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Old 01-08-2009, 03:49 PM  
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Regulation for "horses per acre"

I hope I'm posting this in the right spot. I wanted to join the Alberta forum but don't get any response to my request.

My family and I are planning on moving to central/southern Alberta this year.
Depending on the Munincipal District, there are different regulations for the amount of 'livestock' you're allowed to have per acre.

We have 6 horses so we're looking for a property (depending on the county) anywhere between 20 and 40 acres (or more if we can afford it ).

We've had more than one real estate agent telling us not to bother about those numbers.

Does anyone have experience with this? How many horses do you have per acre and did you ever get questioned about it?


Any help would be appriciated.
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Old 01-08-2009, 03:53 PM  
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I'll add you to the Alberta Forum now.
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Old 01-08-2009, 03:56 PM  
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Diamond Y, can you add me to the Alberta Forum too? I PM'd the administrator about 3 weeks ago but, I never got permission yet.

Please and Thank you.
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Where I live you need at least 3 acres to have a horse, and an additional acre per additional horse (so 5 acres for 3 horses). Once you get to 20 acres it doesn't matter how many horses you have.

You can get zoned to be allowed more horses.

If you have more horses than your area allows, then a complaint from a neighbour could force you to pay a fine and sell the additional horses. Usually only a problem in subdivisions though.

I think you would want at least 10 useful acres for 6 horses if you want them to be able to have pasture in the summer.

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Old 01-08-2009, 04:02 PM  
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STBlover - if you check out this website: http://www.agric.gov.ab.ca/app21/ you may find what you're looking for (and if not, its full of good information).
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Diamond Y, can you add me to the Alberta Forum too? I PM'd the administrator about 3 weeks ago but, I never got permission yet.

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Where I live you need at least 3 acres to have a horse, and an additional acre per additional horse (so 5 acres for 3 horses). Once you get to 20 acres it doesn't matter how many horses you have.

You can get zoned to be allowed more horses.

If you have more horses than your area allows, then a complaint from a neighbour could force you to pay a fine and sell the additional horses. Usually only a problem in subdivisions though.

I think you would want at least 10 useful acres for 6 horses if you want them to be able to have pasture in the summer.

Karen
Thank you Karen. That's exactly what I'm worried about that someone might complain; not likely but you never know and I don't want to loose any horses because of that.
We definitely don't want to go with less than 15 - 20 acres though.

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STBlover - if you check out this website: http://www.agric.gov.ab.ca/app21/ you may find what you're looking for (and if not, its full of good information).
Thank you for the link Chalsall. I will check it out tonight!
The MD's are very helpful about the laws and regulations but I was wondering if people really are concerned about it and don't go over the numbers that are allowed.

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I'll add you to the Alberta Forum now.
Could you please add me to the Alberta Forum too. I also have had no response to my request.
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where i lived in the town of tecumseh oklahoma they required 3000sqft per horse

thats a 50ft by 60ft square can ya believe it

i use the formula of 10 acres per horse but that just me
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Here in parts of New York it is 2 acres for the first horse than 1/2 acre per added horse.
Buildings of barns or sheds can not be closer than 100 feet from property line
So it is best to contact your county for the rules.
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Old 01-09-2009, 06:31 AM  
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As mentioned in my OP, I do know about the rules and regulations and I HAVE contacted the diffrent MD's already.
My concern is, that serveral real estate agents told us not to bother about those numbers and that we would be ok with less land than officially allowed per horse. I'm just not comfortable with this answer.

What I wanted to know is how you feel about that and if you DO have more horses than allowed and if you had issues with it.
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Old 01-09-2009, 06:40 AM  
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I have more than I have land for but there is a loop hole. It says as long as you have access to more land than you can keep the horses on your property. So far no real complaints about the number of them but I only have 4 minis on 5 acres.
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Old 01-09-2009, 11:45 AM  
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No worries - I know how it is; I too get carried away sometimes...

I do like the 'loop hole' input! Who knows, maybe there will be a neighbour letting us lease some land. Fantastic idea! Thanks!
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In our MD I had three horses (and two llamas) on five acres, which did not meet the criteria of 4 acres per horse.
I always kept adequate feed (a stockpile of hay) to demonstrate that our land could support that number of horses.
You do take a chance though that if someone complains, if you are not meeting the criteria, you could be asked to downsize.
I think the real estate agents are sort of correct, but I don't like their answer either.
What part of Alberta are you looking at? The Calgary/Red Deer area remains expensive, unless you're well out of town, although prices have softened a little.
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hmm--i never thought of that frankly--i just bought in Bonnyville area and only have 10 acres about 3/4 will be fenced for the horse--i have 3.5 (preg) now but will have about 6 i think when done-- if i dont have enogh pasture i plan on feeding hay but never thought about restrictions oops--too late now i guess!
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I have to admit, there have been times I had more then I was supposed to and noone ever said anything of it. Ditto of my neighbor. I am not sure if they look the other way as long as you are managing them fine or if they just didn't notice. I am not sure that I would want to buy knowing it was to small for the amount of animals I had.
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I have to admit, there have been times I had more then I was supposed to and noone ever said anything of it. Ditto of my neighbor. I am not sure if they look the other way as long as you are managing them fine or if they just didn't notice. I am not sure that I would want to buy knowing it was to small for the amount of animals I had. For instance, before we live where I'm at now, we looked at a place that all total was 3 acres...and I had 7 horses. So, I knew already that would be to small for the 7..I told the realtor although everything was very nice, that is why we were no longer interested. She said the county never actually enforces that law and it would be fine...I don't think she had a clue how much land horses need or why and she just wanted to sell the place.
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wth? no idea how i double posted ..i edited to clarify and now there are two posts..
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Old 01-12-2009, 09:29 AM  
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Thank you guys! I will go with my gut feeling and try to find a place that legaly allowes me to have my six horses on the property and ignore the 'so what' comments the real estate agenst tend to make Better safe than sorry, right?
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