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Into the Future

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Talking to our bank (to get ideas for the future) we can actually get a decent mortgage (up to $165,000) without out breaking our backs to pay it each month. Ok that's fine we weren't looking to go that high but it gives us an idea.

The two of us have always wanted a smallish farm, me I love fresh eggs and miss the ones my step uncle would give us so I've wanted chickens. My fiancé wants a pot belly pig. If we aren't boarding I'd look at getting a pair of horses for the sake of companionship. I have talked to my sister about average cost of keeping a horse on property as that's what she once did. Something I'd be willing and able to do.

My only questions for you guys are:
~ Bare minimum of acres for a pair of horses?
- this way I know where our minimum is
- yes I know this may differ but just ideas

~ what type of fencing is lowest maintenance but best at keeping a horse safely contained?
- I've heard wood fencing can be pretty high maintenance which is why I'm asking
- again I know this is preference
- I've heard electric tape fencing is good but what voltage would even be best?

This won't happen for a few years yet, I'm not willing to break the lease which is a few years. Plus I'd like to put away money for the move down, first expenses (utilities and food) etc. I just want to get the ideas down to research. Which is another thing we are doing. We've got A half a page full of prospective places we'd like to go but aren't going to truly narrow down til the time to find a home is closer. I just like to research and since we want to bring animals onto the little farm I need to research that as well.
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The average you often see is 2 per horse. But, that is dependent on your area. The ag extension agent for your county can give you the best idea. Add an acre for a barn/storage /dry lot and then room for your house and drive. I'd say 5 is the minimum if you have good grass most of the year and adequate rainfall to keep things green and growing. You don't say where you are at but you'll need to figure in hay. They can tell you about how long you'll need to feed over winter (late fall/early spring). You'll also want to look at your state laws for fencing livestock. Depending on where you locate you may not be able to use electric along a road. Now if the pasture area is behind your house you may not have restrictions and if the horse is acclimated and respects it then it works well. As for voltage you want a livestock charger. As long as it is rated for large animals (cows, horses, around here the odd camel or few) then you would be fine. Best is one that plugs into a source but I have used solar successfully. You just need to make sure you have a good sized battery to store power.
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