Building A Horse Riding Arena In Colorado

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Building an Indoor Riding Arena

We already know that it is crucial to ride your horse even during the offseason. This is a great way to keep a strong bond with your horse. For information on bonding with your horse, read “How To Bond With Your Horse” and “5 Ways To Bond With Your Horse“. In Colorado, this can be tricky because of the cold weather. That is just one of the reasons why you should have an indoor riding arena. There are many types of indoor riding arenas, like steel frame arenas and wood post frame arenas.

Steel frame arenas have a fabric roof made from polyethylene. Varying riding arena manufacturers offer different designs and foundation options. For a list of Colorado arena builders, go to our Local Resources page. Wood post frame buildings provide more flexibility when it comes to design. They also can have doors and adjoining buildings along the length of the building. Just like a house, windows and doors will affect the amount of natural light. Also, wood post frame buildings gives you the option of insulating the roof and walls. Picking the type of arena you want is critical, so make sure to talk to the manufacturer about your needs. They can help you decide based on those needs!

While in some states in America, it may be possible to bypass the permit process for the personal use of farm buildings, this is generally not the case in Colorado. But don’t be fooled. This is all for your safety. Having drawings from a licensed engineer ensures that your indoor riding arena meets the local building code. You will want to be protected against building collapse or deterioration that could put you and your beloved horses at risk. Furthermore, if you want your building insured, engineer-stamped plans and a building permit are typically a must.

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20 Things To Look For When Buying A Colorado Horse Property

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 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

  1. You can also ask, 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 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.
  8. Does the property have proper fencing?
  9. Are there nearby riding trails or areas on the property?
  10. What is the composition of the area? Some soils are better than others for keeping horses.
  11. Also, what are the accesses to vets, farriers, and trailers?
  12. Look for farm equipment storage and parking.
  13. Always have a severe 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 been adequately maintained over the years?

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What to Look for When Buying A Horse Property

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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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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. It 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 $20,000 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 tough 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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Horse Whispering

Horse Whisperer

What Is A Horse Whisperer?

The term horse whisperer was popularized by the 1998 film starring Robert Redford, but what does the phrase actually refer to? More commonly known as natural horsemanship, this type of animal husbandry refers to  a variety of horse training techniques which have seen rapid growth in popularity since the 1980’s.

The techniques vary in their precise tenets but generally share principles of developing a relationship with horses, using methods said to be derived from observation of the natural behavior of free-roaming horses and rejecting abusive training methods as seen in many domestic practices. Specialists will tell you that in reality, horse whispering is more about listening than whispering. These professional, those that practice natural horsemanship, understand how to read the body language of horses and are fully aware of the psychology of the horse.

The Professionals

Like other professionals in their fields of expertise, horse whisperers often spend years studying a horse and its behavior. Through developing a relationship with the horse, they are able to read the equine’s natural body language and accurately depict what is going on with the horse. From the most subtle changes in facial expressions, the flick of a tail, stamp of a foot, to rolling eyes and rearing, drooping lower lips, ear movements—the horse can speak an language that whisperer’s can understand and respond to in their own way.

In some public demonstrations, a horse whisperer will stand in an enclosure, of a reasonable size, which a young untrained horse is released into. The horse’s natural instinct is to fight or flight. The whisperer becomes the herd, the safe place to be, by his use of body language. First, he sends the horse away, he has not yet invited it to join his herd! He drives the horse forward and keeps him away. For more information on this profession, where you can find a horse whisperer in Colorado, or information on horse properties in Colorado, contact Colorado Horse Property today.

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Horse Rescue Myth: All Rescues Are The Same

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Horse Rescue Myth

Horse rescues are places, often ran by nonprofit organization, where abused, abandoned, and misguided horses are cared for. If you are planning to move to Colorado with the intentions on obtaining horses, consider adopting a rehabilitated horse from one of our many horse rescues. Here is a list of the horse rescue’s in Colorado. You can also search for horse properties on our website. There is a horse rescue myth out there in the horse community that all rescues are the same. This horse rescue myth could not be farther from the truth. Horse rescues in Colorado are unique organizations with their own policies and procedures, fundraisers and staff.

Horse Rescue Differences

Nonprofit rescues don’t pay income tax on the money it raises and your donations to it are usually tax-deductible. On the other hand, donations to private rescues are not tax-deductible, and they’re not required to make their records public. They are required to pay income taxes on any money they receive from fundraisers, adoptions, etc.

Don’t confuse horse rescue with horse sanctuaries. Sanctuaries provide lifelong homes to horses in need and do not offer adoption options. This means that sanctuaries can help only a limited number of horses. Both of these types of organizations, differ from rehoming organizations. These types of organizations do place their horses with adopters, but many rescues of this type also offer a limited number of sanctuary spots to horses they deem unadoptable. There are many reasons why a horse may be unadoptable, typically for physical or behavioral problems.

Another way that rescues differ from each other are the may in which they take in horses, or where they receive them from. Horses can come to rescues from auctions, racetracks, owner donations or law enforcement impoundments in cases of abuse or neglect. Though many rescues take in animals from all sorts of backgrounds, you may find that some rescues are better equipped with dealing with impoundments than others.

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Horse Health, Tail Rubbing

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Horse Health Problems

Your friends at Colorado Horse Property knows how important horse health is to you horse owners out there. One issue that you might have this year is called Tail Rubbing, in which your horse might rub its tail raw.

There may be several reasons why this is occuring. The most common is pinworms. If you suspect your horse has pinworms, call your veterinarian before starting any treatment, to get their professional opinion. You’ll want to be sure to select a deworming agent that is effective against that parasite in your area. If you live in the Littleton area, then try visiting the Littleton Equine Medical Center for help with this issue.

Finding A Solution

The first thing you are going to want to due when you find that your horse has been tail rubbing, is to check for pinworms These parasites have made a resurgence in North America recently. The eggs trigger itchiness that helps spread them through the environment as the horse rubs against things.

Then you should inspect the tail itself. Separate the hairs to check the skin along the tailbone and lift it to examine the underside as well. The irritation may be due to ticks that should be removed. If the irritation on the skin of the tail is widespread, your horse may have contacted dermatitis.

If the your horse’s tail itself looks fine, check between the hind legs forward to the sheath. This is a prime location for tiny Culicoides midges to feed, which can set off an allergic reaction known as “sweet itch.” These insects also feed along the crest, so affected horses may also rub their necks. For more information on common horse health issues or where to find the nearest horse vet, contact Colorado Horse Property.

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Equine Therapy

Equine Therapy

Equine Therapy, Littleton

Mental health is an issue that many Americans deal with on a daily basis. In researching therapy options, you may have come across the term Equine Therapy. This is a unique and experiential type of therapy that involves interactions between people and horses. You may hear the terms Horse Therapy, Equine-Assisted Therapy, and Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy—all of these terms refer to equine therapy and the definition given above.

As part of this type of therapy, patients engage in certain activities such as grooming, feeding, haltering and leading a horse. These activities should be supervised by a mental health professional. If one is available, activities should also be monitored by a horse professional to make sure that the animal is comfortable during the process. Both during the activity and after the patient has finished working with the horse, the equine therapist can observe and interact with the patient in order to identify behavior patterns and process thoughts and emotions.

If you are looking for a new home in Colorado and are dealing with a mental health issue, consider making the move to Littleton. Not only is Littleton a great place to live, work, and raise a family, it is close to premier equine therapy center Happy Dog Ranch. Search for homes in Littleton now, many of which include accommodations for horses on the land. Here you will find a link to information about the equine therapy ranch in Littleton.

Therapy Benefits

  • Social responsibility
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Impulse control
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Self-actualization
  • Independence
  • Self-regard
  • Assertiveness
  • Stress tolerance
  • Flexibility
  • Emotional awareness
  • Empathy

Horse therapy has been successfully used in treatment programs for adults and teens who are being treated for the following problems: eating disorders, learning differences, ADD/ADHD, autism, Asperger’s, grief/loss, trauma, substance abuse, addiction, behavior disorders, mood disorders, sex addiction, compulsive gambling, bipolar, depression and other conditions similar to those listed.

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Colorado Horses

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Colorado Horses

Colorado horses form groups that are called harems. A harem is composed of one adult male, several females, their foals, and younger horses of both sexes, and one to five stallions. Each group is led by a dominant mare. Harems are usually small, containing between 3 and 35 animals; this number changes as young animals are driven out of their natal band and join other bands, or as stallions challenge each other for dominance.

A band or harem should not be confused with a herd. In herds, there is usually a single stallion, though occasionally a few less-dominant males may remain on the fringes of the group.

Horse Hierarchy

It is no secret that horses have evolved to live in herds. As with many animals that live in large groups, establishment of a stable hierarchical system is important to reduce aggression and increase group cohesion. Dominance can depend on a variety of factors, including an individual horse’s need for a particular resource at a given time. Some horses may be dominant over all resources and others may be submissive for all resources.

The herd stallion is not the king of a harem of females. The horse that tends to lead a wild or feral herd is often a dominant mare. The mare will lead the herd to food and other resources as well as control the groups routine and movement. This mare will ensure the general health of the group of horses under her.

However, there was a recent theory published that says there is no single horse that leads the group. In this 2014 study, it was observed that some herd movements may have been stared by any individual horse, although higher-ranked members are followed more often by other herd members. For more information on horses and their behaviors, contact Colorado Horse Property.

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