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post #1 of 11 Old 08-16-2012, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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Question Whats a reasonable $amount$ to rent 1 acre of raw land for horse??

I live in Parker County TX in the country and am renting a house/duplex only. My landlord owns the property behind me which is around 1 acre. Im wanting to see if he will rent it out to me so I can put a horse that I might being getting there. Its not fenced nor does it have water or shelter. It is half covered with trees and has lots of good grass. I will be providing the water, fencing and shelter (if tree coverage isnt enough) so what would be a reasonable amount to pay monthly for something like that. My mom has her horse at an old cutting horse ranch on 35 acres that's fenced and water is provided for $65 a month but there is also 9 other horse with hers as well. I feel $50 might be reasonable but I don't want that to be too much for 1 acre and im being ripped off but I also don't want that to be too far under were he dismisses me. Just needing help with this one thing. Thanks

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If you're going to fence it, maybe those costs will pay for it for a certain amount of time? Anything you add-such as shelters, water access might be treated in that way -IF it is what the land-owner wants & agrees to.
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If you're going to fence it, maybe those costs will pay for it for a certain amount of time? Anything you add-such as shelters, water access might be treated in that way -IF it is what the land-owner wants & agrees to.
Keep in mind that fencing and a shelter will be considered "improvements" and the landowner's taxes will go up.

I think $50 per month is reasonable.
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I would love if they would take fence and any other things I add off the monthly amount owed however I don't see them agreeing to that. I still will present that though. I was thinking the fence would come down when I move since I am buying it. I already calculated and priced how much fencing Ill need and how much it will cost me. I would do T-post and barb wire or slick wire. I don't want anything I do to be permanent since I am just renting. The only way Ill leave it is if we discuss it and agree to something that works for both of us.

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Try not to use barbed wire around horses-the smooth wire is dangerous enough & please cap the T-posts. There was a bad injury on here just awhile back when a mare had it impale her because there was no cap. If you can use a strand or two of electric fence along w/the other, that seems to be some good horse-holding fence.
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Don't do barbed wire, please. I would recommend electric wire with t-posts, but make sure you cap the t-posts as I've seen far too many shoved through chests and such. Horses are danger mangnets, so it's best to limit any obvious means of destruction that you can.

ETA: ^^Posted same thing at same time
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I understand yalls concern and appreciate it. I thought about an electric fence and still am but I have two boys 5 and 3 years old and would hate for them to get zapped. Then I said "Well I can just turn it off when me and the boys go out". Now the neigbor kids shouldnt be near my pature or horse so if they get zapped opps. (I know that's mean! Lol) I know theres a first for everything but I have never had an incident with barb wire and where the horse is coming from they use barb wire. I actually priced and looked at electric as well. My first choice would actually be that flexible square wire fencing that you use for goats and stuff (I can't recall the name). It would be safe and keep out dogs and people. If any thing works out I have already looked into metal "No Tresspassing This Property Is Leased For Private Use" signs to hand on the fence.

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My first choice would actually be that flexible square wire fencing that you use for goats and stuff (I can't recall the name). It would be safe and keep out dogs and people.
I think you're talking about welded wire. We used 5' welded wire for our dog fence and it was around $50 for a $50 section. We did use wood posts (landscaping timbers) as they were actually cheaper than metal T posts (not to mention more sturdy/safer). You'll need to reinforce your corners regardless of whether you use wood or metal posts and find a way to stretch the fence very tight when you're putting it up (my dad rigged up some sort of a pulley gadget to hook to his truck hitch). It was very, very affordable and we fenced in over an acre.

With welded wire, taking it down after use won't be quite so easy (rolling it back up/transporting it would be a big chore), though, so you may have to resign yourself to leaving it up after you move on.

ETA: We got ours from Menards, a home improvement store similar to Home Depot. Here are some welded wire options from Home Depot: http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/cata...gry=SEARCH+ALL
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Thanks so much for your help! :) How far apart did you space your post?

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Any additional comments on the price to rent an acre would be greatly appreciated!!

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