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you should choose kentucky for your horse farm. here's why

We may be more than a little biased, but we think our corner of Central Kentucky may be the greatest place on the planet.

That may be hyperbole, but an incontestable fact is the state of Kentucky’s reigning position as the place to buy a horse farm, in particular the areas surrounding Lexington. We’re the home of the world-famous Kentucky Derby after all.

From the lack of government restrictions right down to the land itself, there really isn’t another contender for horse capital of the World.

You should choose Kentucky for your horse farm - here’s why.

Start Your Lexington Horse Farm Search Today!

Less Government Restrictions

It’s your farm right? You should be able to do with it what you choose.

We couldn’t agree more, and this

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lexington, ky horse pasture land

Kentucky, and in particular the wide-open pasture land surrounding the city of Lexington, is internationally renowned for raising high-quality thoroughbred horses, among other things.

We’ve already covered what makes Kentucky land so special and fertile for this purpose, but what should you look for if you’re considering buying a Kentucky horse farm?

There is plenty worthy of your consideration, from the home itself to the barn. But as the primary land for the nourishment and exercise of your horses, the pasture land or paddock is probably the most important facet to consider with a Lexington horse farm.

With that said, here some key questions that you should ask yourself when assessing the quality of a property’s pasture.

How Much Land Do

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country road and open land near lexington, ky

While maybe not as different as you might expect, buying land does differ quite a bit from a more traditional real estate transaction.

It’s more important than ever to do your research, dot all the i’s and cross those t’s. Just like in a regular residential real estate transaction, you have to work out what you can afford, gain financing (probably) and negotiate a price.

But, the stakes are much larger. Not just due to the literal, larger scale of the purchase, but also because of the complexity of buying land and the number of factors at play.

That’s where we come in! Join us on this guide to buying land in Kentucky, created just for you!

Before You Buy

Work out your budget. Buying land is expensive and it’s important to be realistic.

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4 tips for staging your kentucky horse farm in 2020

There are thousands of articles across the internet explaining how to carefully stage your home, but what about horse farms?

Selling your Kentucky property may seem like a daunting and stressful task, but with these tips, your Kentucky horse farm will surely sell quickly. And with one of our agents to help you every step of the way, you can focus on what's really important – taking care of your horses!

The Formal Room: Pastures

Try to remember that the pasture closest to your home is similar to showing your formal dining room or living room. It may not be the most used room in your house or the most used acre on your farm, but if it's not set up beautifully, it can become a turn off.

Often, this piece of property is visible from the road

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When it comes to making things grow on your land and raising happy, healthy animals, few things are more important than the actual soil the land is made of.

The state of Kentucky has a long, proud agricultural history and is well known for its production of different types of grains, corn, soybean, hay and wheat. The relatively flat but rolling landscape makes it especially productive for these crops to grow.

But more importantly (especially around Lexington) the land here is known for its livestock and of course, horses.

What Does Soil Quality Mean?

Well, soil quality really comes down to how well it does what we want it to do. The make up of different soil types across Kentucky are what make those regions so successful for different

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When you picture a Kentucky horse farm, there is almost certainly a particular type of fencing that immediately comes to mind.

The Classic Black Fence

The classic, black, 4-board fencing that can be found throughout Kentucky’s Bluegrass region.

And there’s a very good reason for this.

First off, the paint color - black paint simply lasts longer and shows wear better. You can get away with painting a black fence once every 5 years, whereas a similar fence painted white would require touch ups every 2 years likely.

Secondly, why four boards?

Well, horses will often put their heads through a 3-board fence to eat grass on the other side. An overreaction could cause them to pull their head away suddenly, removing multiple boards from the

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What to look for in a Kentucky horse barn

Buying a horse farm can sometimes feel overwhelming.

There are so many different parts to a farm that you have to consider.

And one of the most important aspects is the barn.

This is where both you and your horses will be spending a lot of time, so it’s important that it checks all the boxes.

To make your real estate journey as simple as possible, here is a guide on what to look for in a Kentucky Horse Barn:

The Size of the Barn

The size of the barn is one of the first things you’ll want to take note of when buying a Kentucky horse farm.

Of course, the barn should be large enough to account for all of your horses. But it should also account for your future goals.

Make sure the barn has more stalls than you currently need so

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lexington farm with red barn

Whether you're starting a hobby farm or a horse farm in Kentucky, you'll quickly learn that starting a farm isn't all rainbows and sunshine.

It can be difficult to get started and many new farmers might underestimate the challenges they face.

That being said, once you've overcome those hurdles, owning a farm can be incredibly rewarding. Keep reading to learn our top five tips for new farm owners.

Start Small

Starting small might be one of the biggest challenges most new farm owners face.

Once you've purchased your property in Georgetown, Lexington, or anywhere in between, you'll want everything up and running as soon as possible. Ideas for the land will be flowing freely. Try to start small and grow your farm over time.

This may be

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Lexington St. Patrick’s Parade is Saturday, March 14th.

 

This is a free, family-friendly festival in Downtown Lexington.

The St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival is the longest-running citywide civic event in Lexington and is produced by Lexington Parks and Recreation and is sponsored by the Bluegrass Irish Society.

 The Shamrock Shuffle begins at 8 a.m. to benefit Lexington Habitat for Humanity. 

The annual “Blessing of the Keg” at the Alltech Kentucky Ale tent is at 10:45 a.m at the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza.

The parade begins at 1 p.m. and follows Main Street from Midland Avenue to Mill Street. 

At 11:30 a.m. McTeggart Irish Dancers begin

12 p.m. -The Bold Roberts perform

1 p.m. - The 41st Annual Alltech

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Article contributed by Jeff Anttila

If you’re looking for the sense of accomplishment that comes from working with your hands, being able to create something from nothing, and then having something tangible to show for all your efforts, a hobby farm might be your next great adventure.

Many hobby farmers consider the activity very rewarding. Harvesting your own produce you planted as seeds or raising little chicks into fully functioning farm animals creates an intense sense of accomplishment.

We think hobby farms are so great that we decided to put together a little guide on how to start your very own.

What exactly is a Hobby Farm?

 A hobby farm is typically a smaller scale farm that you start purely for the enjoyment of doing it, hence

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