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What to Know About Running a Horse Property


Running a horse property isn't for the faint of heart. But if you dream of waking up every morning to feed hungry horses then you might be up for the challenge.

Buying A Horse Property

If you're building a property from scratch on vacant land, the first thing to look for is a tract of land that will support your horses. Make sure you analyze the following before buying land:

  • Pasture quality
  • Type of soil
  • Varieties of grass
  • Growing conditions

You also have to consider the amount of space you will occupy with a house, barn, storage areas, etc. Finding land that is suitable for a horse property also takes some time and diligence. Be sure to do your research and know exactly what you need before you start looking to buy.

What You'll Need

Running a functioning horse property is no small feat. And, if you don't have every piece of the puzzle, you will be setting your self up for disaster. Here's a quick run down of what you'll need:

Solid Planning: Planning is perhaps the most important step. Unless you have extensive knowledge and experience in construction you will need to hire an architect, engineer, contractor and/or designer to help you lay out all of the details in black and white.

Budget: Map out every financial detail, crunch the numbers and leave room for unexpected costs. Whatever you plan to spend, increase it by 10% so you have enough cushion to cover any unpleasant surprises.

Fencing: Horse-safe fencing should always be a top priority when caring for horses. Your horses can suffer severe or even fatal injuries because of improper fencing. Consult with an expert to ensure your horses' health and safety.

Shelter: Of course your horses will need shelter to protect themselves from the elements. Although, horses tend to live healthier and longer lives when they are provided with natural shelter. You could build a barn for the colder months (for your own comfort) while also providing plenty of natural shelter as well.

Other necessary features include:

  • Hay and feed storage
  • Horse trailer
  • Grazing area

What to Remember

When running a horse property, you are always thinking of ways to improve your operations. No matter how many horses you have, it's a lot of work. But with the right amount of planning, you'll be able to enjoy the benefits instead of stressing about the details.