You love your horses and you know they’ll have a great home in Boulder County, Colorado, where the fresh mountain air, wide open spaces, and pleasantly cool weather are perfect for the equestrian lifestyle. But while the location is great for horses, you don’t want move to just any old property here.
You’ll want to have everything your horses need at hand. At the same time, you also have to consider your family’s comfort and convenience. To help you find the right equestrian property, check out our list on the features to look into.
When looking for a horse property, you need to consider the size of the pasture and make sure you have enough space to be able to rotate paddocks. This is important in order to avoid overgrazing.
The size you need will depend on the number and size of your horses. Generally, it’s advisable to have at least one acre of land for every horse, but two acres for every horse is the ideal.
Look into the land’s topography and surface. Avoid steep slopes as these can put too much strain on the horses’ tendons. Marshy, soggy land can weaken hooves, while tree branches on a heavily wooded property might cause injury.
Free-draining land is desirable as it is easier to maintain and is not prone to sogginess. It also prevents pooled water, which can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other disease-carrying insects. Preferred soil choices include light loams and chalk.
Consider as well the appropriateness of the topography to building barns and stables. A sloped terrain may need leveling, which can cost you dearly. Pastures are also an important consideration. Are there adequate pastures, or do you need to establish them from scratch? In the case of the latter, look into the costs involved and how long it would take for the pastures to develop.
You will want to be near veterinary services where your horses can get the health care they need. It would also be ideal to provide easy access for vets and their equipment for when they visit or when there’s an emergency. There should also be easy passage for the delivery of hay and other food supplies.
On top of these, you should also consider your own convenience. Look into access to your place of work, the kids’ schools, groceries and other amenities, and so on.
Horses need 5 to 10 gallons of water a day, so make sure you have access to adequate water sources, such as a high-yielding deep well or an automatic watering system. Running water on the land will also help, but look into water rights first.
Structures and facilities
Look into existing barns and how they can accommodate bales of hay, your horsing equipment and tools, and other farming equipment. There must a separate and secure storage space for food that may be harmful to horses.
Stables must be well-ventilated and well-maintained, with electricity and running hot water. If you plan to use a community stable, inspect the property first and learn about the range of services provided by the stable.
You also need to consider how to dispose of horse manure. You may spread it over the property if you have enough land, or designate a place that complies with zoning and environmental regulations where you can stock manure pile.
Buying an equestrian property needs special attention and know how. I can help you find the property in Boulder County that’s right for you and your equine friends. Call me at 303-443-6161 or 303-359-6627, or email me at MHughes@LIVSIR.com.