Tips for Buying a Small Horse Property

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Are you ready to buy your first horse property? Great! As you look at horse properties for sale, remember that there are a few extra complications that come when you’re planning to buy a small property. Here are some things to consider.

Paddock Availability

When you’re looking at a smaller horse property with limited acreage, this means that paddock availability may also be limited. Think carefully about how much space your horses need in order to keep the paddocks in good condition without overgrazing. Even if you can maintain grass in your paddocks, if the paddock space is limited, you will likely have to supplement with hay. Be sure to factor this expense into your yearly budget.


When you have a smaller property, your horse paddocks may naturally end up closer to your neighbours’ properties. You’ll want to think carefully about this before you purchase a specific property. Are you ready to deal with the potential problems of your neighbours feeding your horses over the fence, or complaining about your horses’ presence?

Another important consideration with smaller properties is whether passers-by may have access to your horses. If your paddock runs all the way up to the street, people may feed your horses without your knowing. This opens up potential issues if your horse should accidentally bite someone, or if your horse is fed something that makes him sick. If you buy a smaller property, you may need to put up a double fence line to prevent people from petting or feeding your horses.

Manure Management

Manure management can pose a problem, depending on how much space your new property has. You can compost horse manure, but the process takes lots of space and time to complete. If you don’t have room on your property to store manure piles, then you will need to hire someone to come and remove the pile periodically.

Riding Areas

Consider whether the property you’re looking at has a riding ring. Some smaller properties don’t have adequate space for an arena and if there isn’t already an arena present, then creating one can be expensive. If there isn’t a riding arena, do you have access to trails? Are you able to school your horses on the trail, or do you depend on a riding arena?

There are many advantages to smaller horse properties: They’re more affordable, easier to maintain, and are a great first step for horse owners. As long as you’re prepared for the added challenges, your first horse property can be a great experience.

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