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Over the years we have catered to a unique population of horse lovers in this area. As horse owners ourselves, we are familiar with the special interests of equestrians through their own activities as owners, exhibitors, trainers, and judges. The spectacular landscape of the Hudson Valley contains an abundance of gentleman farms, country estates, and hunting stables.
What to look for when buying a horse ranch.
Unlike purchasing other real property, buying a property destined for use raising and training horses comes with its own list of must-haves and can’t forget features. Here are some factors essential to keep in mind when buying a horse farm in New York.
Location, access, and size
The first three things you must consider are where your equestrian real estate is going to be located, how easy it is to get to by car or truck, and how big it needs to be for your particular use. Based on whether you plan to breed and raise horses, train them, or offer stable facilities, the location may need to be close to riding schools, local veterinarians, feed stores, tack shops, and training facilities. Accessibility is important for bringing in food and equipment, access for vet visits, and getting to the farm in emergencies. Navigation from the barn to riding arenas or other destinations should be as easy and direct as possible.
As to the size of your horse farm, the rule of thumb is that one and a half acres are needed per horse, but the more space the better.
Grazing and habitat.
Your grazing area needs to be manageable, allowing you to rest pastures for six weeks at least twice a year. Land ideal for growing quality grasses consists of sandy, loamy and organic soils. Check to make sure there are no toxic plants such as Ragwort, Foxglove, or Nightshade species that are harmful to horses.
Your horse ranch needs sufficient riding space on level, stable topography. A slope of less than fifteen percent of rolling or flat land allows you to control rain run-off and erosion. Be sure your ranch comes with suitable, well-maintained fencing. It can add to the value of the ranch and ensures safety and visibility.
Find out where natural water sources are using hydrological maps available through the U.S.Geological Survey, (USGS) then check the water rights protecting them. A horse consumes five to ten gallons of water per day, so water resources are critical in your location selection.
Septic systems and drainage.
Wells and septic systems can be a mixed blessing. Have the seller pump out the septic tank and make sure leach fields do not drain under the pastureland. Good drainage is also important because muddy land brings a lot of problems that can cause health problems in horses. If possible, visit the property after a good rain and see where water accumulates.
If you plan to grow your equestrian property, check first for local zoning and building laws that may affect your growth. Examine surrounding properties to make sure they’re suitable for your future needs.
Check your outbuildings.
Structures on your site need to be safe and preferably well maintained. Minor issues like broken stall walls or downed fences can be easily repaired, but problems like a sagging or unstable foundation may be beyond fixing.
The primary stable.
If the property you are looking at has a stable, it should be large enough to store food and equipment, as well as have room for your horses. If there isn’t a barn or stable, you can build one, but not before you go through the local county building permit process. Like the stable, the tack room must be secure and dry and located in a convenient place for storing food, saddles and tack, blankets, and other equipment.
If the property doesn’t have a stable, you must at least be able to provide your horses with proper cover for shade, wind, and rain. Caring for your horses the year around will require heated facilities and extra conveniences to protect your horses in a New York winter. A riding arena must be built on a solid base, with excellent drainage. It is crucial to provide proper footing and make the arena last longer.
Be sure you have space to store trailers, spreaders, tractors, and maintenance equipment for the arena. When combined with proper maintenance, your machinery will last much longer.
Knowing your priorities and what to look for in the equestrian property you buy will make finding the right one a much easier process.
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- New York State Horse Council
- Eastern New York Dressage & Combined Training Association
- Central New York Dressage & Combined Training Association
- United States Dressage Federation
- United State Eventing Association
- Area 1 USEA
- United States Equestrian Federation
- The Chronicle of the Horse
Reach out to our Equestrian Specialists.
They will be happy to help you find the perfect property for you and your horses.
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