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post #11 of 26 Old 10-26-2013, 01:57 PM
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It might be doable in a dry climate. Zoning laws can be a pain. Where I live, a corral has to be 40 feet from the side property lines and 10 feet from the rear, and any shelter has to be 50 feet from any property line. Based on the shape of our then 1 acre lot, we have an L-shaped corral about 80' on a side for 3 horses. We scoop poop 2 times a day and feed them 3 times a day. We rarely get significant rain, but it turns into a mess when we do. The horses are doing fine, but it involves significant work.

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post #12 of 26 Old 10-26-2013, 02:07 PM
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Check zoning laws here u cant have a horse on anything less than 2 acres with an additional acre for each horse after that
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post #13 of 26 Old 10-26-2013, 04:39 PM
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And where will you ride/exercise the horse? Half an acre will get boring for you and the horse reeeeally fast if you don't have trails nearby.
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post #14 of 26 Old 10-26-2013, 06:02 PM
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You will need to have plenty of hay but 1/2 acre would be enough for one horse.
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post #15 of 26 Old 10-27-2013, 01:37 AM
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Horses are herd animals. They don't do well without company. (How would you feel if you were locked in your room most of the day, and never got to see other humans?) Instead of trying to keep a solitary horse on your lot, I'd suggest looking for a boarding/pasture situation.
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post #16 of 26 Old 10-27-2013, 01:55 AM
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Dont think id keep a horse on a 1/2 acre thats just not big enough. we have five acres 3 acres is for horses and even at that i have to hay feed a good part of the year.

Plus our zoning laws require more then a 1/2 acre to keep horses. So where i live you wouldnt be aloud to keep a horse on just a 1/2 acre.

Youd be better off boarding the horse and better for your horse too.
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post #17 of 26 Old 10-27-2013, 05:50 AM
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You can count on this being next to impossible in terms of anything in the pen for horse to eat. There will be no grazing at all, just what you feed, which for one horse will be about 15 bales a month or so, and a bag of feed a week. That right there alone would be 120 a week alone, hay here is running 5 for a small square of good horse hay, and a bag of good feed is at least 12 a bag. That's almost 500 a month right there in just feed. That doesn't count water either.

For that? You could board somewhere nice, with an arena and possibly trails to ride on.

And one horse will deposit about 9 tons of manure a year. While most of it is water? It still has to be picked up and if it isn't? Flies will cart you off. And if you are going to use a dumpster there is another cost too.

But with 1/2 acre, you will have no grass at all, except you will have weeds possibly, which horse will not eat, and which will have to be taken down. Horse also will not walk in that area, so not much land for horse to walk around on.

Storing hay can be a pain, as well has having to have a shelter for horse too.

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post #18 of 26 Old 10-27-2013, 06:10 AM
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You can count on this being next to impossible in terms of anything in the pen for horse to eat. There will be no grazing at all, just what you feed, which for one horse will be about 15 bales a month or so, and a bag of feed a week. That right there alone would be 120 a week alone, hay here is running 5 for a small square of good horse hay, and a bag of good feed is at least 12 a bag. That's almost 500 a month right there in just feed. That doesn't count water either.
I think you multiplied too much. That's $120 per month, not week, in hay/feed for one horse.

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post #19 of 26 Old 10-27-2013, 01:42 PM
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I'm really sorry, but I have to agree with the negative side of the posters.

The fact of the matter is, horses were born and built to be on very open spaces, with plenty of grazing, company, and room to run. While you may be able to cart him to pony club once a week, he won't be able to do much running about in between. I can tell you from looking out my window, horses tend to run about and be crazy more than just once a week. I'm afraid you'd have a BIG ball of energy to ride once a week, and he might just become too much to handle.

Not to mention the fact that you really couldn't keep two horses on that lot. While you could probably get a little Shetland to keep him company, you'd still have another mouth to feed and that would be even more costly than you're already looking at. Plus 4 more hooves to tromp down the ground.

I have three horses on seven acres, and I couldn't imagine having more than 4 horses on that amount of acreage. Simply because, considering we live in KY, it would downright ruin the fields. We get plenty of rain, and the three I have now manage to get it choppy. Of course, it's DEFINITELY not MUDDY, but It's not beautiful either. The 3 I have now also manage to graze those fields pretty hard. I don't have to muck my pastures though. The horses come in at night and go out during the day in the winter, and vice versa in the summer. This is to both preserve the fields and so that they can eat and sleep in a nice warm area. I baby mine :p

Another member suggested the price of feed being high. This is the one spot I can actually advocate for you - if you insist on keeping your horse at home instead of boarding, PLEASE do yourself a favor and just get a round bale. The round bale lasts my babies a month eating on it only while in the barn. I don't even get square bales anymore because it's simply too expensive. We can get a NICE quality round bale (The guy we get it from also does square from the same field of grass) for $25. That will take care of your forage needs for at least 2 weeks if your horse is eating on it full time. Also takes care of storage, you won't need it. Just buy another round when you need it.

In this case of having little to no land, I would just build a run-in shed for your horse. You can't put a whole barn on that land, you'd have a 1/4 of an acre left of field, and that is **NOT** enough to keep a horse on.

So all in all, I think you should consider boarding. It would be a much better option for both you and the horse. If boarding isn't an option at all, then I hope I've provided some ideas to manage with the space you have. Best of luck!

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post #20 of 26 Old 10-27-2013, 01:56 PM
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Unfortunately 1/2 an acre is way too small. The horse really won't appreciate that size, and also horses need company... Which there is simply no room for in that size field :(
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