If you’ve ever kept your horse at livery and then had the opportunity to bring your horse home to your own property, then you’ve probably already experienced the sincere joy of keeping your own horse in your own backyard. Many horse owners love the availability of daily interaction with their horse, even if it does mean more work mucking stalls and fencing pastures.
The romance of sitting on the back porch after a hard day’s work, whether that was at the office or working remotely from home, sipping on a cold drink and watching the bucolic picture of your horse happily grazing in its pasture is one of the best ways to relax.
How practical is it to bring your horse home? There are a few things to consider:
You May Have The Space But Do You Have The Zoning?
If you live in a rural area then chances are you can build a barn or horse housing structure without the requirement for a permit, as it qualifies as an agricultural building. For obvious reasons, if you live in a more suburban setting the rules and regulations may be stricter.
Rules such as maximum number of horses per acre may apply, and building a structure may be hindered by height rules and proximity to neighbors’ property lines. Wherever you live, it is important to check with your local authorities as to the restrictions or permits required.
Where a restriction applies with a permanent structure being prohibited, the use of a non-permanent horse building such as a run-in shed that is portable and can be moved around the property may solve the problem.
If you chose a modular or prefabricated barn, you enjoy the added bonus that it can be quickly and efficiently built without the mess and noise of onsite construction. The traffic of multiple building material deliveries and crewmembers coming and going can be avoided.
A modular build is also a much quicker option as it not subject to delays in construction due to bad weather, the factory environment adds quality control and all materials are readily available. The benefit of these ‘instant’ barns cannot be overstated, and they continue to trend upwards in popularity. You can shop and purchase it online.
Even during the Covid-19 lockdown, agricultural buildings may still be delivered.
So if you are yearning to see your horse and have been locked out of the boarding barn, this may be an option for you.
You Don’t Have To Say No To Boarding
The idea of keeping your horse in your own backyard appeals to most horse owners, but having the option to keep a horse at home does not mean you have to say no to boarding.
While you may have room to pasture your horse, you may not have access to an indoor arena or outdoor riding ring. Access to a trainer may be limited on your own property, even if you have the space and budget to put in a riding ring. Many horse owners love the social aspect of being in a horse boarding facility.
Livery doesn’t have to be an either/or option. Many barns accommodate boarders who seek the use of an indoor during winter months. On the other side of the coin, advanced competition barns are often seasonal with trainers migrating to warmer regions during winter months. It may be feasible to save money during the winter by keeping your horse home, and then board during summer months to take advantage of lessons and the show scene with the money you have saved by home horsekeeping. Boarding for either summer or winter according to your need is a great way to save money.
No Rose-Colored Glasses
Home horsekeeping can present challenges so remove those rose-colored glasses.
Where will you put the manure? How much time do you have available for daily horse care? What do you know about how to buy good horse hay and do you have a place to store it? Will you have to pay more for vet and farrier visits?
It is wise to address all the questions that might arise and plan for them in advance.
Take Advantage of Current Deals
It pays to shop wisely. Many large manufacturers of modular builds have discount deals for buildings on their lot and the advantage that the structure can be delivered almost immediately. Ask about special financing promotions that may be available. Zero finance deals and reasonable interest options can save you a lot of money.
Remember that the addition of a horse barn can increase your property value but may also require additional insurance coverage, so do your homework.
Choose a construction company that can deliver on warranties, offers 3rd party financing options if you need help capitalizing the expense, and provides a wide array of choices in colors and materials used with good craftsmanship.
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As a Brit who has called the America home for the past 35 years, Nikki brings a unique perspective to the equestrian world. Nikki is also an accomplished Grand Prix dressage trainer/competitor, competing at international level and is a highly sought clinician offering clinics worldwide. She has been a horse breeder/importer of warmblood and Iberian breeds for more than 25 years. Together with her husband Paul who is also a Grand Prix trainer, they run Willowview Hill Farm, a private dressage training operation in the beautiful Catskill Mountains of New York. Please visit https://nikkialvinsmithstudio.com/ to learn more about her affordable services.