How to Decide How Much Acreage Your New Horse Property Needs


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When looking at horse properties for sale, one of the most pressing questions you will face is how much acreage you need. Here are some factors you’ll want to consider.

The Number of Horses You Plan to Have

Carefully consider how many horses you plan to have on the property, both now and in the future. In terms of turnout, the recommended minimum acreage is one acre per horse. You’ll also need to account for space for a larger stables, more feed storage, and maintenance equipment if you plan on having a larger amount of horses on the property.

The Disciplines You Participate In

Different disciplines have different needs in terms of arenas and other spaces. Do you need a driving arena? A space for jumping? A cross country course? Think about the types of facilities you want your property to have, and the amount of space that you’ll need for each.

The Lifestyle You Want Your Horses to Have

Your personal preferences in terms of horse care will also affect how much acreage you need. If you are stabling show horses which are turned out in small, individual turnouts, then you’ll need less acreage than you will if you want your horses to have large paddocks where they can be sustained almost entirely on grass, rather than supplementing with large amounts of hard feed.

Your Maintenance Capabilities

While it seems like it would be best to buy more acreage than you might need, don’t forget to consider the amount of maintenance that the property will require. How much time do you have to devote to property maintenance, and what kind of equipment can you afford to purchase, like tractors and mowers, that can make the maintenance easier? Sometimes having a little less acreage can reward you greatly in terms of extra time and reduced maintenance costs.

The Suitability of a Property’s Acreage

Once you’ve determined how much acreage you need, it’s important to carefully assess the condition of the acreage that a particular property has. Thickly wooded areas, steep inclines, wet areas, rivers, and ponds will all decrease the way that you can put acreage to work. Just because a property has the number of acres that you’re looking for doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s right for your needs.

There are lots of horse properties for sale, and more go on the market every day. If you don’t find just what you’re looking for, don’t worry; the right property is out there.

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