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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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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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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Kentucky land for horses

Kentucky is known as the “Horse Capital of the World” for good reason—it’s home to the majority of the leading race horses in North America.

And the numbers keep growing.

Every year, more than 8,000 young race horses are registered. This alone makes up for nearly 40% of the annual foals in North America.

But why is Kentucky such a popular spot for raising horses?

Well, it all comes down to the land.

The Luxury of Limestone

Just as children drink milk to grow strong bones, horses eat grass to do the same.

Although you can find perfectly fine grass just about anywhere in the midwest, Kentucky’s is a little bit different.

What makes the difference is the limestone in the earth.

It all began thousands of years ago when Kentucky…

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Choosing the right fence for your Lexington farm and horses is incredibly important.

Horse farm owners in Kentucky should ensure their fence is functional, durable, and within their budget. And if you're not too sure what type of fence will suit your farm best, you can keep reading to learn about the different types, styles and material options.

There are quite a few details to consider when choosing a fence and it's critical to choose material that is safe for your equines.

First, let's discuss the importance of avoiding barbed wire fences.

This may seem like an obvious decision to many equestrian experts, but if a horse panics and attempts to run through it or jump over it, they could easily cause career-ending and life-threatening…

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Horse farm in Lexington, Kentucky

Buying a house can sometimes feel stressful. So you can imagine how it feels when buying a horse farm.

Not only do you need to consider the house, you need to consider the land and make sure everything is the right fit for both you and your animals.

Although this can seem like a lot, it doesn’t have to be stressful.

When you work with a REALTOR who specializes in horse farms, all of these potential stresses are lifted from your shoulders.

A great real estate agent knows exactly what you have to consider when buying a horse from in Kentucky, so you don’t have to worry about making the wrong choice.

But when looking for a horse farm, you should also make sure that you know what to look for so you can make an informed decision.

Check…

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