Buying a Colorado Horse Property
(1) Be prepared. Buying a Colorado horse property will be one of the most significant decisions in your life. Colorado has seen a broad trend in horse property ownership in the last decade with people making a 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 is a list of things to keep in mind when searching for a horse property. For more information, check out our article What to Look for When Buying A Horse Property.
Things To Look For When Buying A Colorado Horse Property
- You can also ask, how old are the existing horse stalls and buildings on the property?
- 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.
- Do the buildings have electricity and hot water? You don’t want to buy a property without these necessities.
- What percentage of the acreage is wooded vs. pasture?
- Do you have any problem with flooding or standing waters?
- 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.
- Is that a bank barn, pole barn or shedrow? 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.
- Does the property have proper fencing?
- Are there nearby riding trails or areas on the property?
- What is the composition of the area? Some soils are better than others for keeping horses.
- Also, what are the accesses to vets, farriers, and trailers?
- Look for farm equipment storage and parking.
- Always have a severe weather plan in mind when looking into Colorado horse properties.
- 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.
- What type of feed and tack stores are nearby?
- 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.
- Is there an adequate supply of water is on the property?
- How much acreage you’ll need to accommodate each horse?
- Has the property been adequately maintained over the years?