You’ll likely find a variety of property options to choose from, including stunning horse ranches and farms. While it is tempting to rush to tour all the potential areas for your new property, we urge you to take time to think about the bigger picture.
We have put together this brief guide to help you.
So, let’s get started. It’s important to remember many factors when looking for property horses. First, we’ll ask some basic questions. Then we will provide a list of essential elements to consider when you search for properties. We are now:
- 1 1. Which level are you most interested in horses?
- 2 2. Which place do you wish to go to?
- 3 3. You may be looking for land to build on or purchase an existing horse property. Or, you might want to renovate an existing property to allow horses to live there.
- 4 4. Is it within your budget or price range? Is it a cash-purchase or financed purchase? Does it have to be contingent upon the sale of any other property?
1. Which level are you most interested in horses?
It would help if you liked horses or would not have decided to buy property for horses.
The possibilities are endless.
Remember, too, that interest levels can change, from being a novice to becoming a professional. That could result in you purchasing a new or upgraded property.
2. Which place do you wish to go to?
This decision may have many influences. Some of the most important ones include a desire for close friends or family and to live in an area or school district, near a city, or other factors. Beyond that, consider the following:
- You want to live near places that cater to your horse-related interests.
- It is essential to living near the hub of horse activities. This is important for professionals who serve a particular market or strive to succeed in the horse industry. It may also be worth considering the possibility of networking with other horse owners.
3. You may be looking for land to build on or purchase an existing horse property. Or, you might want to renovate an existing property to allow horses to live there.
These options are available to you in a variety of ways.
However, you should know that each option has its advantages and drawbacks.
However, building something new can get precisely what you need but require additional planning and time. It may also be more expensive.
You may find what you are looking for in an existing property, which is more efficient and less costly.
You can also buy an older property that can be renovated. However, this requires patience, planning, and vision, something not all buyers possess.
4. Is it within your budget or price range? Is it a cash-purchase or financed purchase? Does it have to be contingent upon the sale of any other property?
Like those in Question 3, each of the alternatives has its advantages.
You should be able to close your deal sooner if you are cash-paying.
To confirm your buying ability and to begin the loan application process, it is a good idea to get in touch with your lender before financing.
Now that we have answered the more critical questions let us get to the more concrete questions and critical factors.
Which number of acres would you like to cover?
Consider the structure of your farm: the home, barn, stables, and paddocks—storage for equipment and bedding. Hayfields are pastures that you can purchase hay from. There is also a riding area and trails on the property.
Are there any zoning restrictions or other requirements that must be considered in areas where your farm is to go?
You will need to allot two acres for each horse to graze on your pastures. Make sure you only choose properties with horses that are allowed or permitted under special use permits.
Also, be mindful of the boundary line setbacks, which may vary from one unit to another.
Learn about your soils.
Be aware of what soil type the property is before you purchase it.
Poorly-drained soils and clays that are too rich in horse traffic can cause problems for horses’ hooves and make it challenging to maintain your horse’s health during the wet season.
Ideal barns or paddocks are made of well-drained sandy soils. However, if soils have fine textures, it is essential to grade the grounds to improve water drainage.
There will be many soil types on farms. This should affect the design of the farm. To withstand drought, soils with high levels of loam are ideal for the construction and maintenance of hayfields. You can use agriculturally marginal soils for riding trails, turning out areas, and training.
How would you prefer the topography to look?
Both aesthetic and pragmatic relevance is given to the layout of the land. It is a beautiful horse farm set in rolling landscapes with many trees.
But, it’s a good idea to use some level ground as a building or training area. Hayfields and other pastures work best when the ground is level or slightly rolling.
How well the surface water drains away from the property is determined by topography. Low-quality drainage areas such as swamps and wetlands can harm horse farms. However, they are helpful for ecological biodiversity.
Horse farms will require water from both the home and the barn. Depending on how many horses are involved, it may be far more than the house.
Rural areas are often without access to water. There must be a well or wells available.
The primary uses of water on the farm are watering and washing horses, general cleaning, dust control in training areas, and, in some cases, irrigation. Irrigation is used to keep pastures green or water. Hayfields can exceed all other uses. You can also use surface water (from a stream, lake, or pond) for irrigation purposes if it is available.
Other utilities and services are available.
Others utilities and services include wastewater disposal, electric hookup, heating source (natural gas or LP gas), internet availability, and cell phone coverage. These are all essential points to remember.
Septic tanks or drain fields in rural areas are the best ways to dispose of and treat wastewater. Not all soils can be used with these systems. It may take percolation tests to verify that the grounds are compatible.
Although natural gas is preferred for heating, rural areas may only have propane gas. Space heating is not necessary for horses as they produce a lot of heat. Electricity is the best way to heat water or prevent horse drinking water from freezing.
Which coverage is it?
It is essential to have good internet connectivity and mobile phone coverage. Remote areas might still experience connection issues.
What are your strategies for dealing with the icky stuff?
Horse farms produce a lot of solid waste, which you will consider when purchasing a horse farm. It can be spread on the ground, given or sold to local farmers, or taken to a landfill by contract waste haulers.
Pre-existing and future structures
It doesn’t matter if you buy an old horse farm or one with structures that can easily be renovated to suit your needs. It is essential to inspect (1) the structure, buildings, and fences for any potential nuisance issues, (2) to assess the costs of renovations that may need to take place to make the property more suitable for your purposes, (3)
Make sure you find an agent with a deep understanding of equestrian properties. They won’t represent your interests if you don’t speak the same language as you do when talking about “horse.” Make sure you do your research to ensure that they have the proper knowledge.
Last but not least, think about your neighbors.
Horse owners are usually amiable and can be great teammates. Horse people are generally open to socializing and networking with other horse owners who have the same interests, such as country living and horses.
However, some people enjoy outdoor activities without regard to environmental stewardship and the sensitiveness of others. Before purchasing, ask questions about your neighbors or meet them in person.
There it is.
This list of considerations and questions was hopefully helpful. There are many things to consider before purchasing horse property or other property.
It’s not rocket science as such, but it is a matter of doing your research and being thorough. In this respect, it is essential to partner with qualified, competent Realtors.