Purchasing an equine property is a dream for horse lovers. There are a wide variety of horse properties to choose from, including horse farms, working showjumping yards, ranches, polo estates, or racehorse training facilities. Equestrian estates for sale offer a worthwhile investment and many years of enjoyment.
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There are many different types of equine land and properties for sale. Horse properties can range in size from small homestead properties to sprawling ranches with hundreds of acres. When searching for an equine property for sale, it's key to work with the right agent. A real estate agent who knows, loves, and rides horses is someone who understands the lifestyle you are looking for.
What to look for in an equine property
Horses have specific needs and the land you choose will have to reflect that. Also remember to think long term, and how your land needs may change over time. There are several things to look for when buying an equine property.
Is there an adequate place for a manure pile? Make sure there is space to put one that passes any potential HOA regulations, local zoning regulations, and environmental regulations.
Be sure to carefully check the condition of existing fences, and plan for those that need to be built or replaced. Remember, barbed wire should never be used on any equine property.
The recommended pasture area to support one horse is 2.5 acres. Be sure the property you are looking at has abundant pasture land. Pasture grass is the best feed for horses, and if there is not enough, you will have to supplement your horse’s diet with good hay.
Some pastures look good from a distance but may have noxious plants or undesirable weeds. It is vital that you and your agent check every property you look at for plants that are toxic to horses, like Foxglove.
When you have a dream horse property in your head, it may be hard to find in reality. This means sometimes you are going to have to settle for a great house, or a great barn, but not always both. Compromise is key. Be prepared both mentally and financially to do renovations and add buildings as needed. If you do build a barn or decide to renovate, remember to:
Commercial Horse Properties
Equine properties can generate significant amounts of income. Training, accommodating, and competing horses is a big business, and can include barns, stables, and other types of properties. Some of these include:
These are just a few of the reasons purchasing this type of real estate is such a solid investment. Would you like to see your equine properties listings on Land Broker MLS? Join our Co-op by signing up today.