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post #11 of 51 Old 05-11-2016, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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We share a fence. I can come up right to the horses and pet them. They are absolutely beautiful.
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post #12 of 51 Old 05-11-2016, 08:02 PM
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You'll learn to love it, I get home, open my door in the dog days, and take a huge whiff of my beautiful horse scent. I love it.
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post #13 of 51 Old 05-11-2016, 08:09 PM
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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.
This has nothing to do with this thread but- THIS POST!!!!

Where we live we've been seeing a lot of city folk moving in to fancy houses. We went from a dirt road with three farms and no other houses to a paved road with a good 30 or so fancy dancey huge houses within three years. Usually all those fancy houses go back up for sale within a year. Most of them think we're drug addicts/dealers. A woman was "confronted" by a bear while walking an access road with her 6 month old baby in a stroller (????) and had DNR out, police, the works. We had a few people complain about us shooting coyotes in the yard, then come back a month later and ask for "pest control" when coyotes were in the yard. SO many people move to the country and think it's all beautiful scenery and hikes in the woods. News flash!!
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post #14 of 51 Old 05-11-2016, 08:58 PM
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Hmm wonder if they are supposed to be living there? The flies will want to be by the horses. Ultimately a lot of it comes down to the owner/care.

There WILL be a "horse" smell, even at the best barn, but a good barn won't have too much more than that.
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post #15 of 51 Old 05-11-2016, 11:17 PM
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There are a few Amish in our area and I about lost it when I read a Letter to the Editor in our local paper from a recent transplant complaining about getting horse poop on their tires.

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post #16 of 51 Old 05-11-2016, 11:34 PM
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You will love the smell eventually.
However, you did post this concern on an incredibly biased "horse" forum

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post #17 of 51 Old 05-12-2016, 07:22 AM
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We share a fence. I can come up right to the horses and pet them. They are absolutely beautiful.
No----you can't ---- go right up to them and pet them.

Nor can you feed them. Do NOT feed them eve one tiny smidgen of a carrot or Apple, unless you want to make an enemy of the horses owner.

1. Most important you do not know if the horse has health issues that keep it from having sugary treats.

2. Some horses become nippy very soon, if they are plied with treats.

3. They are not 1,100 pound dogs. Respect the owner and the horses by staying away from the fence, unless you're mowing. If you're mowing keep the open side of the mower deck away from the horses so nothing flies out toward them.

3.1. Do NOT give them grass clippings. Grass clippings ferment quickly and can cause a horse to colic. Colic is a huge belly ache that can be dangerous if the owner isn't around to give the horse medicine.

4. To answer your initial question. You're going to have flies, no matter what. If the horse owner keeps their place clean, you shouldn't have any more issues than you normally would.

As far as smell -- well this forum is the wrong place to ask that question, lollol. We all think the smell of a horse is better than any perfume on the market, lollol

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post #18 of 51 Old 05-12-2016, 08:19 AM
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I didn't know horses smell...

Please don't move next to horses if you think they stink and may be a bother to you. Some horse-lovin' family would pay extra to be able to look at horses every day
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post #19 of 51 Old 05-12-2016, 09:34 AM
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Horses smell a lot better than a lot of other animals - you could be right next to a dairy or a hog farm - THOSE are some smells that will knock your socks off good and proper.

Two horses aren't going to create a huge amount of mess or smell unless their pasture is incredibly tiny, or the manure heap is sky-high. Assuming your neighbors have acreage enough for two horses, I wouldn't think you will have a problem.

Even without horses, it's the country. You'll get flies, mosquitoes, and all sorts of other fun stuff. If you're not sure about living next door to livestock, don't move there. They were there first.
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post #20 of 51 Old 05-12-2016, 09:40 AM
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No----you can't ---- go right up to them and pet them.

Nor can you feed them. Do NOT feed them eve one tiny smidgen of a carrot or Apple, unless you want to make an enemy of the horses owner.

1. Most important you do not know if the horse has health issues that keep it from having sugary treats.

2. Some horses become nippy very soon, if they are plied with treats.

3. They are not 1,100 pound dogs. Respect the owner and the horses by staying away from the fence, unless you're mowing. If you're mowing keep the open side of the mower deck away from the horses so nothing flies out toward them.

3.1. Do NOT give them grass clippings. Grass clippings ferment quickly and can cause a horse to colic. Colic is a huge belly ache that can be dangerous if the owner isn't around to give the horse medicine.

4. To answer your initial question. You're going to have flies, no matter what. If the horse owner keeps their place clean, you shouldn't have any more issues than you normally would.

As far as smell -- well this forum is the wrong place to ask that question, lollol. We all think the smell of a horse is better than any perfume on the market, lollol
Great post. Just want to add that giving attention could result in horse squabbles which could cause an injury.

Also, don't move to the country, get a dog to be kept in a kennel so everyone has to listen to it bark.
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