As an equestrian real estate specialist in Florida, I am often asked how many acres are needed to keep a horse. The answer is, unfortunately, not always easy. On the legal side, individual counties and even subdivisions may have varying zoning regulations and normally the more restrictive will supersede the less restrictive. I have seen
In evaluating your choices for horse happy real estate, make sure that the property you like is zoned to allow horses, don't assume that a property that currently has horses and/or a barn is LEGALLY Ok for them.
For practical horsekeeping, check with your local UF extension office to see what they suggest for making sure you maximize your pasture grass to ensure healthy happy horses. You can also have your soil tested to help evaluate your soil to see how you might be able to improve your forage as well.
Once you determine how many horses are your legal maximum, careful study and evaluation of what you have to work with regarding land and resources can help you maximize your equestrian experience. Barn and pasture layout and management are vital to your success, especially on small acreage. I have seen 10 acre parcels wasted and 2 acre parcels running exceptionally efficiently. Do your homework, work with an equestrian real estate specialist and your horses will thank you for it!!
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Janie Coffey, Broker, GRI, TRC