- First decide what your current needs are regarding a home for you and your horses. Will you need room to expand in the future?
- Decide on the budget for the initial property based on whether you're willing to build a home and/or barn. Don't forget to plan on fencing costs. Are there any existing buildings that can be put to use?
- Bear in mind that construction takes time and interim housing for yourself is a lot harder if you have horses and dogs in tow. It is almost always more economical to buy an existing horse property than to build exactly what you want.
- Decide on where your ideal parameters are. Do you need to commute to a job? Do you want to be near rails, a fox-hunt location, or a show horse facility? If you have a horse sales business you need access to an airport and major highways.
- Each town and county have different regulations and zoning regarding if and how many horses you may have on a property. You or your Realtor® need to investigate carefully.
- The topography of land is important. Low areas don't make for good building sites or pastures. However some trees and a creek or small pond make for prettier property. Property with character will cost more than flat farmland.
- Think of any special accommodations your horses may need. What size stalls would be ideal? Do you need a separate stallion or foaling area? Do you need hot water in the barn? An indoor or outdoor riding arena? Hay storage away from the barn?