Thanks so much for all of your kind words of support and to everyone who is giving advice, THANK YOU! I need it! And will probably be posting –a lot- once we get started asking for help. Google, books, videos, etc. have been extremely helpful in building knowledge, but I like getting input from real life people I can talk to whenever I can.
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.
Acadianartist, I have been following your posts about your search for your daughter's horse, and I could so feel your own excitement through reading your words :) Very happy for the two of you!
Also, this is some very good advice and it was also on my (extensive, and growing) list. I had the soil tested at the seller's expense, I need to dig up the report and see what his findings were besides that it is ideal to put a bread and breakfast if I wanted to on it (for the septic system, haha).
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.
There are creeks all over, but this pond and the 3 around it on the other properties get fed by a much larger pond that is higher on a hill (that I think has an actual creek feeding into it), and I’m sure run off from my property. It’s slow moving when it’s not rained in a while, but I plan to put in water troughs so I don’t expect the horses to use it as their sole place of hydration, and probably would encourage them not to by having fresh/clean water at all times.
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 :)
Tennessee, especially this part (I’m up on the plateau) is ideal for retirement. My parents used to live here and when it came time to think about retirement, they didn’t think twice about anywhere else, and are very happy here. I’ve become happy here as well as I’ve found my dollar has gone a lot further here than it would have in say, Florida where two of the main companies I work for have been trying to get me to relocate to (Tampa and Naples area). Property taxes are still cheap; for example tax this year on this piece was $204. It’s very beautiful. I’m actually in the golf capital of the state if that is a thing you enjoy, too. I’m an advocate of TN! Also, most people who have enough acreage per horse, normally never have to hay feed during summer, spring, and fall. The two pieces of property that are touching mine are still for sale ;) The one to the right of it is really nice as well, and an acre bigger.
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.
This happened sooner than I intended as well Originally I was going to wait another year and get a piece of property with an existing house, but most didn’t have enough proper pasture space and the houses weren’t very attractive for my price range. So I figured live where I currently am, get this land situated, paid off, and then build a house that I actually want to live in and can chose the way I want to lay out the property, vs move in and already have the insane urge to remodel and may not like the setup. Plus I can always sell or lease it out if I want to move somewhere else. :)