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Re: [RC] small acreage,.... - Linda S. Flemmer

It was me that posted about 1 horse per 3 acres...  We have 10 acres in pasture for 3 horses.  At that pasture load, they are out on grass without supplementation (except hay when the snow gets too deep - we're in the Lake Effect snow belt).
I COULD keep 1 horse per 3/4 acre, if I wanted intensively manage the property.  I prefer to see my horses grazing on lush pastures.
I guess the question becomes:

How many horses can I keep comfortably with minimal management on small acreage?   vs   How many can I stuff on the lot?   vs   Something in between?      Ideas of "small acreage" varies by area as well.  My 16 acres are SMALL compared to many around here.  I'm told that I have "such a cute little property".
Linda F
----- Original Message -----
From: smuncy
Sent: Tuesday, July 04, 2006 1:08 AM
Subject: [RC] small acreage,....

   Someone posted that she was in WVa, VA, MD.  area,  and "could  keep 1 horse on  3 acres" - 'A good rule of thumb'.   
But, conditions vary greatly, even  just within the same counties.   I have 3  horses on 5 acres.   I am  in VA,  alot of shale soil here - for me,   and I can keep 3  horses on that / shale ,  - I would not recommend !, and  have to be careful,  (  the other side of the  county has 'good'  soil - they can "easily"!  - if managed well - keep 1 horse per 1 to 2 acres - without  giving hay late spring til early fall). 
   I have to work a bit harder to keep even reasonable pasture

[RC] small acreage,...., smuncy