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Key elements to know before starting your equestrian journey

by Miriam McKinney 11/29/2023

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All over the country, farms can be found housing a total of millions of horses. If you’re interested in owning a horse farm, knowing some of the basics can help you decide if moving forward with a land purchase to house horses is the right step for you. 

Is owning a horse farm profitable?

Investors usually see a steady flow of income when they invest in horse properties, as equestrian farms usually have consistent interest surrounding them. 

Between renting stalls out to horse owners, offering classes, or charging visitors to view the animals for the day - there are many ways for a horse farm to be profitable. 

What type of land is best for horses?

As horses are large animals, they need plenty of space to thrive. It’s best if the land has plenty of grass for them to graze on. It’s vital for the property and land to have good water drainage, so the land doesn’t become too muddy. 

How many horses can you put on 5 acres?

It’s recommended to have at least two acres of land per horse. Five acres of land may be ideal for 2 horses; however, if you’re planning to grow your equestrian farm, you may want to consider purchasing a larger amount of land. By consulting your county rules, you can see land requirements and establish if there’s a limit on how many horses you may have. 

Owning an equestrian property is a large commitment, however by doing your research and collaborating with a real estate agent, you can start the journey to owning a horse farm. 

About the Author

Miriam McKinney

A true native to the Western North Carolina area with family roots dating back to 1810, I am a true ambassador for Western North Carolina with undergraduate degrees in education and music from Mars Hill University and an MBA from Western Carolina University.  As a former teacher in the area my goal is to educate, whether a buyer or seller, by providing the most current, relevant information available and by giving expert guidance throughout. My professional goal is to exceed my client's expectations through a commitment to excellence with their success as the number one goal! Being a trusted advisor and creating lifelong relationships is an honor. The result is that I have been a top producing Realtor providing clients with successful outcomes for 20 years. I am licensed in both North and South Carolina.  

Real Estate is my love and passion, and when I am not helping my clients achieve their real estate goals, I am working on my real estate investment portfolio. I am a seasoned investor who not only helps my clients buy and sell real estate, but I own investment real estate as well. My experience with different investments is extensive - from commercial investments, short-term rentals, single family homes and at times I am even the one with the power tools and getting my hands dirty, which is incredibly satisfying and rewarding!  

“Real estate cannot be lost or stolen, nor can it be carried away. Purchased with common sense, paid for in full, and managed with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world.” Franklin D. Roosevelt 

Giving back to the community and others is what this life is all about.  I volunteer with Big Brother/Big Sisters, Conserving Carolina, travel abroad to help build houses for people without homes, give back to my profession as a past Secretary and Director for Land of the Sky Association of Realtors and serve on the Board of Equalization and Review for Buncombe County.  

I love living in the mountains and enjoy the coast as well. This is the best of both worlds as North Carolina is an incredible state! I feel blessed to call the mountains of NC my home. One of my favorite activities is to hike with my Jack Russell, "Bella". Other favorites include cycling, mountain biking, kayaking, pilates, yoga, and paddle boarding. You will often find me participating in local and regional races. I love to travel the world but most of all I love coming home!  

Experience matters. Real estate transactions are generally the largest transaction that most people ever do. I would be delighted to talk with you about your real estate goals and objectives and put my experience to work for you.