If you think you are ready for purchasing a horse property, you will need to take into consideration all horse property management you will have to do and the responsibility of your horse´s well-being. Once you feel ready and start visiting horse properties for sale, you will also need to consider a few things before buying a horse property. Thins like checking soils, looking for existing vegetation, the neighborhood are just some of the aspects you have to consider when purchasing the property.
Take this advice once you have made your decision:
- Existing vegetation: When visiting for horse properties, take a look of the existing vegetation and pastures to help you determine conditions on the property. Also look at the quality of the grass in the pastures. Having fields with lots of grass can help you reduce your hay bill during the summer.
- The neighborhood: Check out your neighborhood to see if it is compatible with horses. Non-equine neighbors might not be tolerant of files and odors or early morning tractors mowing pastures.
- Notice what is there already: Carefully look for all human-made features such as barns, sheds, arenas and fences. Inventory their usefulness, soundness, and appropriateness for horses. Evaluate for any other improvements that may be needed in the future. Check for existing manure piles, calculate the space and make sure it is in a safe location. It will have to be removed if it is near a water source, a ravine or a steep bank.
- Wells and septic systems: Determine the location of the septic system and well and their relationship to another structure. Septic systems should be working properly and drain fields should not be under driveways, roads, confinement areas or pastures.
- Check soils: Choose an appropriate soil type. Look for dry, well-drained soils for building, confinement areas, arenas, and other structures. For pastures, soils like sandy loam that have a fair amount of organic matter is a great option. Soils that aren´t drained well, or have poor nutrients like rocky soils are not the best for rich horse pastures.
- Space: Determine how much land you need before you start looking for properties. Three acres may be sufficient if you want to have a small backyard barn with only two horses, but you will need a larger property for several horses or business.
- Time of the year: Usually, autumn is the best time of the year to start scouring the market for your perfect equestrian property. This is because homeowners who have been all summer with events and competitions, finally have the time to start advertising their property.
Choosing an equestrian property to purchase is a life changing decision. You may want to move to a larger property to accommodate a growing collection of horses or buy a horse property for the first time, but no matter what the situation you are or what kind of equestrian property you choose, you will have to considerate these important factors before buying it. This video explains in detail how to maintain a good pasture for your horses.