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.
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.
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:
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.