Have You Dreamed of Having Your Horses Closer to Where You Live

Have You Dreamed?

Have You Dreamed?

Purchasing a horse property is a significant step for equestrian enthusiasts, blending the joy of having your horses near with the complexities of real estate and animal care. Here are some essential considerations to keep in mind:

1. Location and Zoning Laws

  • Proximity to Amenities: Look for a property that’s within a reasonable distance of veterinary services, feed stores, and equestrian communities.
  • Zoning Laws: Ensure the property is zoned for horses and understand any restrictions that may apply, such as the number of horses allowed per acre.

2. Land and Terrain

  • Acreage: More space is generally better, but you should have at least 1-2 acres per horse to provide adequate area for exercise and contentment
  • Terrain: Assess the land’s topography and drainage. Flat or gently rolling land is preferable. Avoid flood-prone areas.

3. Water

  • Water Access: Ensure there’s a reliable, clean water source for the horses.

4. Facilities and Infrastructure

  • Stabling: Evaluate the condition and size of existing stables or barns. Consider ventilation, lighting, weather protection, and space for each horse.
  • Fencing: Safe, secure fencing is crucial. Check for any repairs needed and consider the cost of upgrading if necessary.
  • Riding Areas: If you plan to ride on the property, look for or consider adding a riding arena or trails.

5. Environmental Management

  • Manure Management: Plan for manure disposal or composting. Local regulations may dictate how you manage and dispose of waste.

6. Community and Neighbors

  • Equestrian Community: Being near an active equestrian community can offer camaraderie, resources, and support.

7. Costs and Budgeting

  • Initial Costs: Beyond the purchase price, budget for any necessary repairs, fencing, barn modifications, and initial landscaping.
  • Ongoing Expenses: Include feed, veterinary care, farrier services, insurance, property maintenance, and taxes in your budget.

8. Future Planning

  • Resale Value: Think about the resale value and how horse-related improvements might affect it.

Conclusion: Buying a horse property is an exciting venture that requires careful planning and consideration. It’s advisable to work with real estate professionals experienced in rural and equestrian properties.

I can provide valuable insights and help navigate the complexities of purchasing a property suited to both your needs and the welfare of your horses. Give me a call – 925-482-7524, or email: Pamela.Burton@bhhsaz.com