Shopping for a horse property of your own can be very fun, but it can also be hard work. There are a lot of factors to consider when browsing the market. Not only does the house have to meet your needs, but the barn does also. Your horse deserves the proper home. Follow these tips to make horse property hunting easy.
- Location: The whereabouts of the property can dramatically affect the price and type of restrictions. If you work in the city, but the house is located in the country, than you’ll have to consider how far the commute will be. Furthermore, many areas limit the number of horses allowed per acre.
- Geography: Horses require good terrain when turned out in pasture. Wood lots, swamps, and mountainous properties all have unique challenges that make them less desirable. Large grassy fields that slightly slope are ideal.
- Size: The amount of acreage greatly impacts how large your facility can be. Do you expect to just have one or two personal horses? Maybe three to four acres is no big deal, but if you want to establish a larger barn you’ll want to consider purchasing more land.
- Condition: Evaluate the current barn and fencing to see how much work is needed. If nothing exists, consider the building costs involved in permits, materials, and labor. Some older barns may pose problems for horses, especially if they were intended for other livestock.
- Resources: Certain parts of the country need to consider water restrictions for livestock. Other areas may have toxic plants that have invaded the pastures. Either way, make sure your horse’s natural necessities of food, water, and shelter are readily available.
Take time to visit a few different properties before making any decisions. It is wise to speak with your lending bank first and get an estimate of what you can afford. Horse properties range in size, price, and outbuildings. It’s your job to find one that meets the needs of you and your horses.