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post #1 of 7 Old 04-18-2012, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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Question How many acres per horse in FL?

I live in Florida and my parents are planning on buying our own house soon, (currently renting a piece of crap.) I've been desperately searching for a place were I could could finally get a horse of my own and keep it on the property. I was just wondering, how many acres can you legally keep a horse on in the state of Florida? Like, what is the minimum? Thanks!

(Oh and just a side note, I didn't quite know which section this went under!)

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post #2 of 7 Old 04-18-2012, 06:40 PM
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[QUOTE=missyred;1460797]I live in Florida and my parents are planning on buying our own house soon, (currently renting a piece of crap.) I've been desperately searching for a place were I could could finally get a horse of my own and keep it on the property. I was just wondering, how many acres can you legally keep a horse on in the state of Florida? Like, what is the minimum? Thanks!

(Oh and just a side note, I didn't quite know which section thi
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I live in fly. in and unincorporated part. It's interesting you can't put as many horses on an acre as you can fit...
Depends on your zoning. But we have a big uproar tho because the chickens are limited go figure...
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Depends on the county and any CC&Rs. In Arizona, in Pima County, the county answer is 4/acre. However, many developments have CC&Rs that limit it to two, or even none. Do NOT buy anything without carefully reading any CC&Rs AND the county zoning laws. They often do not make sense, but they are legally binding.

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post #4 of 7 Old 04-19-2012, 06:27 PM
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In my post I meant you can have as many horses on an acre as you want....
There are alot horses in Fl. needing homes...
I know some good options around my area. Hope you areready for a hot summer. ;)
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We lived in Florida for many years and the answer is: it depends. It depends on a lot of things. First, the property has to be zoned for horses, or be totally rural. Because of spreading subdivisions, even totally rural places may be a problem. Look at the zoning before you buy.
Second: I'm not sure if you're asking how many horses are allowed on an acre, or how many horses an acre can support?... And again, it depends on where in Florida you are. The Panhandle or Central Florida is very different from Southern Florida. Most of Florida is mainly sand and scrub. Pasture has to be encouraged and maintained. If you aren't willing to do that, be prepared to feed hay to some extent almost year round. How many horses are allowed is determined by each city, township or county.
Florida is a HUGE state....Where are you looking at property?
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One horse needs an acre. 2 horses an acre and a half. That's a minimum for a horses needs so go bigger for happier horses if you can afford it.
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post #7 of 7 Old 04-24-2012, 10:28 AM
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I don't know about Florida's zoning laws, but here in Oklahoma, if the zoning allows horses at all inside the city limits, you have to have a minimum of 2-1/2 acres. Guess it has something to do with the manure. My aunt in Tulsa had a neighbor with two horses on 2-1/2 acres, and they had to feed hay all year round - there was some grazing, but not much. Then again, they didn't take very good care of the place, either.

We live in a very rural area with no zoning laws. We have 15 acres and five horses. It's not nearly enough, in my opinion, since a lot of the pasture is still covered in trees. What pasture we do have rehabbed - about 4 - 5 acres - still won't feed the horses full time - they can graze it down quick! It went from knee high to about 2 inches tall in less than a month, and that was with seed and fertilizer.

In you situation, the more land you can get, the better off you will be. If you only are able to have an acre or so in pasture, be prepared to do the mainanance required - you'll need to clean up the manure daily (trust me, if you don't, it will get ahead of you very quickly - that's the voice of experience!). You will need to keep it mowed to keep the weeds down, and then there will be seed and fertilizer - a constant expense - and you will need to be able to keep the horse off of it to let it get established and/or regrow. If you have two acres, that would be better, or at least be able to cross fence it so your horse can graze one side while the other is recovering.

My daugher is 30 years old, and frequently whines about how much work is involved in keeping the horses. She didn't realize just how much work was involved...if she had known in advance, she might have decided not to buy any!

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