Is this enough land for 2 horses?

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  1. Hiro

    Hiro Senior Member

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    We are looking around for a house outside the city and closer to my husbands work - we are checking out this house saturday.
    Normally we are looking for 3+ acres but than our price we can afford isnt all that great at the moment. We found this cute little farm house on 2.28 acres.

    Just wondering if you guys think this would be enough the back lot seems big enough on the photos,

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/3090-Spring-Rd_Carlisle_PA_17013_M41239-81216

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    I'd probably put a little 2 stall barn on the far left where you kinda can see a pile of logs in the pic and then down in the back would be a pasture and more up front a little riding area.
     






  2. Lopinslow

    Lopinslow Senior Member+

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    Make sure you call the City or township to find out if there are any restrictions on the amount of horses you can have per acre.

    Granted the Township i work for is on the outskirts of a large metro area, we require 3 acres for one horse, and an additional acre for each additional horse. So, to keep 2 horses one needs 4 acres.
     
  3. CJ

    CJ Senior Member+

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    My zoning was 1 acre per horse minus an acre if theres septic. But I have 3 acres that are more densely wooded than that and it worked out ok with 2 horses and some care/ful maintenance re what they were doing to the ground and what was done so it could recover. Cute house and lot looks like it has potential if the zoning allows for a couple 'ponies'.
     
  4. Tucker72

    Tucker72 Senior Member

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    2 acres for two horses would be fine id think, But i dont think theres room for a pasture and a ring, The pasture would probally be small enough to ride in anyway
     
  5. Taxi Jumper

    Taxi Jumper Senior Member+

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    Definitely check into the laws. I believe here in Bucks county it is 2 acres for the 1st horse and 1 for every horse after. That is the fenced in amount too, not just lot size. (i.e. you can't have a horse if you have a 2 acre lot where only 1 acre is fences)
     
  6. joce

    joce Senior Member+

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    Make sure you can even have horses in that area. Anything in town no horses. Anything in the township in certain towns here you need five acres first horse,each additional horse needs an additional acre.

    Here it doesn't matter as long as your zoned for the barn:p

    You also need to make sure you can get zoning for the barn since it is not already there. Do not trust the realtor that it will be able to be done. They will lie. Call whoever does zoning there and ask if horses are allowed,how many,and how big of a barn you can build,and fence while your at it.
     
  7. Jim_in_PA

    Jim_in_PA Senior Moderator

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    Physically, you would probably be fine, but the suggestion about checking zoning is absolutely important...before you buy the property. I can assure you that in this area, with acreage as expensive as it is, there are many cases where there are a lot of horses on not a lot of land. But that also means hay 3-4 times per day plus grain because turnout is for exercise, not grazing.

    These things vary by township, not county. That little farm you visited me at recently has only 10 acres plus about 2 acres that legally belong to the property next door, but are in an easement predicated on previous use...and you know how many horses are on the property!
     
  8. Asfaloth

    Asfaloth Senior Member+

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    Check the zoning. I live in PA too and where I live you are required to have I thin a minimum of three acres for the first animal and then an additional acre or more per animal after that.

    That said if zoning allows it then I have kept two horses on 3/4 acre pasture wiht a two stall barn and been able to even keep it green all summer. It is a lot of work but it is doable.
     
  9. xoxchickletxox

    xoxchickletxox Senior Member

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    Yes it would be enuff land, but like others said check the horse rules!
     
  10. Tucker72

    Tucker72 Senior Member

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    Oh yeah the zoning is different in PA... I usually forget theyre different because I basicaly live in both lol. In md Its one acre per horse I think
     






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