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Buying or Selling Horse Property? Consider the Pasture.

Smart horse property buyers know the value of good pasturage so the wise property owner will maintain pasture not only for the health of their own horses but to insure the property’s value remains competitive.


Understand How Grass Grows
Understanding how grass grows is an important step towards good pasture management. The leaves of grass or blades of grass are the light absorption mechanism that produces energy from photosynthesis. This energy is stored in the roots as carbohydrates and drawn on by the plant to produce growth. When grass is grazed (or mowed) the leaves are removed reducing the plants ability to absorb light and energy. With less absorption ability the roots begin to shrink as the carbohydrate reserves are depleted.

Horses and People Damage Pasture
Horses and people can be hard on pasture health. Overgrazing and heavy traffic reduce the health of pasturage. If left to their own devises horse tend to graze their same favorite areas leaving the grasses in those areas little opportunity to replenish their roots.

Healthy Pastures Need Healthy Roots
There are five basic measures you can take to assist healthy root growth.

  1. Use rotational grazing:  Give each area three to four weeks to recover.
  2. Mow less and cut grass high:  Mow only after removing the horses from the area leaving at least 4 inches height. Allow the grass to grow to 6 to 8 inches before grazing again.
  3. Fertilize:  Soil test pasture every 2 to 3 years and apply fertilizer as recommended. Your county extension office will have the test kits.
  4. Protect high-traffic areas:  Areas around gates, waterers, and feeding areas will not maintain healthy grass. Geotextile fabric under dense rock pads is one way to maintain these areas.
  5. Install a sacrifice lot:  The sacrifice lot is a small area that is “sacrificed” to protect the larger pasturage. A sacrifice lot should be a place that has naturally good drainage. Though smaller, it should be a lot sufficient to provide a place to turn horses out even during the dampest and coldest seasons while protecting the primary pasturage.

Improve Your Horse Property Value

Improve your property value by starting below the soil surface. A healthy and resilient pasture feeds horses, provides safe footing and reduces the cost of horse ownership.  A strong root system provides a solid foundation for maintaining the value of your horse property.


Summarized from Growing Horse Pastures From the Ground Up. The Horse, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture: April 28, 2018.




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Green Up Your Western Carolina Horse Farm for Improved Value

When You are Ready to Sale Your Equestrian Luxury Horse Farm You Want the Highest Value Possible

Quite often we think that conservation and going green is something that only tree huggers do.  However, us Western Carolinians who value our equestrian lands, know that conservation is the only way to sustain the usability of our Smoky Mountain horse farms while maintaining and even increasing the economic value of our property.

US Rider provides a seven-point plan to green up the Appalachian horse farm and increase the economic value of the equestrian estate.

  1.  Manage Horse Pastures:

The most important part of greening up the equestrian farm is keeping horse pastures healthy and mud to a minimum.  Less mud means healthier pastures and healthy and cleaner horses means less time grooming the horses and more time enjoying the horses.

Keep the equestrian pastures healthy by rotation and manure removal on a regular basis.  Sample test and add lime and fertilizer according to analysis results.   Over-seed in the fall to increase grass density and help choke out weeds with reduced need for spraying pesticides.

Smoky Mountains Horse Property for Sale
Appalachian Horse Farm

2.  Set Up a Horse Barn Recycling Center:

Horse barns generate an enormous amount of trash, ranging from pop cans and water bottles to feedbags, hay bale twine, and plastics for bale shavings.  To discover what of all this trash is potentially recyclable, visit earth911.com.  Once you have an idea as to what can be recycled set-up a recycling collection area.

3.  Compost Horse Manure: 

A single horse can produce as much as 50 pounds of manure per day or nine tons per year.  Composing is the ideal solution for disposal of all this material.  Composing provides multiple benefits.  It kills parasite eggs and fly larvae and can also break down toxic chemicals.  Should you still end up with a surplus of material, consider selling the composted horse manure to local gardeners.

4.  Plan the Equestrian Estate Carefully: 

Equestrian Estate in North Carolina
Smoky Mountains Horse Pasture

Plan the the equestrian estate layout carefully.  Be sure that buildings are situated so that run-off runs away from the barn, feed, and water areas.  Be sure to have sacrifice areas where horses can be turned out when ground is wet.

Laying down gravel in places where horses like to congregate, such as around gates, loafing sheds, and water troughs can go a long way for minimizing mud.

When developing the site be sure to allow for a buffer between the horse pastures and any streams or wetlands to provide protection of water quality.

5.  Build the Horse Property Responsibly: 

Building with responsible and sustainable material whether building new or making additions to simply fixing fences is a wise environmental choice.   Using bamboo over wood can be an option for a wide variety of applications.  Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants and is typically grown without the use of fertilizers or pesticides.  It is also strong and durable.

Be sure that your buildings include gutters that direct rainfall to appropriate drainage routes.  Also consider recycled tire rubber mats for barn aisles and walkways.  With a little bit of effort, you can find a wide variety of environmentally friendly options to include in equestrina estate building design.

6.  Let there be light!  

Maximize natural light.  Horse stalls with windows to the outside and horse barn roofs with cupolas not only look good but they also let in the natural light.  They also provide for better ventilation — good for human lungs as well as horses.

For artificial lighting, replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.  Fluorescents use one-quarter the amount of electricity of incandescent and last approximately nine times longer.  For an even more efficient light option consider LED.  For more information about horse barn-friendly lighting, visit equilumination.com.

Place outside lighting on motion detectors.  An excellent way to conserve further is with the use of solar panels.  A small solar panel may be all that is required to generate enough power to open electric gates or keep a water heater running or provide charge to an electric fence.

7.  Pest control: 

Where there are horses there are flies.  Where there’s grain, there are rodents.

Careful construction, horse pasture management, and manure composting can go a long way toward minimizing flies.  No matter how hard you try, the flies will still show up and rodents will invade the barn.  A natural and effective pest control device is the use of predator wasps.  Flysheets and natural sprays containing citronella can give the final layer of control.  If barn swallows come to nest, don’t chase them away as they love feasting on flies.

Proper grain storage is crucial for keeping rats and mice to a minimum.  For additional protection add a barn cat.

Remember that any little bit of greening up will improve the value so when you are ready to put your equestrian luxury estate up for sale you’ll get your highest value.  Start small and keep taking small steps toward a green and more environmentally friendly horse barn and equestrian farm.  Whatever steps you take will make for a cleaner barn and more productive farm.  Your horses will be healthier and happier.  And, not insignificantly, the property values of the your Appalachian Smoky Mountain equestrian estate will increase.

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Control Pasture Weed Growth to Increase the Value of Your Horse Farm

Well Maintained Horse Pastures Provide a Positive Selling point for Buyers of Equestrian Estates

Healthy Pasture for Healthy Horses

Horse property owners in the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina know that weeds will invade the best managed pasture.  It is, therefore, no surprise to horse owners that constant vigilance is required to maintain the health of any horse pasture.

Most weeds are not poisonous for horses.  Nevertheless, if allowed to dominate a horse pasture the presence of any type of weed will reduce the quality of the forage and diminish the nutritional value for the horses.

Poisonous varieties can range from mildly toxic to lethal.  It is important for horse owners to be able to identify the species that can be a threat to the health and even the life of the horse.

The Horse: Your Guide to Equine Health Care, published by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture produced a slide presentation illustrating some of the more common weeds found in pastures in the Appalachian regions of North Carolina.

Taking a moment to review the slide presentation to familiarize yourself with the common weeds in the Western North Carolina area will provide guidance for pasture improvement that will increase your horse property value but more importantly, it might just save the life of your horse.

Though poisonous the yellow Buttercup you see on the off side of the horse tastes so bad that he fortunately avoids eating it

When you’re ready to buy or put your horse farm up for sale, contact Steed Talker Realty for specialized service.