Creating your own horse property
A horse in my own backyard! A dream come true...
It also comes with a lot of responsibility. You need to be there to feed on a regular schedule every day. If you can't be home for that regular feeding schedule, you need to find a 'horse' person who can help you out. Not just anyone is qualified - it's a bit more than feeding a cat or dog. Forgetting to fill the water buckets can have devastating results.
You need to clean the stall at least once a day. Even if you're tired when you get home from work and have a house full of hungry kids, you still have to take care of your horse's basic needs.
Before moving your horse on your own property, make sure it's zoned for livestock. This is mostly an issue for those of you who live in a suburban area and not on 50 acres in Oklahoma.
If you keep a horse on your property, be sure to post any warning signs that are required in your state to help keep you from being liable should your horse injure someone. Click this link to find out what you need.
So, if you're up to all this 'work', go for it. What some people would call 'work' will be a pleasant part of your day.With your horse in the backyard, you'll be able to enjoy his company any time you want. Looking out your window and seeing him sure is a nice feeling. You can go out for a quick scratch and treat without having to drive somewhere to go visit him.
My horses always look for lights to come on in the house in the mornings. The ones in the back pasture stand where they can look into the windows watching to see when I am coming out to feed them. As soon as I open my back door, the guys in the barn start nickering. They never think I can walk fast enough to the barn to get them their breakfast.
You'll need at least one acre to even consider keeping your horse at home with you. A one acre horse property will squeeze you pretty tight. You need to find out if there are zoning regulations in your area that say how far a barn has to be from a residence. Not every place will allow you to build a horse barn directly next to your house.
A one acre place will make it hard to have a turnout area AND arena. You'll have to give up on the idea of having a pasture with grass. It's just going to be too small. A small paddock for turn-out is going to turn into a dirt area no matter how good the grass was when you started.
With property this size, I hope you'll have access to horse trails, a nature preserve or some other larger area to ride. It can get really boring for you and your horse to go round and round a small ring.
Riding down the side of the road is just plain dangerous. Too many people nowadays think it's fun to honk. An acquaintance just told me recently she was taking a lesson some years ago in an arena near the main road. Along came a motorcycle. The driver saw her and was being courteous by going slowly while passing the riding ring. Then he gunned his bike just after he passed her. She wound up with a broken back and a lifetime of pain.
Three or more acres will give you more options. You can have a nice sized riding area and grass in your pasture. With careful planning, you can easily manage to keep two horses!
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