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    10-08-2012, 10:35 AM
  #21
Showing
My biggest concern is that the horses have enough running room if roaming dogs decided to give chase. An electric wire about 18" off the ground usually looks after that problem, altho the odd dog will figure it out.
     
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    10-08-2012, 10:40 AM
  #22
Showing
Cruiser, dry some of that manure for a few days and burn it when the bugs are bad. It doesn't smell. It's called a smudge. Livestock will stand close as the smoke drives the bugs off. The air needs to be calm tho or the smoke will dissipate too quickly. If you rake up the ash, it's great for the garden. For safety I use a 45 gal. Barrel on bare soil so there's no chance of it igniting grass and taking off.
     
    10-08-2012, 11:56 AM
  #23
Yearling
I don't think anyone yet mentioned the book Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage by Cherry Hill- it has lots of examples of how to lay out varying acreage and fit in all the essentials and you can find it inexpensively used on Amazon. About 6 months ago, we moved to a 5.5 acre property, and I found this book extremely useful for thinking about options for layout. Unfortunately, most of our property is wooded, so we've got a lot of work to do before I can consider bringing my horse home (plus I'm really spoiled by a great boarding facility).

For all the people sharing their great suggestions for having horses at home on this size property- what are you doing for riding space? That's the one piece of my layout I'm having trouble wrapping my head around. I could see a nice, though short, trail loop cut through the woods. But because our property is very hilly, I can't see an opportunity to dedicate any ring space. Do you all mostly use your fields? Work with neighbors to create bigger trail space?
     
    10-08-2012, 12:04 PM
  #24
Yearling
My mom has 8 horses on a little less than 2 acres. They all have their own 12x12 stalls and about 30x20 runs. They get two flakes of hay twice a day. A scoop of grain twice a day. And soaked alfalfa cubes twice a day. Never have any problems. They get let loose in the yard once a week for about an hour so they can have grass. And they are all perfectly content. No weight issues. In fact, our vet always gets on to her for them being overweight. It definitely costs more. But if your willing to pay the extra, it can work out just fine :)
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    10-08-2012, 12:13 PM
  #25
Yearling
Thanks, SaddleBag, might have to try that next fly season. All around here is swamp like it or not, most of Nova Scoita is.
     
    10-08-2012, 12:20 PM
  #26
Yearling
I know that around where I live, it is illegal to have a horse unless you have 5 acres of land. The weird thing is, if you have 5 acres, you can have as many horses as you want. You just have to have the 5...

But that's just around us. I personally believe that at least 1.5 acres per horse is necassary, just for grazing. We have 3 horses, with 7 acres for them to roam.
     
    10-08-2012, 12:30 PM
  #27
Yearling
Jumper, I agree. If I had $500,000 at my disposal, I'd buy and big chunk of land just give it to my horses. Lol I hate the idea of keeping horses on the bare minimum amount of land. We're buying this house at a VERY low price (bank-owned), otherwise we would be unable to afford a house right now. If we can make it work to have my guy at home, then it is more cost-effective for us. But if it is in his best interest to stay at the barn, he will.

Around here, you need .75 acres per horse. And for smaller livestock like goats, you can keep 2 per acre. However, I am unsure as to whether or not they consider minis in the same category with full-size horses. If they do, I guess we'll be stuck with a goat. Lol
     
    10-09-2012, 01:46 AM
  #28
Weanling
I don't know but wouldnt think minis would be in the same category as a full size horse. A lot of people keep their minis in dry lots permanently and only feed hay but I like to let mine graze daily with my gelding, she just wears a grazing muzzle. Otherwise she has a small dirt area with hardly any grass where she spends most of her time.
     
    10-09-2012, 04:27 AM
  #29
Green Broke
I currently agist my horse on one acre (or probably a little under). Its not all pasture - its on a slope and there are a fair few trees, although I think this actually helps hold it all together rather than it turning into dust. The areas where she hangs out (the gate /shelter/water) are all dirt, but the rest of the paddock is okay, a little grazing but nothing substantial, enough to keep her occupied.

To be honest I am not a fan of this arrangement. I feel its too small, and she is kept alone (although with horses over the fence). I also like them getting most of their roughage from grazing. But it works. I'd actually prefer to be able to separate the paddock into two half acre blocks, and maybe switch them every week or so - not nearly as good as a full rotation system but I think it would be better.

So I think you can do it, I mean some people keep horses in stables virtually 24/7. Although looking at your pic, if the whole block is 1.5 acres, that back section looks to be half an acre, or 3/4 of an acre - which is pretty small.

If you want to do it, then go ahead, but you might actually find it works out easier and cheaper to board somewhere. If there is better feed, riding facilities, less work etc, sometimes keeping your horse elsewhere is the best option.
     
    10-09-2012, 08:37 AM
  #30
Yearling
I really think it's more than 1.5 acres. I mean, that barn is pretty huge and the house is your average 3-story farm house, so it's not small. The guy that showed it to us said he *thinks* 1.5 acres. Do you guys think it looks bigger than that?
     

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