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The Facets of Maintaining a Horse Ranch

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Imagine waking up to the sounds of nature and being able to walk out your door and go for a morning ride. People who own horse ranches talk about the satisfaction each day brings. They're able to spend time with majestic animals that bring such pleasure. Before you jump into horse ranch ownership, however, there are some things you need to know. Along with the benefits, you'll be maintaining a horse ranch, and that takes some effort.

Set-up

You can go several directions with a horse ranch. Some things will depend on what discipline you participate in, while others on whether you're interested in training or breeding. A few basic aspects are what you need before moving horses to your property.

  • Fencing: The right fencing is an essential part your ranch set-up. You'll want something that keeps even the most determined horse contained.
  • Shelter: There's no guarantee that the weather is going to be tolerable for horses all the time. There also may be horses you prefer to keep stalled. You can choose a barn and/or loafing shed as shelter.
  • Food and tack storage: Keep food safe from pests. Build storage within the barn or in a separate structure.
  • Turnout: Turnouts are smaller enclosures that allow horses outside.
  • Round pen: For training purposes, a round pen is a must.
  • Arenas: There are both indoor or outdoor arenas.

A horse ranch can be fairly straightforward or more upscale. There are things like washing stations, breeding facilities or a heated barn with an apartment. It all depends on how far you want to take your hobby.

Maintaining a Horse Ranch

Maintenance is a part of everyday ranch life. There are feedings, exercise, training and upkeep of the land, fencing and structures. You'll also want a routine schedule of basic services:

  • Feed or hay orders
  • Farrier
  • Veterinarian

Costs

Your horse ranch can be many things, and costs will fluctuate for various types. A large operation will cost more, and you won't be able to do it alone. Even with a small ranch, you may want to invest in some assistance. Potential costs include:

  • Ranch hands, trainers or other maintenance workers
  • Horse purchases and upkeep
  • Feed
  • Tack and gear

Horse ranch ownership is priceless if you truly love it. If you're ready to take the plunge, The Brooks Companies has a variety of horse ranch opportunities available.