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    01-23-2009, 06:47 PM
Larra -- just how much land do you have available anyway? I have 157 acres, but it's mostly bush... to many people anything more than 5 acres is unthinkable... Personally, I find our land too confining. I want 500 acres minimum one day!
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    01-24-2009, 10:09 AM
We're looking at a place now. The guy is a trainer and he's moving out of state. He has about ten acres in hay and does 2 cuttings. He has a neighbor come in and farm the hay for half of the hay. The current owner had 16 horses and didn't have to purchase any hay, only some feed in winter. He still has tons left. Anyway, he does only two cuttings in summer, doesn't fertilize, but lets the horses graze that field all winter long. This piece of property is 25 acres. Only about ten are in hay.
    01-24-2009, 02:55 PM
Im pretty sure Atlanta is in the same growing zone as me...Zone 8. My trainer has 25 acres...10 for turn-out and 15 for growing hay (which never has horses on it). She feeds hay heavily in winter to all the horses and usually only once a day during the summer to ease up on the grass eating when it is to hot to grow. If you want to cut hay you can not put horses on it. It will never get to a length proper for cutting.
    02-02-2009, 10:32 AM
Originally Posted by farmpony84    
I asked my husband and he doesnt think you are going to be able to hay the same land they are turned out on. You'd be better off doing a sacrifice lot (which would be like a corral that you can shut the in that will more then likely always be dirt). Then have your pasture, and you can monitor your grass and keep it from being eaten down to much. Keep them up in the lot when it's really wet so they don't tear it up and also pull them off the grass entirely for the winter. Then if you can get yourself a 2 or 3 acre section that they are not on at all you can probably bail enough to get you through the year... hope that helps.
yeah you r probley right.
I guess it won't hurt that bad to buy a little hay.
    02-02-2009, 10:36 AM
Originally Posted by northernmama    
Larra -- just how much land do you have available anyway? I have 157 acres, but it's mostly bush... to many people anything more than 5 acres is unthinkable... Personally, I find our land too confining. I want 500 acres minimum one day!
I don't have a pasture but I have 40 acres. I'm trying to find out how much land to clear.
    02-02-2009, 11:09 AM
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We cleared about 10 and it doesnt seem like it's enough... we are still in the pasture building stage though... it seems like it takes forever...
    02-03-2009, 03:11 PM
OK.. doing a LOT of reading and pasture management reading I think i'm going with 4 acres for my 2 horses! Time to get out that dozer!!!!!!!!

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