Rural and suburban farmland can make some of the most stunningly beautiful properties, but a proper horse farm must be more than picturesque. In fact, there are several qualities of an estate that must be considered if you’d like to construct a horse farm.
Space and environment are key factors for all horse farms. An ideal property must have ample room for horses to gallop and graze, as well as allotted areas for stables and shelters. A single horse needs roughly 1.5 acres to thrive, so use this to calculate the minimum acceptable acreage you’ll need in a property. Although horse farms can sometimes coexist happily with suburban civilization, the necessary acreage to separate horses from blaring car horns and fuel exhaust often makes remote properties more desirable.
Prospective horse farm owners should also pay attention to the quality of a site’s resources. Areas with arid, inhospitable soil that also lack a natural water source will need expensive reconstruction to be suitable for keeping horses. Horse farms with pastures of grass and alfalfa have a much greater carrying capacity, however, and these features will minimize the cost of supplementary horse feed. Though natural ponds or running creeks are both valuable assets for a horse farm, man-made ponds and stock tanks will do just as well to hydrate horses.
Buyers will also want to examine a land tract’s footing. Unstable footing can mean painful injuries, expensive veterinary bills, and lengthy rehabilitation. Look for sharp rocks, burrow holes, or any other type of uneven terrain that may be problematic as a horse owner. Don’t forget that steady footing prevents more than simply animal injury; solid, stable soil anchors area fencing, which is critical to keeping track of your horses and preventing over-grazing. Also, very importantly, make sure you have enough pasture land that is well-drained and does not get overly muddy in the rainy seasons.
Attention to these characteristics will help you find a property tailored to the needs of a horse farm. For more information, check out our website and view what’s currently for sale. If you enjoyed this post, subscribe to our blog for more real estate tips and tricks!