Purchasing land such as a Horse Ranch in Colorado differs greatly from just purchasing a home in Colorado. There are a lot of things to consider when purchasing ranch land that you wouldn’t have to consider when simply buying a home.
For example, when buying a home, your priorities stem from the people that will be living there. For example, the foremost questions to ask the realtor and to inspect on an open house include: the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, square footage and location and milieu of the surrounding neighborhood.
As these also are important when purchasing horse ranch property, you cannot just take into account your needs. When purchasing ranch property, the priorities stem from the needs of the horses.
When purchasing ranch style property, you have to make sure you have enough acreage appropriate for each animal that will reside on the property. Also, boundaries such as fences must be safe and clearly marked so that the animals will be closed in within a safe environment. Natural boundaries, such as rivers, lakes, streams and dense forests are often better boundaries, as they do not have to be maintained and are a natural part of the landscape.
Additionally, the lay of the land must be considered, usually rolling hills and flatter plains are best for the pastures and ideal for horses because there will not be water build-up of mud and water after a rainstorm or snowstorm if the landscape is rolling.
Also, the new land owner of ranch property must make themselves aware of the yearly weather patterns of the area as well as any wild animals native to the area. You want to know what dangers may exist for your equine companions so you can be prepared and be able to prevent any problems or injuries to your equine investments.
Ranch properties usually have more horses than your single family dwelling, so it is important that you have enough land and training arenas sufficient to allow exercise for the horses that you have.
Also, if you are using your equine animals as a source of income (breeding, training or entertainment), you want to make sure that you have quality access roads to and from your property. Additionally, it is probably a good idea to be in relatively close proximity to major cities such as Denver or Boulder, so you can advertise in those major cities and suburbs and get some income from tourists and clients who live there.
Ranch life is rigorous and hard work, but certainly different from the mundane 9 to 5 cubicle office work that many people have found themselves stuck in. To many people, the rugged nature of working WITH nature is appealing. In that case, buying a horse ranch in Colorado just may be the change in your life that you need.