Choosing an equestrian property requires additional care and attention. Whether it is your first time to purchase an equestrian property or otherwise, the following tips will help you explore horse ranches for sale in Texas.
- Get to know the land
- Check the available structures
- Double-check the fences
- Identify access points
Horse keeping is largely affected by the inherent qualities of a plot of land. Horses need good, flat land to graze and roam around, water for hydration, and good soil rid of rocks.
Ideally, a good equestrian property should have ample pastures with good sand loam soil. This kind of soil is preferable, as it grows good grass for grazing. Sand loam soil also drains well, which is important, as soupy soil, together with loose rocks, can make horses’ hooves weak and damaged.
An equestrian property should also have its own private well. Getting water from a third-party supplier is not recommended for equestrian properties as they consume large volumes. Having your own direct supply of water will enable you and your hands to keep paddocks, troughs, and such well-stocked and your horses hydrated, especially during the hotter months.
Aside from land quality and features, facilities are equally important in your horse farm search. Look for the following structures and assess their conditions:
a. Barn: How many stalls are there? Does the barn have insulation, matted stalls, automatic waters, good ventilation, and a fly spray system in place?
b. Tack room: Is it secure? Are there storage features? Is it safe from extreme temperatures?
c. Feed room: Is it horse- and rodent-proof? How many bales of hay and sacks of grain can it hold?
d. Run-in sheds or other types of shelter: Do these have ample cover from the elements (sunshine, winds, and rain)?
e. Equipment storage: What can fit in there? Is the space covered and also protected from the elements?
It would also be wise to check the material used for the arena. Can it withstand continuous impact and provide ample cushioning? Is the footing conducive for your discipline? Do you need a covered area or will an outdoor riding arena with good drainage suit your needs?
Fences for horse properties should be strong, sturdy, and in overall great condition to keep the horses within the property. Loose posts and nails, cracked boards, rusty fences, and barbed wires can compromise their safety.
It is highly recommended to have fences with three to four boards. Instead of installing barbed wire (which can injure horses), opt for other materials, such as pipe and cable or post and rail.
It is important to have several ways to get into the equestrian property, and these paths should also be able to accommodate large trucks and trailers for delivery of feed, bedding, and hay.
Avoid dirt paths as they can easily make the property inaccessible for you, your suppliers, and service providers, such as veterinarians and farriers. Parking for their vehicles are also a must.
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