So, I don't think that's a strange question. If you haven't had experience with the animals you wouldn't know now would you? :)
Quite honestly, I don't think it matters how clean a horse owner keeps things, it will have a smell. For myself, and many other horse people, I hardly ever notice the smell of any horse pasture and even love it. BUT, when I first started dating my now husband, I know his mother complained sometimes of the neighbors horses smelling on a hot or breezy day, and they paid her youngest to clean their paddock every day, so you know it was clean. Flies and the smell are a give in.
Now it's kind of funny, I have moved my horses to my in-law's home. BUT the neighbors home that used to have the horses is up for sale, and I am now worried about a non-horsey family moving in. My husband and I talked about buying it, but it just won't work for our needs and future plans (but that's beside the point). Anyways, I now have some concerns for any people now looking to move in. I'm perfectly fine with people asking me to pet or give my horse a treat, but I don't want people just willy nilly feeding (especially the aforementioned grass clippings) or trying to play with my horses, even people with horses do this... The last neighbor's wife did... I don't want people or my horses getting hurt. Also, I am still trying to come up with a good manure management system for the small space I have, and I'm concerned too about someone thinking it stinks to much or is sloppy and gross.
Anyways, I'm sure your new neighbors will have some concerns about you as well. It's only natural. :) If I were you, I would strike up a conversation with them. Ask them as many questions as you have about their horses, bring up your concerns. Ask them what they are comfortable with you doing, and what they would rather you not do to their horses (such as feeding or touching), and I'm sure they will be more than willing to tell you and educate you about horses.
Hopefully my rambling made some sort of sense. Best of luck with the possible new house!
Duggan & Miss May
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