5 Tips For Buying Equestrian Property

Browsing equestrian properties for sale can be an exciting process, but it's important to choose a property that will best fit the needs of both people and horses. Whether you're looking to make your first ever foray into the world of equestrian property ownership, looking for equestrian properties for sale to meet the needs of a growing stable, or have even made the decision to downsize, consider these five factors before making your final decision to buy.

Location

Short-listing an equestrian property is about more than its location within the UK; you should also consider factors such as transport links if you travel regularly with your horses for shows or competitions, local veterinary practices and bridle paths. If you're planning to run a business from your equestrian property, you should also consider any planning issues and if there is a pool of potential clients and adequate accessibility at your chosen location.

Land

Ideally, you should aim for around two acres for each horse you plan to keep, with a minimum of around an acre. You also need to consider if you plan to rotate paddocks to prevent overgrazing. When viewing properties, consider factors such as the availability of shade and shelter in paddock areas.

Soil

Whilst the type of soil in a particular area may not be a deciding factor when deciding which equestrian property for sale is right for you, if you have the choice remember that free-draining land will make maintenance easier during colder months and make the ground safer for your horses. Sandy soils can lead to colic and heavy clay soils can be problematic.

Security

Consider the security on offer at your chosen property or the potential and cost of bringing safety aspects up to scratch. You will need to ensure that your storage and tack rooms are properly secure in order to meet most insurers' specifications, and you might want to consider the presence or installation of security lighting and CCTV.

Utilities and Facilities

Consider the stabling space and the availability of a workable tack room. Storage space is another essential consideration, along with factors such as the availability of electricity, ventilation and running hot and cold water. Of course, some equestrian properties will not necessarily offer every facility that you require in their current state, but it is important to consider the practicalities and cost of any changes you may wish to make in the future. For advice on buying or selling equestrian property please don?t hesitate to contact one of our agents here at Fox Grant and we will be delighted to help. View more articles >
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