Every horse owner has different needs, but despite any desires there are some basics to consider first. For Marion County residents, we have to live up to a reputation as the “Horse Capital of the World,” which means uncompromising principles for our horse farms. If it’s your first time buying a horse farm or if you’re a seasoned veteran, here are some things to look out for when purchasing a horse property:
1. Well Maintained Pastures
Has the pasture been well maintained? If you notice a lot of weeds popping up, it likely means horses haven’t been grazing around the land. In addition, it means you need ot make sure there aren’t any toxic plants on your pasture before letting the horses out. General upkeep is a must have for any horse property.
2. Identify Water Sources
Making sure there is enough water for your horses is vital to keeping them healthy. Identify what water sources your horse farm has and if it’s enough for what you have planned. No one wants to experience a farm without water.
3. Access & Convenience
One of the most overlooked qualities to a horse farm is the driveway. It sounds simple, but consider bringing in 2 tons of hay. What happens to the roads after it rains? Standing water or wash-outs could prevent you from hauling your horse in and out. In addition, keep in mind any turns in the driveway. You want to make sure you have plenty of room to turn your car and trailer.
4. Examine the Farm’s Layout
Yes, your horse property has a home and the barn. But consider positioning. Is the barn downwind from the house? The last thing you want is the smell of manure seeping toward your house (not to mention Flys ride with the wind). Does your daily feeding/care routine fit nicely with the design of the property? Is there a water spigot nearby or will you have to haul hose line across the farm?
5. Find Room for Your Horse Trailer
This may be of more concern for smaller horse properties, but finding out if there’s enough room for your horse trailer is important. You will need a place to store it when not in use. Plus, you should see if there is a circular drive or big enough parking lot to make it a breeze to store your trailer. Make sure there’s enough room to load and unload your horses safely as well.
Buying a Horse Farm in Marion County
Though we only listed a few important items to consider when buying a horse farm, there are still a number of factors to consider. Your best bet to finding the perfect horse property is consulting with your real estate agent. With out experience, we can help guide you to discovering the right horse farm for you and your needs!