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Randy in Ia.    Posted 07-04-2004 at 21:13:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm renting 29 acres for horse grazing to a neighbor. What is a fair charge to do this and is there a formula to charge per head to take advantage of Uncle Sams Ag programs? I want to be fair yet not be taken advantage of. Currently he has 15-20 horses on it now and I do have a pond they use for water. Is there a differant way for over the winter use as well? I also have freeze proof self waterers he will use. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Joe Dirt    Posted 07-05-2004 at 05:39:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Around here (WI) last I knew pasture went by the head per month. It was at $7-8 per head per month. This is for cattle though, not horses. Seems to me horses were more, I can't recall why. Maybe they eat more? I'm not a horse person.

Of course we haven't had to rent using that formula. We only have a pasture thats rented, and we rent the pasture and the crop ground for 1 lump sum. We did use per head per month to figure out about how much it should be costing us for rent though

mat    Posted 07-05-2004 at 04:55:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
here in nw Ia pasture rents for 40 an acre or more. If he is going to run that many horses you might want to rotate graze as you will tear pasture up and it costs lot of money to reseed and weed problem too boot. pasture is getting hard to get also

Dieselrider    Posted 07-05-2004 at 04:33:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm not a horse man but, that sounds like way too many horses on that much pasture. If he keeps it at 15 he might be ok. Unless he feeds other feed than the grass.

Indydirtfarmer    Posted 07-05-2004 at 04:20:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Even here in Kentucky (where horses are ROYALTY) you aren't going to get anything from state/federal for "horse pasture".
I have a few acres of pasture land that we don't use anymore, at the farm in Indiana. I rent it to a couple that pastures their horses there. I get the "going rate" per acre in our area. ($100 to $115 per acre. usually is for crop land, with pasture land considerably less) I would have it no-tilled in soybeans or corn otherwise.
I prefer to rent the ground, and have the horse owner take care of their own horses. When you get into boarding and caring for the horses, you open up a whole 'nuther can of worms, insurance liability wise. John

Burrhead    Posted 07-04-2004 at 21:32:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm in Texas and you might have an Iowa state program or exemption you fall into, but, for animal use it has to be used to keep a milk, fiber, or meat producing animal to be eligible for USDA programs.

The gubbermint don't care if you use them as logging draft animals or if you eat the horses they still don't qualify at USDA-FSA.

Usually around me owners won't rent land for horses because landowners can't get a tax exemption with them as they are in the *pleasure* classification of farm animals.

Husker    Posted 07-04-2004 at 21:20:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Charge a penny a monthe for the first horse then double for the second horse, then double that for the third, continue on doubling the amount for each horse. This sounds cheap, but calculate it out! LOL Really, I don't know a good formula, but someone will.

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