There are spectacular horse farms for sale at all times, so you will likely have a wide variety to explore. You may be tempted to dive straight in and start exploring the areas you have designated for your property, but we encourage you to be prudent in your process, because we know when you will be ahead. Leave it will bring a lot of profit later.
To help you, we’ve put together this quick read – a kind of starter.
So, let’s get started. There are many things to consider when searching for horse property. We start with a few general questions and follow it up with a list of important considerations to keep in mind when searching for properties. Here we go:
1. How much do you like horses?
Of course you love horses, otherwise you would not have decided to buy a horse property.
But beyond that, the range varies from a desire for a property that can accommodate one or two horses to a commercial equestrian center specializing in vocational training, boarding, breeding, or more.
Also keep in mind that your level of interest may improve, for example from a beginner to a fully engaged professional, which may lead you to a new property or upgrade.
2. Where do you want to be?
Naturally, there may be many variables that influence this decision, including key factors such as the desire to be close to friends and family, or living in a particular area or school town, or near a particular city. But beyond that, keep in mind that your answer to question 1 will have its own considerations, such as:
- Be willing to approach facilities that satisfy your horse-related interests, such as open terrain, hiking trails, or special training or show facilities for specific types of horses.
- You want to be near the “Industry Center” for your special horse activity. This is especially important if you are a marketer or aspiring to achieve levels of success in the equine industry. The ability to easily communicate with like-minded horses may be considered.
3. Do you want to build a new building on vacant land, buy existing horse property or buy existing property that can be rebuilt to house the horse?
You can identify one or be open to all of these possibilities, and your preference may be influenced by some factors that you need to consider as you continue your study.
Know for now that each of these options has its advantages and disadvantages.
New construction enables you to have exactly what you want, but it also requires more planning and time and may be more expensive.
Buying an existing property is probably faster and possibly cheaper, but you may not find exactly what you are looking for.
– And buying existing recyclable property may have the benefits of the first two options, but it requires planning, patience and insight that not all buyers have.
4. What is your price range or budget? Will it be cash purchase or financing? Is it conditional on the sale of other property?
Like answering question 3, each of these options has its own advantages.
If you pay cash, you should be able to close your purchase sooner and probably negotiate a better price.
If you are financing your purchase, it is best to contact a lender in advance to confirm your purchasing power and application process.
With these broader questions, let’s look at more specific questions and important factors to consider:
How many hectares are you looking for?
Think about farm layout – accommodation, barns, stables, shelves, pens and storage equipment, alfalfa, feed, wood, bedding, etc. as well as hay pastures and farms (unless you are going to buy all your equipment. Alfalfa ), Equestrian arenas and hiking trails on site.
Are there any zoning or other restrictions that should be considered in the areas where you want your farm?
If you want to maintain grazing pastures, you have to allocate two hectares for each horse. Be sure to choose properties where horses are allowed to be used or licensed under a special use permit.
And be aware of border line retreats, which can vary by government unit.
Know your soils
Know the types of soil before buying a property.
During wet seasons, poorly drained clay and loamy soils are a nightmare in areas where horse traffic is high and can be a health problem for horse venom.
Ideally, reservoirs and paddocks should be in well-drained sandy soils, or, if on fine-textured soils, should be graded to increase positive drainage of water away from reservoirs and busy areas.
Many farms have different types of soil, which should affect the farm design based on the applications for which the soil type is suitable. High loam soils are great for alfalfa fields and pastures to help with drought resistance. Marginal agricultural soils can be used for trail rides, training areas, and areas where horses are kept on hay instead of pasture.
What would you like the topography to be like?
The design of the land has a practical and aesthetic connection. A beautiful horse farm in a tree-lined landscape has a lot of aesthetic appeal.
However, from a practical point of view, some flat lands are suitable for construction and educational areas. Also, alfalfa fields and pastures have the best performance on smooth or gently rolled arable land.
Topography controls how surface water is drained from the property. Wetlands, swamps and ponds have poor drainage, which contributes to ecological diversity, but are of little use on horse farms.
Access to water
In horse farm operations, drinking water is used both in the dwelling and in the barn, and depending on the number of horses, the gallons used in the barn may be much more than the amount consumed at the lodge.
Most rural areas do not have access to a public water source, so it is important to have a well (or wells) available, or to have an underground aquifer under the property from which a good water source can be built.
The primary uses of farm water are for watering and washing horses, general cleaning, dust control in training areas, and in some cases, irrigation. Irrigation used to keep pastures green or to irrigate forage fields can exceed all other uses. If available, surface water from a pond, lake or creek can often be used for irrigation purposes.
Availability of other tools and services
Other tools and services include sewage disposal, electricity connection, heating energy source (natural gas, LP gas, furnace oil), internet availability, mobile phone coverage and solid waste disposal. All is important to consider.
In rural areas, septic tanks and drains are the most practical way to treat and dispose of wastewater. However, not all soils are suitable for these systems. Infiltration tests may be performed to determine the suitability of soils.
Natural gas is the preferred source of energy for heating, but many rural areas will only have propane gas available. Horses produce a lot of body heat, so the need for space heating may be limited. Heating the wash water and preventing the horse’s drinking water from freezing is usually done with electricity.
How about coverage?
Having a good internet connection and cell phone coverage is becoming increasingly essential. Some remote areas may still have connection problems.
How will you manage smelly cases?
Horse farms produce a significant amount of solid waste in the form of manure, and you want to consider how to manage the manure when planning to buy a horse farm. Options spread it on the ground, perhaps giving it to nearby farmers or selling it, or transporting it by landfill with a contracted waste carrier.
Existing and planned structures
Whether you are buying an existing horse farm or a farm with existing structures that can be rebuilt for horse-related uses, closely (1) the quality of the structures, including buildings and fences, (2) the potential for intrusive problems in The result is created, check. From improper layout or accepted use, (3) to determine the cost of remodeling necessary to fit your intended use of the property.
Find an agent who really understands the characteristics of equestrianism – if they do not know what you are talking about, they may not be able to show you the best interest. Do your best to find someone with the necessary knowledge.
And last but not least, the neighbors
Horse people are generally quite good neighbors and easy to get along with. In general, they like to network and socialize with people who have similar interests, such as horses and rural life.
However, there are people who enjoy outdoor activities with little regard for the environment or the sensitivity of others, so before buying, it is wise to ask questions about the neighbors, or it is better to meet them in person.
Wow, there it is.
We hope this list of questions and considerations has been helpful and not too daunting. Yes, you should consider buying a horse property or any other property.
But, as has been said, this is not the science of missiles either, but merely a matter of doing the necessary tasks and precision. And of course, in this regard, working with a qualified and qualified real estate consultant is also important