Listing “Suitable for Horses” in Western North Carolina will attract a broad array of potential equestrian buyers.
But if the horse ain't happy, it ain't guna sell!
Appalachian Beauty Draws Equestrian Buyers
The scenic beauty of Western North Carolina’s Appalachian region draws summer residence from all across the eastern seaboard and central plains. If these summer residents are horsemen, they will want to bring their horses with them. Those who are fortunate enough to make the Western region of North Carolina their year-a-round home are fewer in number but when selling a property as a potential horse farm both permanent and seasonal buyers must be considered.
Whether the buyer will be permanent or seasonal resident, the seller of a potential horse farm must do more than have their Realtor list the property as “suitable for horses.” Owning a few acres, or even a few 100 acres, does not automatically make your property “suitable” in the eyes of a prospective equestrian buyer. Horsemen are looking for much, much more than a piece of land with a pretty house and pasture.
Potential Buyers of Equestrian Property Are Very Particular
Anyone selling a property as “suitable for horses” must first realize that potential horsemen buyers are going to be very particular about the quality of life your property may offer their equine friends. If you are selling a horse property and you have horses on your property, you absolutely must make certain beyond any doubt that the horses on your property are well cared for and afforded a reasonably comfortable life style.
Equestrians Have Zero Tolerance for Horse Neglect
Horsemen looking to buy horse property, have zero tolerance for horse neglect in any way shape or form. If buyers come to your property and they see a horse living in substandard condition, they will not be able to see beyond the neglect no matter how impressive your property may otherwise be. So, whether the horses on your property belong to you, or you are just letting “friends” park their horse on your property, be absolutely certain that the horses are receiving good quality care.
This does not mean that you have to have a million dollar barn and a manicured farm. The barn can be modest but it must be able to accommodate horses, tack, feed, and hay. The barn must be clean and orderly. Fencing must be in good repair and if you have barbed wire, get rid of every single strand.
Countless horses have been seriously injured and killed because of barbed wire. Electric tape is an economical and very practical choice for pasture fencing. Horseguard Fence is the best source of fencing supplies.
Buyers Teach How To Show a Farm For Sale
A farm my buyers and I visited had great potential. At first view, we all liked the place. However, when we walked into the barn, things went south. The stalls and traffic area opened to the horses had not been cleaned in months. The floors were not visible because of the build-up of manure. There was one lonesome horse that could come and go as he pleased from stall to pasture. His mane and tail were matted with cockleburs. He looked abject and forlorn. Even though this farm had some great potential, the buyers were so disgusted by the deplorable treatment of the horse that they could not see the farm for the horse.
Another farm we visited had some nice barns and potentially good pasture. Nevertheless, the three horses on the property were placed in a shadeless pasture without any run-in even though the property offered other options. Besides cooking in the sun, the horses were provided nothing for fly repellent and were covered from head to tail with flies. So accustomed to the onslaught of flies, they had even stopped flinching from the mass of flies that covered them. Once again, the buyers could not see the farm for the neglected horses.
"Suitable for Horses"
If you are listing a property “suitable for horses” make certain that your sellers are making “suitable” homes for the horses that are already on their properties. Buying a horse property with neglected horses on the property is as palatable to the equestrian buyer as it would be to dine at a restaurant while the person at the table next to you is vomiting.
If your sellers are not taking proper care of the horses on their property “suitable for horses” will likely hinder, rather than help sell the property. If, on the other hand, they are providing quality care for the equine that dwell on their property, they will very likely sell quickly and at a premium price.
We at Steed Talker Realty are equestrians. We own horses and horse property. We know what does and does not make for a good horse farm. Contact us to sell or buy the best equine properties in Western North Carolina.