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post #1 of 6 Old 05-26-2019, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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Desperate times!! Desperate measures!!

Hey guys!! So it’s been an interesting couple of months! I went from a herd of six to just an old mare. On top of that, we’re moving to a new town. Now we found a really nice private horse boarding situation that would’ve been about 20 minutes away from the new house. Everything was a go but I recently called to make sure everything was set and the BO told me that they had just given away their last boarding spot. So now we’re in a pickle.
The new house sits right in the middle of a half acre plot. And it’s looking like the old lady might be coming to stay with us temporarily. Which is definitely not ideal. We’ve been trying to figure out how we can make this work. She is an old horse, around 26-27 years old and is retired. At her last barn she had to be separated because she is easily bullied and won’t eat. So they put her in a round pen by herself and she seemed to be fine, she likes her alone time. I know that I won’t have a lick of grass in such a small space. We also have 2 dogs and they all love each other. So the idea at this point is to fence in the whole backyard, and build a little covered “shed” for her and her dogs. We have a neighbor on one side, and our neighbor on the other side is about a half mile down the road. I have a book about horse keeping on small acreage, but I’m pretty sure my space is wayyy smaller than anything in that book lol. What do you guys think?
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Hey guys!! So it’s been an interesting couple of months! I went from a herd of six to just an old mare. On top of that, we’re moving to a new town. Now we found a really nice private horse boarding situation that would’ve been about 20 minutes away from the new house. Everything was a go but I recently called to make sure everything was set and the BO told me that they had just given away their last boarding spot. So now we’re in a pickle.
The new house sits right in the middle of a half acre plot. And it’s looking like the old lady might be coming to stay with us temporarily. Which is definitely not ideal. We’ve been trying to figure out how we can make this work. She is an old horse, around 26-27 years old and is retired. At her last barn she had to be separated because she is easily bullied and won’t eat. So they put her in a round pen by herself and she seemed to be fine, she likes her alone time. I know that I won’t have a lick of grass in such a small space. We also have 2 dogs and they all love each other. So the idea at this point is to fence in the whole backyard, and build a little covered “shed” for her and her dogs. We have a neighbor on one side, and our neighbor on the other side is about a half mile down the road. I have a book about horse keeping on small acreage, but I’m pretty sure my space is wayyy smaller than anything in that book lol. What do you guys think?

If the zoning allows for it, I say go for it. The worst that can happen is it doesn't work well and you have to find a place to board her anyway. But make sure zoning allows for it because you don't want neighbor issues. You could have neighbor issues anyway, but you want to at least be on the right side of the law.

There's a lot of stupid out there!
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If the zoning allows for it, I say go for it. The worst that can happen is it doesn't work well and you have to find a place to board her anyway. But make sure zoning allows for it because you don't want neighbor issues. You could have neighbor issues anyway, but you want to at least be on the right side of the law.
Exactly, trailhorserider. The only other thing that popped into my head was that she may get too lonely if there are no other horses in the area (and if there isn’t that may be a clue as to how zoning is going pan out). Recognizing what you said about her being easily bullied, you may have to find an inoffensive candidate such as mini horse, mini mule, mini donkey, mini goat - all of whom may dictate the fence you’re building.
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Do you have a plan for manure removal? Because you're going to have a fly/smell problem pretty quickly if not. Planning ahead for mud prevention would be helpful, too.

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Exactly, trailhorserider. The only other thing that popped into my head was that she may get too lonely if there are no other horses in the area (and if there isn’t that may be a clue as to how zoning is going pan out). Recognizing what you said about her being easily bullied, you may have to find an inoffensive candidate such as mini horse, mini mule, mini donkey, mini goat - all of whom may dictate the fence you’re building.
If this is going to be a temporary setup, I think OP would be better off not getting another animal that will then have to be taken care of once the horse is boarded elsewhere.
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So she was my first horse so I’ve had for many years. When I first got her i kept her by herself for about 2 years. She is ok with being by herself. Finding a herd that she fits into has always proven to be a problem for her. She often separates herself and won’t eat when there are too many horses in the mix. So her being alone isn’t the issue. I don’t know much about the area, but we do know that there are people who have other livestock in the area. There’s a small dairy farm (or could just be a guy who has some cows) nearby. And the farm that we wanted to board her at is also in the area. I looked up the zoning earlier and it didn’t specify how much space is needed for one horse. My current area clearly specifies that you need at least an acre for up to 3 horses.
Also, I definitely don’t want to get another animal that I’d have to board as well, or even feed for that matter lol.
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