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post #21 of 27 Old 12-30-2011, 12:09 PM
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I think your land is fine if you do the following:
1. Sturdy fencing, limbs will come down on it so I'd look into rail/pipe.
2. Hire someone to brushhog it - clear out all shrubs and trees less than 10in. In
Diamater. I would also thin out the smaller trees to allow light and maybe you can get some grass to grow.
3. Cut all low branches off trees.
4. Build your shed and allow room for a small paddock in case you need to keep the horse up.

How many acres? Do you have access to trails where you can ride? How is your yard, can you ride around it, lounge, train, exercise? Do you plan on having a buddy for your horse? Some horses are fine being alone, but I wouldn't recommend it they could get depressed, will be lonely. I'd get a horse unless you just want a mule. Hills are fine for horses.
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post #22 of 27 Old 12-30-2011, 12:17 PM
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TWH,I have always had horses and was able to keep them at home.. If I had to pay board bills, I imagine I would not have horses.

Just because you can't afford to pay monthly board bills doesn't make you incapable of keeping or affording horses. I am constantly amazed at how much board is and how much a person pays for it.
ITA -- boarding and home keeping are two different animals (no pun intended, lol). The cost of homekeeping our three is far less than the lowest fee I have found for ONE horse to be boarded at any of the area facilities.
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post #23 of 27 Old 12-30-2011, 12:43 PM
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ITA -- boarding and home keeping are two different animals (no pun intended, lol). The cost of homekeeping our three is far less than the lowest fee I have found for ONE horse to be boarded at any of the area facilities.

People that have only boarded horses don't realize how inexpensive they are to keep at home if you have a pasture, buy your wormers online, and administer most of your own vacs. My horses cost me $400/year each...about the same as my dog...
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post #24 of 27 Old 12-30-2011, 05:36 PM
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Face, my math works out pretty much the same or less, (except for the farrier) except when I consider property tax, the cost of the tractor, fertilizer, lime, diesel fuel for the tractor, the hay shed we put up, etc. - all the things that allow us to maintain our place decently and keep the horse care cost low.

Now, I am not arguing that home care is not substainally cheaper than boarding, it is. The only board I could afford after having children and before have our own place was self care pasture board.

However, I have seen a lot of people get in to keeping a horse at home and do it very badly because they didn't realize the actual costs, equipment or work involved, and I want to make sure that the OP has the total picture.
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post #25 of 27 Old 12-30-2011, 07:22 PM
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True, but one must also take into account that country properties, even with acreage, are no more than, and in many cases less than, city properties. In addition, the property taxes are substantially lower in the country than in city subdivisions.

There are so many variables to factor in it is almost impossible to really factor in a "farm" cost into the picture. Iwas a breeder for many years, so was able to write off fences, tractors, barns, feed and farrier, part of my utilities and insurance, and a host of other things, which (depending upon your tax bracket) is like getting a 25% - 40% discount on everything.

It definitely gets a bit convoluted...
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post #26 of 27 Old 12-30-2011, 09:00 PM
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I have 10 acres, tilled, seeded regularly. Costs me $1500 a year for 2 horses' hay supply. Must be more expensive because from late September to beginning of May, there is no grazing. $400 a year? I so wish!
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post #27 of 27 Old 12-30-2011, 09:18 PM
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I have 10 acres, tilled, seeded regularly. Costs me $1500 a year for 2 horses' hay supply. Must be more expensive because from late September to beginning of May, there is no grazing. $400 a year? I so wish!
Yeah, my ranch is in central Arkansas - a bit different climate. I only have to hay from December 1 to April 1, which is 3 months less than you. Plus I suspect my $30 for a 1,000 round bale is less than in areas outside the midwest...
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