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post #1 of 51 Old 05-11-2016, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
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Question Moving next to horses

Hello everyone !
Probably a strange question to ask, but i just need an advice. We are possibly moving on a property that is next to a property that houses two beautiful horses.
As much as i love horses, i dont have any experience with them and dont plan having them. Question: Will we get lot of smell and flies on our property over the summer (heat, wind) ?
The neighbors keep it very clean, but you can already smell it a little, does it get worse over the summer ? (100 degree heat?)
Thanks so much, Iva.
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post #2 of 51 Old 05-11-2016, 05:49 PM
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Horses are not nearly as smelly as other animals (pigs, cows, chickens, dogs, etc.). I would not think two horses would smell much at all unless they were in a really small paddock that wasn't cleaned regularly, or if the manure pile was close to your house. I don't think I've ever walked by a pasture of horses and been able to smell them, but maybe I am immune to that smell.
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Horses are not nearly as smelly as other animals (pigs, cows, chickens, dogs, etc.). I would not think two horses would smell much at all unless they were in a really small paddock that wasn't cleaned regularly, or if the manure pile was close to your house. I don't think I've ever walked by a pasture of horses and been able to smell them, but maybe I am immune to that smell.

When someone enters my car they say it smells like a barn (on the days I have my lesson esp) =|


Lol, I actually like that smell--meh. I don't smell much when I walk up to the barn but like Jan said--I'm probably just used to it because others comment that the inside of my car smells like horses even when I keep it clean! I don't think I've had anyone grossed out or offended by the smell..just more like, "oh did you ride today?"
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Yes, horse poo smells. And it attracts flies. Also, horses create mud, and in drier climates and weathers, dust. If these things bother you, do not move next to the horses. They were there first. Please don't be like so many people and move to the country and expect the country to change to suit you.

A horse owner can minimize the downsides of horsekeeping by picking up manure (I pick up twice a day), keeping the manure pile covered and correctly composting it, using fly predator wasps and fly traps, rotating pastures, adding rock to mud holes, and so forth. But even so, horses are livestock and that's just what they do while living.

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When someone enters my car they say it smells like a barn (on the days I have my lesson esp) =|


Lol, I actually like that smell--meh. I don't smell much when I walk up to the barn but like Jan said--I'm probably just used to it because others comment that the inside of my car smells like horses even when I keep it clean! I don't think I've had anyone grossed out or offended by the smell..just more like, "oh did you ride today?"
Huh. Now I'm wondering if my car smells like horse.
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Everything about me smells like a barn except what smells like a dog.

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Yes, horse poo smells. And it attracts flies. Also, horses create mud, and in drier climates and weathers, dust. If these things bother you, do not move next to the horses. They were there first. Please don't be like so many people and move to the country and expect the country to change to suit you.

A horse owner can minimize the downsides of horsekeeping by picking up manure (I pick up twice a day), keeping the manure pile covered and correctly composting it, using fly predator wasps and fly traps, rotating pastures, adding rock to mud holes, and so forth. But even so, horses are livestock and that's just what they do while living. You, DraftyAiresMum and ShirtHotTeez like this.

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Copied and pasted from the duplicate thread because this one seems to be getting more traffic. What Avna said pretty much sums it up from a horse owners perspective. We're friendly folk, but if you don't like the way the country life smells, please stay in the city.
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How close is your home to where the horses are kept?

I agree with the above--two horses should not be enough to create much of a smell.
--Unless maybe there is a manure pile you're not aware of? But even that shouldn't be much of an issue..

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Yes, horse poo smells. And it attracts flies. Also, horses create mud, and in drier climates and weathers, dust. If these things bother you, do not move next to the horses. They were there first. Please don't be like so many people and move to the country and expect the country to change to suit you.

A horse owner can minimize the downsides of horsekeeping by picking up manure (I pick up twice a day), keeping the manure pile covered and correctly composting it, using fly predator wasps and fly traps, rotating pastures, adding rock to mud holes, and so forth. But even so, horses are livestock and that's just what they do while living. You, DraftyAiresMum and ShirtHotTeez like this.

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Copied and pasted from the duplicate thread because this one seems to be getting more traffic. What Avna said pretty much sums it up from a horse owners perspective. We're friendly folk, but if you don't like the way the country life smells, please stay in the city.
Could not agree more.


OP, if you're already questioning having horses as neighbors perhaps it would be best to look elsewhere so both you & your neighbors can be happy.
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post #10 of 51 Old 05-11-2016, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Avna, i appreciate the advice.
It's actually not a horse country at all, it's Walnut Creek, CA. And this is very close to downtown. You would never expect 2 horses living there.
I am definitely not a city person, but i also dont want to be bothered by flies the entire summer.
Thank you so much,
Iva.
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