For many families who love their horses and want to be near them, there is nothing more practical than having a combined horse barn and residence. >Read More
Many factors come into play in determining the perfect location and design for your new outdoor arena. The first consideration is how large and what shape of an arena do you want or need. The size and shape are mainly determined by the discipline of riding that you are involved with. A dressage arena is much different than a hunter / jumper arena. And, you may want additional room around the inside perimeter of the arena fencing to “walk” the horse in the case of a dressage arena. To help you begin the development and design process, here are some considerations to be made. >Read More
Maybe you have owned property for some time that now you have decided to develop into an equestrian facility, or recently purchased a site to fulfill your dream for a horse farm / equestrian estate; or farm like setting to house your automobile or tractor collection; it is now time to look at the big picture and then zoom in on the details.
As you start the planning process it is best to begin with detailing a Master Site Plan. The site plan starts with a survey drawing of the property. It is helpful to have a topographic survey so that the planning will incorporate to your advantage the variations in elevation on the site. >Read More
Whether it is a large professional training center or a small private estate for your personal riding goals, choosing the right green field property is one of the most important decisions to be made for creating a great estate. The old saying “Location, Location, Location” being the 3 most important factors for real estate also holds true for an equestrian estate – but it goes beyond just the geographic position.
Early on in your search for just the right property, it is wise to prioritize your musts, needs, and wants in what you are looking to create in an equestrian facility. Give a priority weight to each item on your list and as various properties are evaluated, you will be able to score one property against another to make an objective decision, and not be skewed by a very attractive item that is nice but not so necessary in the long run. >Read More