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  • Two horses on half acre
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    02-26-2008, 06:58 AM
Considering that some show horses at the big show barns rarely even get outside, your half acre yard for your horse is magnificent by comparison. I had two horses on a one acre (and that included my house and my yard) property for 10 years and they did fine. You just have to feed all through the year and be scrupulous about manure pickup and disposal. That is always the tough part, but I am also a gardener so I managed to get rid of the pile each year. Composted horse manure all over the back lawn each spring looks awful for a couple weeks, but it does wonder for the grass.

So go for it. There is something so sweet about getting up on a summer morning, trotting out to the barn in your pj's and throwing your horse a flake of hay. The sun is shining, the birds are singing and your horse is so appreciative. What a way to start the day!
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    02-26-2008, 07:02 AM
Green Broke
Ty deb :) that does sounds like a great way to start the day! I love the smell of hay and horses in the morning idk why but I do .. so 2 horses had 1 acre maybe??? Half an acre for both look at that lol ya im going to have to figure out how to dispose of the manure ..
    02-26-2008, 09:09 AM
You should also make sure that you are zoned to have livestock on your property.

    02-26-2008, 09:11 AM
We keep 4 horses on about 2 acres in the winter. They have about 7 acres in the summer that they are on from may/june til aug/sept depending on how the grass holds up. I rotate them to the 2 acre dry lot when the grass gets stressed. Anyway the 2 acres is fine for them they can run around and have shelter from the winter weather. There is no way I can grow grass on it. I usually plant a little in the spring when I move them over but it takes them about a week to have it all gone in the fall. If you plan to keep him on a small lot plan on feeding hay all year, and add the storage space of that hay and a place for manure into your area calculation. 1/2 acre can fill up with manure pretty fast if you don't keep it cleaned out. Good luck in getting Lexi home, I really like having the horses right outside, couldn't imagine it any other way.

Edit: As far as manure disposal I have a small manure spreader(john deere). I use the poo myself around the property on flower beds, garden and pasture. I also give it away to family and friends for gardens. You could put up a little sign and sell it too.
    02-26-2008, 12:43 PM
And speaking of acreage, grass and manure......

I've got a big QH and a TB/QH mix.
Between them both, they put out about 15 gallons of manure a day which means that I'm dealing with close to 450 gallons a month.
That's a lot of crap to shovel-up and dispose of. .

I've found it much easier to deal with if I divide my pasture in half and rotate the horses from one side to the other each time they're wormed. Doing that also helps with controlling parasites. And it gives whichever grass they aint on at the time a chance to keep growing during the spring/summer.....'cause if I don't get them horses out of there occassionaly, they'll eat it clean-down to the dirt.

It is beneficial to whatever pasture you can spare, to let some of it go to seed sometime between the end of summer and the first fall frost. That not only ensures that it re-seeds itself, it later creates a layer of dead grass for protection during realy cold weather, hail storms or hard rains. And if you add some of that dried manure you've been collecting, it sort-of self-mulches and fertilizes itself when you run over it with a mower a couple of times later on, just before spring.

No way could a person manage all that with less than 1 AC-per horse to work with. Or at least, I know that I couldn't.
My two are on 2 AC's, plus there's a fenced-off, quarter-acre excersize yard which surrounds the barn. But even with that amount of ground to work with, there is some years that things still don't work out just right.

Your results may vary somewhat, depending on your own methods of up-keep. But if you move that horse onto a half-acre...and if you still have grass on it a year later..please let me know how you managed it.

DGW.... who still aint too old to learn.
    02-26-2008, 01:28 PM
Green Broke
Lol ill figure it all out before we even move lexi home we are going to build a barn and im going to plant some grass for a while I mean every summer we get about 5 in long peices of grass if not longer its just in the back woods that we are going to clear out we need to put some mulch down and plant grass down there

Lol ill tell you if I still ahve grass a year later :P

I still have to figure out what to do with the manure..

My aunts like you can pick out the stalls everyday and put it in a trash bag and the trash peoples will pick it up im like umm... lol and my aunt wants me to put a poop baggy on her haha!
    02-26-2008, 07:11 PM
[my aunts like you can pick out the stalls everyday and put it in a trash bag and the trash peoples will pick it up im like umm... lol and my aunt wants me to put a poop baggy on her haha!


The garbage people are not going to pick up your manure. For one thing, they don't come every day (at least where I used to live) and a single horse will leave you 1/2 a small wheelbarrow full each day and that doesn't include wet bedding. After a week, you are going to have a whole lot of bags each week.

What I used to do was build a pile in the furthest corner from the barn and keep it covered with a tarp. This kept the toxins from leaching into the ground water when it rain, and it also kept it moist in the summer so that it could continue to compost down. At that point it becomes deoderised and fluffy and black and is great for the garden. Or like some folks around the corner from where I lived, they had a small bin to dump it in and periodically had a company come and pick up the bin and leave an empty one. You could check into manure disposal outfits. Not sure what you would look under in the phone book for that.

While I made it sound idealic, realistically, it is also labour intensive.
    02-27-2008, 09:28 AM
I'm not sure if this would work on a small lot and this is for DGW too. I used to seperate my 7 acres in half and rotate them. A few years ago I planted warm season grass on half and cool season grass on the other. Now they self rotate, they pretty much stay in the half where the grass is growing by season.
    02-27-2008, 10:52 AM
Green Broke
That sounds like a pretty good idea. Thanks I think I might do that it might save some grass
    02-28-2008, 12:24 AM
Hi, I usta have a single horse, and all he had was a run in shed it was three and half sided. He seemed to be okay by himself, But I felt kinda bad, so inside his shed I put up a piece of that shinny aluminium, so he could see him self. And he LOVED it. That was his heard. But now he has a friend and we had to remove his aluminium, because he was not going to share his shelter. Now they do good.

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