20 Things To Look For When Buying A Colorado Horse Property

Buying a horse property

 Buying a Colorado Horse Property

Number one: be prepared. Buying a Colorado horse property will be one of the biggest decisions in your life. Colorado has seen a large trend in horse property ownership in the last decade with people making the move out west to learn how to care for horses and build their own equine legacies. If you are looking for a horse property in the state of Colorado, contact Colorado Horse Property today. As horse-person realtors, let us be the first to tell you that not all horse properties are equal. Below are a list of things to keep in mind when searching for a horse property. For more information, check out or article What to Look for When Buying A Horse Property.

Things To Look For When Buying A Colorado Horse Property

  1. How old are the existing horse stalls and buildings on the property?
  2. What surplus buildings does the property have, such as tack rooms, feed storage, and a grooming stall? Depending on how many horses you have or how many you plan to get, this is important to know.
  3. Do the buildings have electricity and hot water? You don’t want to buy a property without these necessities.
  4. What percentage of the acreage is wooded vs pasture?
  5. Do you have any problem with flooding or standing waters?
  6. What work has to do done in the future? Like we said, getting a horse property is a big responsibility and looking ahead a few years with the property should factor into your decisions.
  7. Is that a bank barn, pole barn or shed row? Know what you are getting into so that if you need to make repairs or construct your own buildings then you will know where to start.
  8. Does the property have proper fencing?
  9. Are there nearby riding trails or areas off the property?
  10. What is the composition of the area? Some soils are better than others for keeping horses.
  11. What are the accesses to vets, farriers and trailers?
  12. Look for farm equipment storage and parking.
  13. Always have a bad weather plan in mind when looking into Colorado horse properties.
  14. Evaluate the safety of existing horse stables—if the building were constructed years ago, they may need repairs to be safe and/or brought up to code.
  15. What type of feed and tack stores are nearby?
  16. The effect any possible zoning laws will have on your plans—not all areas are the same so make sure to bring this up with your horse-person realtor to avoid problems down the road.
  17. Is there an adequate supply of water is on the property?
  18. How much acreage you’ll need to accommodate each horse?
  19. Has the property has been properly maintained over the years?

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Horseback Riding Safely

Horseback Riding Safely

Riding Safely

Horseback riding can be a very dangerous activity even with professionals around. Making sure you protect yourself from injury is very important when it comes to riding and your friends at Colorado Horse Property have a few tips that could help your experience be a safe and fun one. The last thing anyone wants is to injury themselves or their horse. Riding safely should always be the number one priority when horseback riding. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or experienced rider, being careless can cause accidents. You will want to wear a helmet and other protective gear, have property equipment when riding, and remember to treat your horse properly.

Riding safely can’t happen without wearing a helmet. Make sure it’s ASTM approved to guarantee it’s been tested for horseback riding. You can even personalize your helmet. Proper boots & riding apparel: Your boots should be designed for being in the saddle. That means a small heel and hard toe. You don’t want your feet slipping through the stirrups! Riding in tank tops or shorts can cause chaffing and bad cuts, especially if you were to fall.

Safe riding equipment: Have you checked your tack lately? A faulty piece of leather can make your headstall fall off while riding, and no one wants their saddle spinning under their horse because of a bad strap. The best time to check is when you’re cleaning tack and right before you ride. Don’t push too hard: Know your level! Galloping across an open field may seem like a dream, but an out-of-control horse probably isn’t. It’s healthy to encourage yourself to achieve goals. However, unnecessary risks can make for a very unsafe ride. Take small steps, rather than huge leaps. Learn more about the most common types of horses in Colorado.

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What to Look for When Buying A Horse Property

Buying A Horse Property

Buying A Horse Property

Before contacting an agent, there are some things that you can look for that might save you some time. If you want to look into buying a horse property, but don’t know what to look for, this is the article for you! When searching horse property sites like Colorado Horse Property, which boasts over three thousand listings in the state, there are a few things to keep an eye on in prospective horse properties. You will want to know that the property has the appropriate amount of space, including the condition of the barn or stables and the size of the included pastures. You should also look at the property as a whole and consider its overall layout.

What to Look for

The first thing you should do, is figure out how much land you will need before you start looking at properties. This will all depend on how many horses you have, or plan on getting in the future. Colorado Horse Property horse people will recommend two acres for the first horse and one additional acre for each additional horse. If the property already has a barn or horse stables, there are a few things you should look into. You should know the size of the stalls, the strength of the stall partitions, and the design of the hayloft.

When it comes to the pastures on the land, look at the quality of the grass. This may be hard to do when looking at pictures online. If you can’t tell what the grass quality is by the photo, sign up with the website and talk to an agent—it’s free to sign up with Colorado Horse Property and costs nothing to talk to a qualified horse person professional. Also, look at the overall layout. The barn should be located behind the house so that any visitors need to drive past the house to access the horses. For more help, contact Colorado Horse Property today!

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Colorado Quarter Horse Association

Quarter Horse

Colorado Quarter Horse Association

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) is an organization  based in Amarillo, Texas. The AQHA has chapters all around the United States, including Colorado. The American Quarter Horse Association and it’s many manifestations (the Colorado Quarter Horse Association). The AQHA is dedicated to the preservation, improvement and record-keeping of the American Quarter Horse. The main job of the association is to maintain the official registry. The organization started in 1940 in Fort Worth, Texas and boasts as many as 350,000 members.

Birthed from the same community as the AQHA is the American Quarter Racing Association ( or the AQRA). This group maintains the operation of racetracks and to the requirements for identification for racing the quarter horse. They AQRA set the standards for racing, and set up a Register of Merit system. They register quarter horses and Thoroughbreds, including paint horses. Stay updated with Colorado Horse Property blogs, for more upcoming information on the American Quarter Racing Association.

The American Quarter Horse is best known today as a show horse, race horse, reining and cutting horse, rodeo competitor, ranch horse, and all-around family horse. Quarter Horses compete well in rodeo events like barrel racing and calf roping. They also compete in gymkhana. Gymkhana is an equestrian event consisting of speed pattern racing and timed games for riders on horses. These events often emphasize children’s participation and may be organized by a recognized Pony Club or a 4-H club. Other stock horse events such as cutting and reining are open to all breeds but also dominated by American Quarter Horse. In the organizations largest event, riders could earn over a million dollars!

For more on the quarter horse and other common horse breeds found in Colorado, read Five Popular Horse Breeds and Five More Popular Horse Breeds.

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Real Estate Teams and Partners

Real Estate Teams and Partners

Having a real estate career is a big investment in time and money even for those that are just starting out part time. One of the biggest commodities in the beginning will be time. You will need to work around the schedules of our clients. Being a part of a real estate team or even partnered with another agent can help immensely. Looking to get in with a good agent? Start by offering to do open houses or help them out when they have time off. This will benefit the both of you, not to mention grow the professional relationship between the two of you.

This type of relationship will increase your chances of getting business from your friends and relatives. Even though they know that you lack experience, they will also know that you have the additional resources of your partner or team to overcome that. We mentioned in our previous article—A Career in Real Estate— that your friends and family are not going to be the key to your success in real estate. Though they can be a jumping off point, you will need find your own customer base.

Being a part of a team of in an agent partnership has many advantages. For starters they can help you build your customer base. Your team or partner will probably have access to a lead generation program that you can take advantage of. There are also sites like Zillow and Trulia that offer ways of paying for leads. With team support and so many options the only way to fail is by giving up. People are fickle and dealing with so many different personalities can end with disappointment. At these times, learn to lean on your team or partner and don’t give up. Odds are, getting through one sour deal can give you the confidence to grow and succeed.

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A Career in Real Estate

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Part Time Career in Real Estate

Starting a new career in real estate can be lucrative but is can also be scary to not get a steady paycheck. If you are interested in starting a career in real estate, consider beginning part time. The gap between the highest earning agents and the lowest earning agents can be a big as twenty thousand dollars difference a year. Starting out, you don’t want to put all your eggs into the same basket; working part time is a great way to get your foot in the door without worrying about losing everything.

So, you’ve decided to begin a part time career in real estate, what’s next? The first thing you need to do is build a reliable customer base. Though friends and family are a decent place to start, make sure to look elsewhere. Even relatives might not want to use you as an agent if they know that you have a modicum of experience. If it comes down to a close friend who is new to the arena of real estate and a stranger with years under their belt, don’t be surprised if they pick the latter. After building a reliable customer base, many part time agents make plenty of money to supplement their existing income. With some time to grow your customer base and increase your experience in real estate, you can become a full-time agent if that is something you want to do.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. As a new part time real estate agent, you will need to gain more knowledge and experience if you are going to get anywhere. Starting out by yourself, it can be very hard to do this and that’s why we recommend that you find a brokerage firm that can help you. Firms usually have formal training programs that can coach you in your new career in real estate.

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Five More Popular Horse Breeds

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Popular Horse Breeds Around The World

Paint

This popular horse horse breed, more commonly known as the American Paint Horse, combines aspects from different breeds. The paint horse has features from the western stock horse and a spotted pattern of white and dark colors. Each Paint Horse has a particular combination of white and another color of the equine spectrum. Commonly occurring color combinations are white spots combined with black, bay, brown, and chestnut or sorrel. Other types include the palomino, buckskin, cremello, perlino, champagne, roan, and grullo.

Quarter Horse

This popular horse breed is used for many things—as a race horse, for its performance in rodeos, horse shows and as a working ranch horse. The compact body of this particular horse breed is build for the intricate and speedy maneuvers required in reining, cutting, working cow horse, barrel racing, calf roping, and other western riding events, especially those involving live cattle. The American Quarter Horse is also shown in English disciplines, driving, and many other equestrian activities.

Tennessee Walker

This breed was developed in the 18th century when Narragansett Pacers and Canadian Pacers from the eastern USA were crossed with Spanish Mustangs from Texas. Other breeds were later added, and in 1886 a foal named Black Allan was born. He is now considered the foundation sire of the Tennessee Walking Horse. In 1935 the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ Association was formed, and it closed the studbook in 1947.

Thoroughbred

Thoroughbreds are used mainly for racing, but are also bred for other riding disciplines such as show jumping, combined training, dressage, polo, and fox hunting. They are also commonly crossbred to create new breeds or to improve existing ones, and have been influential in the creation of the Quarter Horse, Standardbred, Anglo-Arabian, and various warmblood breeds.

Warmblood

This breed of horse is a group of middle-weight horse types and breeds primarily originating in Europe and registered with organizations. The term distinguishes these horses from both heavy draft horses (“cold bloods”) and refined light saddle horses such as the Thoroughbred, Arabian, and Akhal-Teke (“hot bloods”). Although modern warmbloods are descended from heavier agricultural types systematically upgraded by hotblood influence, the term does not imply that warmbloods are direct crosses of “cold” and “hot”.

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Five Popular Horse Breeds

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Popular Horse Breeds Around The World

Andalusian

The Andalusian breed of horses is also known as the Pure Spanish Horse or PRE, which stands for Pura Raza Española, an acronym based on the area the horse is from. Andalusian horses are from the Iberian Peninsula. This distinguished breed has been known for its expertise as a war horse, and is celebrated for its nobility. During  Though historically the bred saw reduced herd numbers in the 19th century due to warfare, disease and crossbreeding, their numbers have since recovered. In fact, in 2010 there were over than one hundred and eight five thousand registered Andalusian horses all around the world.

Appaloosa

The Appaloosa is a horse breed found mostly in the northern Americas. This horse breed is known for its colorful spotted coat pattern, which occur in a wide range of body types within the breed. This type of coat variety comes from the influence of many other breeds of horses throughout its history. Each horse’s color pattern is genetically the result of various spotting patterns developing over one of several recognized base coat colors. Appaloosas are great horses and tend to be healthy, however they are apt to get equine recurrent uveitis and congenital stationary night blindness.

Arabian

The Arabian or Arab horse (Hasan in modern standard Arabic) is a breed of horse that originated on the Arabian Peninsula. It is often said in the horse community, that the Arabian is the more easily identifiable horse in the world. This is because of the bred’s distinctive head shape and high tail carriage. There is archaeological evidence of the Arabian dating back to the Middle East that resemble modern Arabians from over four thousand years ago. This makes the Arabian one of the oldest breeds in existence today. Arabian bloodlines are found in almost every modern breed of riding horse.

Miniature Horse

A variety of many miniature horses are found all over the world, though they are more common throughout Europe and the Americas. Heights of this breed differ depending on the particular breed variety, but on average it is usually less than thirty-four to thirty-eight inches. Miniature horses are generally bred to be friendly and to interact well with people.

Morgan

All Morgans trace back to a stallion named Figure form West Springfield, Massachusetts in 1789. The horse later came to be identified by the name of the owner, Justin Morgan. Figure passed on his distinctive looks, conformation, temperament, and athleticism to his children that we know today. The exact pedigree of Figure and the Morgan horse is widely unknown, although extensive efforts have been made to discover his parentage. For more information on horse breeds in Colorado, contact Colorado Horse Property today.

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US State Horses

State Horse

State Horses

It is no secret that the states in America have different state symbols. Apart from having specific state flags, there are also state seals, flowers, trees. A few states even have a state coat of arms. Some have state animals—birds, butterflies, insects, and fish. And yes, some states have state horses; twelve states to be exact.

The first state horse was designated in the state of Vermont in 1961. The most recent induction of a state horse occurred in 2010, when both North Carolina and South Carolina declared state horse breeds. Aside from the twelve states that have picked their state horse, Oregon and Arizona have both had proposals to induct this new type of state symbol but have neither chosen which breed to represent them yet. In the state of North Dakota, the state horse is called the “honorary state equine.”

The Alabama state horse breed in the Racking Horse, which is well known in the southern United States for its ambling gait. Florida recently designated the Florida Cracker Horse as its state horse in 2008. The Florida Cracker Horse was first brought to what is now Florida in the 1500s by Spanish explorers, and it played a large part in the development of the state’s cattle and general agriculture industries. For more state horses and horse facts, check out our new Colorado Horse Information page.

No Colorado State Horse

Though Colorado is a big horse state with a lot of beautiful horse property for sale, it has yet to have named a state horse. What horse breed do you think should be Colorado’s state horse? Weighing in on the subject, Colorado Horse Property suggests The Colorado Ranger. The Colorado ranger horse (or ranger bred horses) is a breed of horse that comes from the High Plains region of Colorado. The Colorado Ranger Horse was started by Mike Ruby. Ruby is a Canada-born horseman, specifically from Ontario. Check out our blog to find out more information on The Colorado Ranger Horse.

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The Colorado Ranger Horse

Colorado Ranger Horse

Colorado Ranger Horse

The Colorado ranger horse (or rangerbred horses) is a breed of horse that comes from the High Plains region of Colorado. To the east of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado are the Colorado Eastern Plains/High Plains, the section of the Great Plains within Colorado at elevations ranging from 3,500 to 7,000 feet (1,100 to 2,100 metres). Unlike many other types of horse breeds, Colorado ranger horses are not bound to any specific color pattern. This is to say that the horses that make up this breed appear in a multitude of different colors, color schemes and pattern styles, including black, spotted “leopard,” chestnut and gray.

The Colorado Ranger Horse was started by Mike Ruby. Ruby is a Canada-born horseman, specifically from Ontario. The breed got its start from two of Ruby’s horses; a Berber and Arabian horse, which means that the Colorado Ranger Horse is a mix of these two species of equine. In the 1930s, Ruby showcased two of the new breed’s young male horses at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado. The pair of horses sparked a lot of attention and the rest is history.

Given that the breed isn’t defined by a specific color or identifying pattern, it can be difficult to classify a horse as a Colorado Ranger. The best way to identify a Colorado Ranger is through proof of heritage from the pedigree documentation that goes all the way back to the initial two horses. Physically, descendants of the breed have sturdy and sinewy physiques, with particularly strong back legs. Colorado rangers are usually about sixty inches tall from hoof to ear-tips, though some horses of this breed are shorter or taller. For more information on the Colorado Ranger Horse or how to find a horse-person realtor in Colorado, contact Colorado Horse Property today.

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