I went and looked at a really cute little place JUST outside of town (a literal five minuet drive). Right now it has a falling apart trailer sitting on it, a barn, an old Silo, and a small pond.
Barn structure is fine. It needs some new wood in some areas, and it's completely infested with barn swallows, but otherwise it'd be completely convertible into a nice little stable. I was thinking four horse stalls, maybe a cow stall and milking station. The hay loft is also very nice. I wouldn't mind putting a small studio up there.
Silo is also sound, but has no roof. Might make for an interesting conversion into something else.
Fence looks very secure, not hanging all over the place. It's square wire fencing with one or two strands barbed wire on the top. It'd all be taken out and replaced with at LEAST three strand electric tape. Probably more like four, since I plan on keeping a foal. I'm considering removing the barbed wire, but leaving the square + electric tape, since I keep chickens.
Neighborhood is nice, good looking houses with mowed lawns. No junk yards, chicken breeding operations, or puppy mills.
There would be room for an actual round pen. Which would be rather, well, awesome.
Theres old cars, old chassis, a coke machine and other horse-mutilating things laying all over the place. The grass is VERY tall as well, probably hasn't been mowed in years. The fence also needs some serious clean out work on several sides.
The pond is icky. It is a pond, yes, but needs to be drained, re-dug, and cleaned. Also needs better footing around it so the horses don't get sucked down. I'd personally fence it off, or drain and fill the **** thing completely. BUT, I'm still arguing my point with my dad. If nothing else it'll be cleaned and used for some fish and my ducks.
The trailer is hideous. Would be fine for temporary quarters until a nice cabin is built. AKA, REAL living quarters.
The barn is FILLED with junk. Old tires and the like. It does have dirt flooring on one side, and concrete on the other. It has a solid concrete foundation all around, so the whole thing could be floored in concrete if needed.
It's only five acres.
It would be a temporary farm, a place to keep my critters until a permanent location is found. I really like the idea of having my horses RIGHT there, where I can keep an eye on them myself. Right now their clear on the other side of down. In barbed wire fencing. Augh.
The place really has potential, AND I like the barn a lot. The roof is even solid and the floorboards aren't rotten. Well, a few need replacing, but for the most part it's a nice, solid structure. I can just picture my horses, safe and stabled at night, sleeping happily in their shavings and dreaming of sweet grass and dandelions...or something
The ponies would remain where they are until the place gets the official Horse Safe Stamp Of Approval. We might not even buy the place, the guy hasn't given up his asking price yet.