Little more then a half an acre??!!??

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    02-25-2008, 07:49 PM
Green Broke
Little more then a half an acre??!!??

I want to move lexi to my house but the back yard only has maybe a little more then half an acre we're planning on clearing out the back woods planting some nice grass building her a small 1 stall [10x12] barn. She would be getting ridden almost everyday down in this sand pit that's over 20 acres and she could get a lot of good excerzise down there and I could set up some jumps. We have a dog that could maybe become good friends with her. Just wondering what you thought cause im getting a little tired of boarding. Say what ever comes to mind. If you need anymore info just ask :)
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    02-25-2008, 08:28 PM
Green Broke
15 veiws no answers?? Come on peoples I need ur help!
    02-25-2008, 08:47 PM
I think I read somewhere that you can comfortable have 1 horse to an acre, but i'm probably wrong. 1/2 an acre for her to be turned out I think is good, because she's not going to be staying there. And as you said you'll have ample room to exercise her. The only bad thing I can think of is that she might become lonely because she doesn't have another horse to talk to.
I would say it would be fine to move her and if you do see that she's getting lonely, you could always ad on to her stall.
    02-25-2008, 08:59 PM
Green Broke
Ya I was thinking she may become lonely I was thinking about getting a mini as well but idk I mean she'll be getting attention from me every single day for 2 hours maybe more if no hw or anything .. ty for replying lol at least someone does :)
    02-25-2008, 09:11 PM
Well its always good for an animal to have its own kind. Everything my fiance and I get are in multiples. We have 2 ferrets, 2 horses, 5 fiddler crabs. That way if we can't devote enough time to them, they'll have company and be able to use all their energy (or most of it) playing with each other.

A mini sounds like a good idea, or even if you get a companion horse that's a rescue. I also heard goats are good at keeping horses company, but I havent tried it so I wouldnt know.
    02-25-2008, 09:14 PM
Green Broke
Lol I love goats :P I think I might get her goat she seems to have a interest for them (the palce I board has 4) lol

I also going to miss some of the people at the barn tho :( lol but I want her in my back yard do I wont have to drive 30 mins and I can only see her on the weekends so her getting saddle broke right now isnt happening in the summer ill be able to go up there a lot but idk lol

Hope to hear from a few others [hint to other veiwers!]
    02-25-2008, 09:21 PM
Don't fret over people not posting. If they viewed it and didn't respond it could likely be that they didn't know how to answer it.

Hopefully by the summer my fiance and I will have a house and move our horses there. We're finding it hard to find the time to spend with them and train them. It's more or less we have plenty of time to spend with them, if the place was open past 7pm. We are really looking forward to riding more, training them more and spending more time with them, so I understand why you want to move her to your house.
    02-26-2008, 02:42 AM
I understand your wanting to have your horse close by but unless you're planning to stall it a lot, It'll eat that half acre lot down perty-fast. And even faster if you do add a mini (or goat) and/or use that same 1/2 AC as an excersize or riding area.

One perty-much needs 1 AC of good grass per horse and depending on the weather and the type of grass you have, there'll be times that even that much may not be enough.

Hope this helps.
    02-26-2008, 06:45 AM
If you exercise her than no wrong with 1/2 acre. I'd say its' more than some horses have in my area (like 15 horses on 3 acres).. I don't have lots of space either for my 2, but boarding can be pretty bad (those expensive barns are REALLY expensive, and my horse was beat up pretty badly in 2 cheaper barns :( ).
    02-26-2008, 06:53 AM
Green Broke
Well we are planning on growing the grass pretty tall before she gets there also she will be turned out at certin times per day cause she likes her scedual lol but we are planning on putting a bale of hay out there aswell and we can always regrow the grass. Lol and when the front lawn needs mowing (the other half of the acre) ill put lexi in there lol

And ya she will be ridden / excerzied out in the sand pit of about 20 acres almost everyday. Ill leave a day for her that she can have to herself :)

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