Things to Consider when Viewing Horse Ranches for Sale

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There are a number of different real estate options when it comes to horse properties. For some, equestrian subdivisions that offer a community stable, where horses can be boarded and groomed, with a variety of riding trails may be the answer. For others, however, nothing compares to living on a spacious ranch where they can look out the window and view their beautiful horses grazing in the pasture. If the latter describes you, here are a few things you will want to consider when viewing horse ranches for sale.

Fencing

Obviously, the property will need to be fenced in order to keep livestock or horses from straying. If you are purchasing an undeveloped parcel of land, this can be quite an expense that you will need to factor into your budget. If you are viewing pre-developed horse ranches for sale, you will want to check the quality of the fencing to ensure that there are no signs of rotting or any damaged sections that will need to be replaced.

Stable

The structural soundness and features of the stable are almost as important as those in the ranch house itself. Safety should be the first consideration when inspecting stables on horse ranches for sale. Other things to look for include:

  • Convenient location
  • Adequate ventilation
  • Number of Stalls
  • Feed room features
  • Tack room features
  • Type of flooring

The flooring is often overlooked, but is an important feature to take into account. Most people prefer a center aisle with non-slip flooring. Rubber flooring is an added bonus as it absorbs the sound of heavy footfalls. Also, the stall floors should be matted or consist of dirt with good drainage.

Water Source

Finally, all pastures and outbuildings should have a water source that is easily accessible. This is critical to the health of the horses.

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