A horse farm is probably one of the most beautiful real estate properties there is. As you drive up the drive, you’re met with a picturesque view: A red roofed white two story house with a large red barn next to it, surrounded by immaculate board fences and green pastures. Of course, there are several horses staring over the fence at you, their coats gleaming in the sunshine.
But aside from its looks, what makes a good horse farm? If you’re planning on buying or building a horse farm, here are a few things to keep in mind.
It might seem like an obvious thing, but be certain that if a house is on the farm, that it will fulfill your needs for a house. It wouldn’t make sense to buy a farm and have to build a new house.
Once again, make sure that the barn fits your needs. Two main things you should consider are size and convenience. Does it have enough space? Is it convenient to the house, the road or driveway, and the pastures?
Anther item to consider is water supply. If you have a drought, an ample water supply could be the difference between your farm going under or surviving. Ideally, you should have at least two sources of water – a well and a creek, for example. Be sure that you have pipes carrying the water to key locations, such as the water trough and the barn.
How much pasture does the farm have? Is it steep? Is it good quality? Would any of it be suitable for hay fields? All of these are questions you should ask yourself.
Of course, these factors are only the very basics. Before buying a horse farm, you should take many factors into consideration to ensure that not only are you getting what you need, but you’re also making a sound financial decision.