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post #1 of 7 Old 01-11-2013, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Purchasing a horse property

Well we're final able to plant some roots (military) and have found a property that we just love. It's 10 acres in New England, large home with a beautiful, 10-stall barn. It has a cement center aisle, foaling stalls, dutch doors that lead out into paddocks, electricity, water, auto waterers, frost resistant hydrants, two tack/grain rooms - it's pretty amazing, built in 2000. It also has an additional large run-in shelter in an adjacent pasture with two separate pastures for horses turned out 24/7. We have always boarded our horses and with a place as extensive as this, I want to make sure I'm looking for the right things and asking the right questions when we go to view this place. I don't know where to start really! I know I need to look at the quality of the fencing and overall condition - it's only 12 years old so I know the structure integrity is good, but what else do I need to really get down into and scope out? Questions to ask the realtor/inspector? Thanks for any advice!
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-11-2013, 08:53 PM
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It's wonderful! I'm so excited for you!! The only questions are for you alone - are you intending to offer boarding here in the future? If so, huge time investment. Or are you just planning on enjoying this for yourself and your family/visiting friends? Priceless investment. Enjoy, no matter what, and by the way, thankyou for your service! :)
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post #3 of 7 Old 01-11-2013, 09:33 PM
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First off, Congrats its a big step but so exciting! I would ask about insulation. I would also ask about the make/model of the watering devices. They can be a bit of pest to replace if something is broken and a few companies went under in the time since it was built. Make sure you can get replacement. I would also ask where the water lines are. I have heard a few horror stories about people not knowing where the lines were and digging them up.

So questions
- Make and model of watering devices
- Insulation
- Location of water pipes
- What type of roofing - some kinds are less snow resistant although with 12 years you hope it safe, also certain roofs have a certain lifetime based on use and weight.
- proximity to the house - flies in the kitchen during summer if too close, you freeze in winter if too far
- what is the zoning - the ability to bury animals on your own property can be limited depending on zoning and location. That's not to say you are going to be burying everyone in towns pet on your property; however, sometimes its nice to be able to bury your own horse on your own property.
- check the status of out building and barns- a lot of New England farmers empty out the barn and start to fill it with RRS (random rusty s$$$) - this anything from old hubcaps to bob wire. This can be a pain to clean out.
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post #4 of 7 Old 01-11-2013, 09:37 PM
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beautiful property, just completely beautiful. I am so happy for you. As for specific things to look for, it looks sound and made with quality.

Maybe when you go look - imagine a day on the ranch. How far is the barn to the house? New England weather is brutal in winter, so picture yourself getting up, and going to feed breakfast and dinner ... will you freeze on the way there or do you need to invest in a golf cart :)

Is the barn too dark? Can you get your hay up in the loft? Can horses come in at will?

If you can picture yourself in the home and your horses snug in the barn - then its perfect :)

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post #5 of 7 Old 01-12-2013, 05:24 AM
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It is lovely. I would just make sure you have what it will take this time of year to keep water lines free from frost, continue watering/feeding with ease.... You may find you want a few more mats of the concrete, altho we do fine in NY in winter, just have to be really careful if you are bringing the horses in on the concrete at all. What sort of riding area is there? Is there a ring? We do not have one where I board, and altho it takes some time to get used to , we have a lovely grass field that is our ring-it is about 150x300 and is kept mowed and lovely....it has actually spoiled me for riding in dusty rings.

Just make sure you can deal with the snow(if you are not used to it) and check the prevailing winds-you may have a set up similar to where my guy is-winds are lovely in the summer and keep us bug free-but in Jan-Feb it is BRUTAL!

What are your plans for manure disposal? Don't for get to think about that.

Lovely tho-and you will love having your horses there, I am sure.

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post #6 of 7 Old 01-12-2013, 12:36 PM
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Gosh it's lovely. The only thing that I can think of in addition to what has already been said is to have the well checked, if it's not city water.

And to worm your horses when you move there. Or do a fecal once they arrive. I don't know how long ago it would be since horses were on the property.
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post #7 of 7 Old 01-12-2013, 02:37 PM
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What you're going to have to pay for the property makes issues like water troughs very minor.

I'd be more concerned about property taxes, zoning, and restrictions as well as current code requirements and what you'll need to spend to stay in compliance. Will the tax assessment change when you purchase it? Most of the time a sale will trigger a re-assessment and higher property tax as a result.

From my point of view it's very well thought out and a really nice place. Just make sure you can do the things you want to do with it well into the future without interference from government bureaucrats.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
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