When you are taking the first steps to owning property suitable for your equestrian needs, there are a few things to consider when buying equestrian property in the U.K.
Equestrian properties are some of the most sought-after British homes. Rightly so, as there’s nothing better than having your horses around you all day! These properties are in high demand in Britain, so it is important that you do your research and get to know the market so that you can set a budget and baseline expectations.
Once you have a budget, you can begin your search for the perfect equestrian property. While you’re searching, be sure to consider these key features and also keep your mind open to opportunity!
This goes without saying, but any property you choose needs to have enough land for your horses. Aim for at least 1.5 acres per horse, however more if you can because horses are happiest with space. Never compromise on land - your horse is going to live almost exclusively on it and land is the only thing about your property that cannot change! The soil is important to consider as clay soil tends to get waterlogged in the winter preventing turnout, while sandy soil can cause colic if ingested. Know what type of soil is on the property - ideally, free draining soil with some limestone is best for management and for your horse’s health. You should also consider factors like shade availability, water and shelter in paddocks, and how well the land can be split for grazing rotation.
Horses drink anywhere between five to ten gallons of water a day, so access to water is essential for your new equestrian property. You don’t want to be lugging water long distances, so make sure facilities are easily reachable for pastures and stables. If stables or barns are already on the property, ask if plumbing is up-to-date and modern.
Most equestrian properties are down windy country roads that may be hard to manoeuvre with a horse trailer. When you visit a property, pay attention to the access roads and the access point to the property. Is there enough room to get a truck and trailer in, and turn around?
While some situations may require you to move your horses to your new property immediately, most situations have time to get the property up to standards. Don’t compromise land standards or any other important feature for a ‘ready-made’ property. Maybe the property is either missing a hay barn, stables, tack room, or the buildings are simply in bad shape. These are things that can be fixed, sometimes even before your move.
These are a few of the basic things you should consider when looking at equestrian property. Be sure to consider any other features your situation needs and keep your eyes and mind open to different opportunities.
Do you have your eye on a property that has the potential to be a great equestrian property, but it's only missing the equestrian buildings? Give Jon William Stables a call and let’s create your dream equestrian property together, one stable at a time! We are happy to answer any questions you may have about planning permissions, renovations, and general queries.