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post #21 of 25 Old 10-07-2013, 06:01 PM
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Originally Posted by KaskadeHD View Post
So my neighbor has 1 acre of property. It is divided into 2 sections. Both sections are completely muddy. There are a total 4-8 horses she keeps in there. She sometimes will move 2 horses to her back yard which is 1/8 of an acre.
I'm also in Pierce County, WA. I think it depends on where you are in the county and how the land is zoned. If it's zoned residential there may be restrictions on what kind of animals a person is allowed to keep. There also may be restrictions if this property is part of a subdivision governed by a Home Owners Association.

If the property in question is located in or near the shoreline of Puget Sound or a watershed that drains into the Sound the rules get really tight. They don't want runoff from animal waste getting into Puget Sound. I know you can't even build on waterfront property in some areas without meeting all kinds of restrictions on septic and drainfield requirements.

A couple places to check that might have more information are the Pierce County Extension office and Horses for Clean Water: Contact | Horses For Clean Water
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post #22 of 25 Old 10-07-2013, 07:08 PM
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2 acres per horse if you keep them on it and expect grass to sustain them.
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post #23 of 25 Old 10-08-2013, 09:46 AM
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Just because a horse is standing in mud doesn't mean it is standing in faeces. Horses will select potty areas even when allowed to run on large tracts of land. In the nearby village which governs a large municipality, they came up with a ruling of no livestock, as per dept. of agriculture description, may be kept within 100 ft of the nearest neighbor's dwelling. It's a good law as there were those who's roosters disturbed the neighbors, yet outside the village many had acreages and were a goodly distance from the neighbors dwelling.
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post #24 of 25 Old 10-08-2013, 12:00 PM
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I didn't read the whole thread, but wanted to also mention that (at least here in CO) some places are grandfathered in. There is a nearby trail/western type barn that has an absurd amount of horses on their relatively small property.
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post #25 of 25 Old 10-08-2013, 04:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag View Post
Just because a horse is standing in mud doesn't mean it is standing in faeces.
In this case it does. The OP said there were 4-8 horses on 1 acre. Actually it would be less than one acre as the house is also on the property.

I am in the same area as the OP. Unless you live in this area you have no idea what the mud is like. It is pouring down rain and hail right now as I type this. Average rainfall for September in this area is 1.5". We've already had over 9" of rain for the month of September and the first week of October.
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