Hey from NYS!
Hello everyone! My name is Chris and I hail from Port Jervis, NY. I joined the forum hoping to find a great group of friends and a knowledgeable resource of information and experience.
From the get go, I would like to state that I think my post will be a tall order for a first post. I'm sorry if I mispost in the wrong area. I'm also sorry for such a long post; I'm posting back stories, and want to be as thorough as possible. That said, here we go :)
I joined this forum because I need help with a sort of dilemma I'm facing. It's not really a dilemma, I'm just overwhelmed and don't know where to begin with this. Here's the deal. I'm 28 years old and 3 years into my marriage. My wife and I are planning our future together; point blank she told me she wants to me to build a ranch for our family. She wants us to keep a handful of farm animals like chickens, pigs, grow some crops, etc. But moreover, the real purpose of the ranch is because she wants to keep a horse on it and even open it up to keeping other people's horses.
I'm not shy to the idea of keeping farm animals, as I spent some time in the agriscience program when I was in high school. However, I've never kept or been around horses. I think they are beautiful and intelligent creatures, but I have great respect for the kicking power they have. I don't want my inexperience with horses to be the cause for disabling this goal or vision my wife has purposed on us.
She had a horse when she was younger, and now our with two kids my wife wants them to have the same experience she shared owning and riding a horse. She's specific to wanting to keep a horse because her family eventually had to sell the horse because the people keeping the horse for them had kids who were very mean to her horse. It's something she's carried for along time in her heart.
Where We're At
At this point in time, I'm trying to find where to begin. I would LOVE and devote myself to the goal of us building a ranch together. I want to be realistic about what she wants, and if it's something we can or cannot do. Currently, we're young. We've never owned property, a home, or land yet. Again, I've never owned a horse (I've ridden trail horses) though her family has experience with them. I have no knowledge of the state and county laws that govern such things either, I don't know where to begin.
The feeling of being overwhelmed is clouding my ability to think, or else Google would be a better friend.Our uninformed, unresearched plan is for us to buy 4 - 5 acres of land, and place a double wide or a decent trailer on it, and begin from there. I'm sure I'm looking at this backwards or missing important details which is why I've come to this forum and posted all this.
I don't know any laws for our area, like I previously stated. I also don't know what to expect with purchasing the land, since we've never owned a home before it would be awful if we get stifled because we can't get a loan to fulfill our dream. I don't know what to expect as far as property taxes are concerned. I don't know what to expect with horses at all lol.
I do apologize for the length of the post, I don't mean to be a burden to y'all. I don't expect a one size fits all answer either. I guess my expectation is a conglomeration of advice and experience that can point us in the right direction. On a side note, I am praying about all this, hoping the good Lord will also give us good guidance and direction.
Any words of wisdom, encouragement, advice, and information will be gratefully and graciously received. I look forward to reading your replies and will answer whenever I can. If y'all know of any books, articles, videos, anything, I love to read and research and am open to any and all suggestions too!
Thanks y'all and blessings!