If you often find yourself dreaming of being able to be able to watch your horses grazing from the comfort of your own equestrian estate, dream no longer. Finding a horse property, equestrian estate, farm or ranch is now within reach.
In order to ensure your full satisfaction, we suggest that you refine your search by considering the following amenities many horse farms and ranches offer. Following are the most common options to consider:
Since many equine properties have existing stables or shelter for horses, consider whether you would prefer to work with an existing structure or build your own.
Here are some features you may want to investigate during your search:
• Structural Soundness - While there is a great deal of charm to many old barns; safety must be your first consideration
• While remodeling is always an option, you may choose to replace the old stable with a modern and affordable prefabricated one
• Location - Consider the stable’s proximity to the road, house and storage facilities
• Be sure to evaluate how its location will affect the risk of flooding
• Ventilation - Good ventilation in the stable is critical to your horses health
• Number of Stalls - An appropriate number and size of stalls for your horses
• Stall floors should be dirt or matted with good drainage
• Center aisle with non-slip flooring
• Feed room
• Tack room
Take some time to consider what type of stable will work best for you and your horses.
Stable stalls are perhaps the most important part of the stable itself. Keep in mind that they are there to protect the horse and everyone around it. Make sure there is no way your horse can escape, injure itself or visitors or damage the stable.
Crucial factors in the stalls’ safety would be the size and construction of the existing or planned stalls. Here are some specific details to look out for:
Road Access: The ability for trucks to access your horse farm easily is critical to the smooth operation of the facility. Regardless of the proximity to the main road, it is imperative to have a well-maintained road to the barn and storage areas that allows large trucks to safely enter and turn around.
Most horse farms will have some sort of existing fencing. When evaluating the current fencing and planned improvements, think of the primary job of a fence. It must contain the horses without injury and ideally improve the appeal of your property aesthetically.
Some fencing options include:
• Wood Fencing - Wood, while traditionally beautiful and generally safe, is difficult to maintain and can be costly.
• Vinyl Fencing - Providing the aesthetic beauty of a traditional wood fence, vinyl fencing is safe and very durable.
• Electric Fencing - Used alone or with an existing fence, electric fences can discourage a horse’s natural propensity to wander by providing both a physical and psychological barrier.
• Barbed Wire – Barbed wire is not recommended based on frequent injury.
Pastures and Turn Outs:
Your horse farm should have ample room to turn out your horses and allow them to roam. Take the number of horses you will board and intended use of the turnouts into consideration when selecting a horse property.
It is necessary to find an estate with an existing arena or room to build one if you plan on doing arena riding. Building or improving arenas can be costly, however, and shouldn’t be underestimated. Footing is a considerable investment that will affect the soundness of your horses and the amount of maintenance your arena will require. You will also want to keep in mind that you may need a covered or indoor arena depending on the climate of your equestrian estate.
On-site barns and pastures should have ample access to water for the health of the horses.
Electricity is another factor that will affect the usability of your ranch. Stables need electricity if for no other reason than to use in an emergency. Arena lighting may also be necessary, particularly if you intend to use your horse property as a boarding facility.
Feed and equipment storage:
Having ample hay, grain and equipment storage on your horse farm is both convenient and cost effective. It will prolong the life of your feed by protecting it from the elements and minimize maintenance on farm equipment. Additionally, a secure feed area will protect horses that get loose from over-eating and making themselves sick.
Last, but certainly not least, you should consider the home on your horse property. Does it meet your family's needs? Is it well placed in relation to the barn?
With a list of priorities, amenities and wishes in mind, you can refine your search.
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