WHEN BUYING HORSE PROPERTY, THE THINGS WE DON’T THINK ABOUT – BUT SHOULD!


Thursday, July 24th, 2014 | Filed under Handy Tips




As most of you know, Hubby and I are trying to find a horse property down by Camp Roberts (Paso Robles, CA).

We have to consider the regular things:  cost, structure, number of bedrooms, horse facilities… on and on and on.  There are so many variable and compromises one makes to hermit crab oneself into what someone else has created.

Hubby and I have been doing that dance… “Well, if we don’t have an office space maybe we can build something outside…” or, “It is far from the freeway but we pass the Supermarket on the way home from work…” or, “Yes, it is steep but we could cut another road into the mountain and create a space for a shelter…”.

And of course, the regular horse owner concerns: fencing, gates, flat lands, shelter, shade, water/water access, what kind of soil, who would go where, riding access, neighbors/neighbor animals, trailer entrance and turnaround, hay storage, sickbay area, trailer storage, where is the feed store, who sells the hay, farrier, vets, vet hospital distance… etc .

And so it goes…

But, a very wise friend told me about THE OTHER THINGS we need to consider when purchasing a horse property.

This is an MLS photo of one of the horse properties we visited.

This is an MLS photo of one of the horse properties we visited.

THE OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A HORSE PROPERTY.

So, I was on the phone with a friend of mine – who likes to restore homes on the side – chatting about the pros and cons of certain properties… and she started asking me difficult questions.

Well not difficult questions, but questions I couldn’t answer and neither could my Real Estate Agent (bad sign).

–Do you know who has the water and mineral rights?

–How about former ground pollution?

–What is underneath the ground in the area?

–Any history of dumping or mining or agricultural no-nos?

–What about the neighboring easements?

–Did you know that if you don’t own your land’s mineral rights, they can be sold?

–Why is the area no longer being used to grow barley?  Are you sure Farmer John didn’t use chemicals that would be bad for your horse?

–What about that vineyard next door?  Do they spray?

Another... very barren property.

Another… very barren property.

AND THEN SHE SAID…

My friend went on to say:

This information will not only help you in the long run regarding any property, but it will also make you a strong negotiator.

When you uncover this stuff, you have ammo.  You can bargain with confidence.

You’ll find yourself saying to the seller, “I’m going to tell you the reasons why you are going to cut me a deal…”

Of course, many properties will have no issues at all… but if you find one you like, and the issues don’t bother you, they will be a great negotiating tool.

Another one... it was too steep for the horses.

Another one… it was too steep for the horses.

SO, I THOUGHT I’D PAY THIS FORWARD AS I DO MY HOMEWORK!

I have several phone calls to make to the County Geology Department tomorrow.  I’ll start there and see where it leads me.

Interesting, eh?

If you have more to add, PLEASE COMMENT!

This one had trees and beautiful land, but the floor sloped... going to check that out with the County.

This one had trees and beautiful land, but the floor sloped… going to check that out with the County.

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MAMA TESS’ TREASURE CHEST OPENS AGAIN – HOT OFF THE PRESSES!

1)  I received another beautiful, natural, rustic amber necklace surrounded by eco-friendly tin and copper wire on a 32″ chain from Tess’ artist benefactor in the UK!  The pendant itself is about 2″.  Great alone or layered!

SOLD!  THANK YOU, (very fast draw there, pardner…!) Barbara!

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2)  Another piece to help Tess’ medical bills:  Czech glass Saucy Beachy spheres and circles with Sterling Silver Star at the natural Chrysoprase nugget closure 16″ – Great shade of blue for stand alone or layering!  I am wearing it at the top of the trio pic below!  Love it!  (All the necklaces in that trio are available for sale, just email me
!)

To purchase Saucy Beachy spheres and circles with natural Chrysoprase nugget closure, $38, click here!

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It is the top one in this layered pic.  (However, I'd sell any of these to help Tess so if you are interested, just comment or email me.)

It is the top one in this layered pic. (However, I’d sell any of these to help Tess so if you are interested, just comment or email me.)

Click image to see more jewels that benefit the horses!

Click image to see more jewels that benefit the horses!

 

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UPDATE DAY! Aria (with the horribly contracted tendons) and Bella Mini Donkey, the amputee!






Do you remember Aria from our May Bucket Fund?  She is a paint filly with horribly contracted tendons?  The vets thought she needed surgery but instead wanted to try a splint first?  The Horse and Man Group raised funds to pay for the lease on the splint and Aria’s initial vet visits to fit the splint.

You can read her story here.

Poor Aria with her contracted tendons...
Poor Aria with her contracted tendons…

LOOK AT HER TWO MONTHS LATER!..

Well… look at her now!  That DynaSplint is really, really working!  Amazing!

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The photo in the lower left corner is how she was when she arrived. The other two show how her leg has straightened!

A SHORT VIDEO OF ARIA RUNNING!

This video was taken over a month ago… so Aria is probably even better by now!  In this video, she runs!

WOW!!  This is amazing!

Click image to watch a video of Aria running!

Click image to watch a video of Aria running!

UPDATE ON MINI DONK, BELLA, THE AMPUTEE!

Our February Bucket Fund was for Bella the baby Mini Donk who had lost her rear lower leg to frostbite.  She needed a splint and THE HORSE AND MAN GROUP provided for the splint and her hospital care.

You can read her story here.

This was Bella at the hospital after her amputation...

This was Bella at the hospital after her amputation…

This is Bella before the frostbite... I used this photo often.  So cute!

This is Bella before the frostbite… I used this photo often. So cute!

LOOK AT BELLA NOW!

Bella was just a tiny baby when she had her limp amputation.  She acts as if it has always been this way!!  Look how big she is now!

Look how big she is now!

Look how big she is now!

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A SHORT VIDEO THAT SHOWS HOW WELL SHE WALKS!

This video was posted on FaceBook only, so for those of you who are not on FB, the video shows Bella coming out of her house, walking easily down her plank and walking quickly over to her food.  She looks great!  Very balanced, as if she has always had a prosthetic.

Click image to watch a FB video of Bella coming out of her house and down the plank.  She works her prosthetic like she was born with it!

Click image to watch a FB video of Bella coming out of her house and down the plank. She works her prosthetic like she was born with it!

She is growing and adorable!

She is growing and adorable!

FOLLOW BELLA ON FACEBOOK!

You can follow Bella on FB here.

I read a bit and Bella is raising funds for her next sized splint…

Click to go to Bella's FB site.

Click to go to Bella’s FB site.

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Click image to see more at our FB page!  New, fun donation jewelry items daily!

Click image to see more at our FB page! New, fun donation jewelry items daily!

 

 

 

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