We live in Lewis County in Washing ton. We bought an old 1930's farm house on 11 acres with a big barn for only $150K. No cross fencing but it has a full perimeter fence, barn needed the stalls put back in and the floor level brought up. It's on the high bank side of a year round river. Here we do not have to feed our draft mare, and my two mares, 7 sheep, 3 alpacas, and 5 llamas at all during the summer. We have plenty of room to raise chicken, duck, goose, lamb for our selves plus if we have extra we can sell it.
Also, until the rains stop during the summer (which I've seen to be only a month long *maybe* around here), we don't have to touch a hose to keep water troughs filled. I've always wanted a place big enough that I didn't have to feed if I didn't want to. I never thought of not having to water! LOL
This is our very first home buy and I was more nervous the day we signed the papers for it, that I was the day I married my husband!!!
We also used to live in Austin, Texas a few years back. We could have bought an 8 acre horse farm with a seasonal creek, cross fencing, 8 stall barn, outdoor lit arena, old two story farm house with wrap around porch, breeze way and attached 2 car garage, pool, and a hot walker for $80 or 120K?? Can't remember. And I was thinking we could have lessons and board because they were about to build a subdivision *right* across the street.
We'd most likely have to feed hay year round here as the temperatures and rainy season don't mix and the grass will die off.
Paying for board may be convenient, but when you sell your horse, or move, all you've done is pad someone else's pocket. With land you own, you can improve it and the value will always be there.
I've also boarded my horses just before we bought our house. It was *ok*. But may just have been this barn was kinda boring - I ended up riding during the winter there by myself.... No one else seemed to be there as much as I was.
Last edited by JeepnGirl; 08-12-2013 at 06:05 PM.