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post #1 of 18 Old 09-29-2015, 05:57 AM Thread Starter
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Smile Finally bought that land I've had my eye on for a decade!

I'm going to try so hard to keep this as short as I can :)

Thinking back to when I was as young as I can remember in my conscious mind, I've always loved horses. Growing up in NYC, the only way I could really be close to horses, in my mind was to draw them; which is what me lead to my career path as a graphic designer. Being in the big city, it was never really an option for me to be around any real horses as much as I needed/wanted, unfortunately. Several years ago I moved down to TN with my family, and have been getting myself ready to make that all change.

Today, I closed on a 6 acre piece of property no more than a couple of miles from where I currently live. There are no buildings on the property, just fencing (oooold fencing, which I'm actually going to go through and replace with safer alternatives), a decent size pond, and a couple of mature white oaks with various other trees that I still need to identify. The property was part of a 20 acre horse farm that has been cut into 3 separate parcels, but is still currently a rotational home to 5 horses and has been for the past several years (at the very least, the past 10). I somewhat know the man who has been leasing the property, and he's been helpful so far. I'll have to ask him some obvious questions, like; I'm not entirely sure what type of grass it is currently seeded with, It smells sweat, though I'm sure I can easily figure out what it is once I get out there and actually try (I was more concerned about the trees when buying).

I just absolutely am in shock. I worked so incredibly hard for this moment, and even though I am just now seriously starting to look for a pair of horses, the fact that I've come this far has been a mile stone. I'm so excited that I can barely focus, I can't really sleep! All I have been doing is working and researching as much as I can about absolutely anything and everything and stealing some rest when I can.

My father has several friends in town that own horse farms, and has been a huge, huge help in getting me set up. I've already got my hay supplier lined up, and he's pretty OCD about his product so I'm pretty confident in that. At this point I need to talk to people about farriers and vets (there are a ton, I just want to make sure I pick a good one). I will probably speak with my instructor and get her input on everything as well.

The first two steps I think will be to go through all the fencing (basically redoing it all, it's old and I think the spacing between the grids of the no climb looks like a hoof can fit through) and in the meantime I've started to draw up some designs for a 2 stall barn since the plan is to start on that this winter. Ideally I would like to do 2 stalls, tack room, feed room, and a lean to outside with a concrete pad for wash, etc. Thankfully I'll be saving on labor since my father is a woodworker and has built similar structures (though admittedly not as large), but can handle it with the help of some of his buddies and myself wherever I can.

Oh, and before I forget, some pictures (waiting for a non gloomy, rainy day to go take better pictures).

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post #2 of 18 Old 09-29-2015, 07:14 AM
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How exciting! Very happy for you, the land looks so beautiful already.
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post #3 of 18 Old 09-29-2015, 07:19 AM
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Congrats! I have always lived on larger properties (13 acres currently) and cannot imagine it any other way. This is so exciting for you. I know what you mean about not being able to sleep :) We've been living here for almost 10 years but are only now building a barn and have just bought our first horse! Well, my first horse in about 30 years and technically it's for my daughter, but I may just be more excited than she is! It's all I think about.

Anyway, you will have a lot of fun with this lovely property. One thing I might suggest is having the soil tested so you know what it needs before you even think of re-seeding. It's a very cheap test, but will help you determine what to add to the soil (we needed to add a lot of lime) and even what kind of seed will grow best. After being used for so many years as a leased pasture, it probably wasn't treated very much. You'll want to drag any manure piles left over and let it decompose, assuming you won't be putting horses on it for a few weeks at least (you wouldn't want to expose new horses to other horses' manure, it might be infested with worms). Add lime and/or any fertilizer before re-seeding it. There are lots of great seed mixes for various types of soils and climates. Ideally, this should be done soon so the grass has a chance to set down good roots before getting trampled.

Have fun!
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post #4 of 18 Old 09-29-2015, 08:19 AM
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Congratulations on your dream come true! You have a lot of work ahead of you but the end product will be well worth it. Enjoy! -)
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post #5 of 18 Old 09-29-2015, 08:38 AM
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Yes, congratulations, and enjoy your beautiful property.
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post #6 of 18 Old 09-29-2015, 08:41 AM
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Congrats! I'm insanely jealous of you, but so happy your dream is coming true. Keep posting progress pics and you work on it!
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post #7 of 18 Old 09-29-2015, 08:51 AM
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I hope the pond is fed by a creek. If it's just run-off from the land, the horses may not want to drink from it as it will get stagnant during hot weather. So glad your dream is coming to fruition. The acreage will be a money pit for a while with fencing and shelter but that's part of the joy as it comes together.

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post #8 of 18 Old 09-29-2015, 09:09 AM
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Very beautiful piece of property, Congratulations! I've lived all over the place. Grew up on the west coast, live in northern midwest, NYC, and Florida. My mind has now turned to TN and a piece of property of my own. As soon as I can stop working and get out of here maybe we'll be neighbors :)
Enjoy your journey.
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post #9 of 18 Old 09-29-2015, 09:38 AM
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Londoner here - and I loved reading your post. Your kind of success here is exactly the kind of dream I have! Buy loads of land, get horses and live a nice quite life. Big congratz!!
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post #10 of 18 Old 09-29-2015, 10:35 AM
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Congrats! Good for you. That is exciting.

Hubby and I are looking at buying land right now; much sooner than we anticipated but a good opportunity has presented itself. I'm hoping it all works out.
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