine in the house, nor did I have a big fly problem because of breaking up the manure and discing it into the dirt in the arena. I also had a swimming pool, never had a complaint about the smell from guests over for swimming and a BBQ. I was in a horsey area so never had a complaint from the neighbors about the horses, nor did they find any extra flies. I also hung those big Rescue fly traps around the stalling areas, they trapped a lot of the flies and fly predators did a pretty good job with the rest.
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