• Sarah Lipkowitz

Buying A Horse Training Facility

Updated: Aug 30, 2019

There are many things to consider when buying a professional equestrian facility. What is your discipline and do you plan on offering field board or stall board? These things can really affect your demographic and have a huge impact on where the best location for your facility will be. Do you even like client-based work? Boarders can be a handful #understatementofthecentury. Whether you are moving into an existing facility or are planning to build from the ground up, here are some of the most important considerations when choosing a location for an equestrian facility.

Neighbors. Who are the neighbors? Are they fellow farm owners who will show up day or night with Banamine when you have an emergency or are they residents in a housing development who might find some reason to consider your day-to-day activities an inconvenience? Certain businesses might be loud and distressing to horses. Neighbors are important.

Fire Department. This is something people seem to forget about, which is odd because barn fires are every equestrian’s worst nightmare. The local fire department should be a chief concern when you are choosing a location. How many trucks do they have? How long will it take them to respond to a call at that address? Where can they hook up the hoses on or near the property? Barn fires can spread quickly and you want to be sure that you are located in an area where the fire department has the resources to handle a large fire.

Nearby Businesses. Being near tack and feed stores is a major bonus, but think about your non-equestrian life too. Do you really want to drive more than 20 minutes to get to the nearest gas station or grocery store? You probably don’t want to be located in the middle of nowhere. Or maybe you do—to each his/her own.

Water. Figure out what the water source is for the property. Does the area suffer frequent power outages? Will this leave you without water because the property is on a well? How high is the water table? Are you on city water that is subject to restrictions? Water is vital. Treat it that way.

Accessibility. Is your farm easily accessible? Accessibility is an important part of keeping any business alive. In the horse world, accessibility doesn’t just mean an easy commute for clients and service providers like vets and farriers, but an easy commute to competitions and veterinary hospitals, as well as being located near a good hospital for humans in case of emergency.

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