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        10-28-2013, 12:05 AM
      #21
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Palomine    
    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.
    This at least is a problem with a ready solution, so long as you have neighbors who garden. In fact, that's how I got into riding. Bought a place with a couple of horses living next door, asked their humans if I could have some horse manure for my garden. Horses and I became buddies, humans eventually became friends too, and talked me into adopting a "free" horse...
         
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        10-28-2013, 12:14 PM
      #22
    Yearling
    I figure my pasture is about 7 acres -- and another 15 acres of woods (rough estimates) -- there are 3 horses in there -- grass is growing much slower since September

    The pasture near the gate is getting beat down and dusty and nearly grassless right now

    But no scooping poo for me :)
         
        11-03-2013, 11:05 AM
      #23
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by walkinthewalk    
    Or you in live in Southern California where there is no grass and all that extra work is a way life for anyone keeping horses in the Low Desert areas
    southern california low desert keeper here......

    You mean not everyone throws hay two or three times a day and mucks stalls on a daily basis to throw in barrels which are picked up weekly??????
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        11-03-2013, 01:49 PM
      #24
    Foal
    Oh my, I wouldn't do it. We had our two horses on an acre lot and it was nothing but BAD NEWS. We were put in a tough situation and had no choice but to move them there because there was no other place available. Trust me, I looked!!!

    Anyway, not only did they eat the grass down in no time, after they did the grass wouldn't grow because they would eat it the second it would start to grow. We tried fencing off parts for growth and they broke into the area we fenced off. We had to buy constant hay for them, which got to be really expensive in addition to paying board for them.

    The worst of it though was that when the grass wouldn't grow back, the lot got very sandy and one of our horses coliced every six months. They were there a year before we were able to get them outta there.

    THANKFULLY we were able to move them to a very green, very grassy FOUR ACRE lot and they haven't been able to eat it down, and they graze constantly, and we haven't had to buy hay since they have been there.
         
        11-03-2013, 01:57 PM
      #25
    Weanling
    OP (sarahhorseygal) hasn't posted since starting this thread 10/26 and it was her first 'n only post according to her stats. I hope she is at least is monitoring the feedback. I'd be interested knowing what she decided.
         
        11-04-2013, 12:12 PM
      #26
    Foal
    Congratulations on working toward your dream of owning a horse!

    I have kept horses everywhere from California to Texas, in spaces large and small, dry and fertile, and so on. Others have hit on the workload aspect, but I would recommend also stepping through some of the logistics of getting your horse out to ride - trailering can be a bear, and more work than you think to do on a regular basis; not all horses thrive with frequent trailering. Also, you will need to be comfortable and safe when hauling, and have the appropriate insurance. As others have noted, my experience has been that horses always do better with company - they are herd animals. What is the plan for care when you are sick, or if the horse is injured or ill? Do you have a good vet, farrier, etc.? A reputable boarding establishment will have these contacts, and costs can be reduced when farm calls are split. Can you keep your horse safe from neighborhood children and possible pranksters? If you intend to focus on training your horse, how will you longe, complete ground work, and similar training, in your space? Can you afford to put up the appropriate shelter?

    You might consider boarding your horse nearby as you get to know him or her and get your own area set up. Any way you slice it, a small space is in no way ideal, but it can be done. In addition to your own workload and horse handling experience, your horse's personality and personal history will play a large part in determining whether your property is a safe and happy environment. Best of luck!
         

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