Check the roof on your horse barn…

Did you knock down the cobwebs your barn on the last day that it rained?  Did your horses jump through the roof while you were waving the broom around their stalls?  Well, this week it might be worthwhile to schedule a roof inspection on your barn to make sure it is in good shape.  (You can clean out gutters with a hose while you are up there.)  I found some chipped shingles on the edges of my roof this year where a tree limb had grown enough to brush the barn.  I needed some clippers to prevent further damage.  Since I caught it early, I only needed to slide some shingles underneath to prevent water damage.

If you are thinking about buying or selling a horse farm in Central North Carolina, or if you know of a friend who could use my help,  email me at annecain@kw.com. You could also call me, if that is more convenient, at 919-303-3588. You can also check out North Carolina horse farms for sale at http://apexhomesforsale.kwrealty.com/.

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Springtime thoughts…Cobwebs in my head.

Is it a rainy day?  Too rainy to ride on your horse farm?  (It is pouring on my mini farm.)  Is your riding ring too wet?  (Mine will be too wet tomorrow.)  How about taking a broom and knocking down the cobwebs in the barn.  They are a real fire hazard.  You can even do it while your horses are in their stalls to show them that brooms are not evil, even waving in the air.

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Gutter Cleaning Time

Whether you have gutters on your home or your barn, now is the time to make sure they are clean and free flowing.  As more leaves come down it is important to prevent clogging. Clogged gutters and downspouts lead to water baking up and going where it should not go. I have seen major siding problems when water ends up behind the gutters.  Those pesky termites love wet wood, too!

Please remember, if I can help you with your horse farm purchase or sale, please give me a call  (919-303-3588)  or send me an email:  Annecain@kw.com.  Please follow my blog, and let me know if you have  any questions.

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274 Roberts Trail

 

Can you imagine sitting on your porch and watching this view as the sun goes down?

Horse grazing at 274 Roberts Trail, Benson, NC

Horse grazing in pasture at 274 Roberts Trail

We could make it happen… This horse farm is priced at $585,ooo.   For more information,  email me at annecain@kw.com. You could also call me, if that is more convenient, at 919-303-3588. If this horse farm at 274 Roberts Trail is not the right farm for you, check out other central North Carolina farms for sale at http://apexhomesforsale.kwrealty.com/.

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7124 Apex Barbecue Road

7124 Apex Barbecue Road, Apex NC

7124 Apex Barbecue Road

7124 Apex Barbecue Road

$1,500,000  (Went Under Contract in Feb, 2017)

This North Carolina horse farm has the convenience of being within five minutes of schools, shops, and restaurants.  It s convenient to commuter routes to the Research Triangle Park, Cary, Apex, and Raleigh.  For trail riding the American Tobacco Trail is five minutes by trailer, and Umpstead Park is about thirty minutes away.  There are stables nearby for lessons.

The one-and-a-half story home has four bedrooms and 3.5 baths.  The master suite is on the first floor and the other bedrooms are upstairs. The home has over 3100 square feet with most of it on the first floor.

The horse pastures are fenced with blackboard and wire fence and are divided into two separate pastures with a gate in between them.  There is additional area which is currently used for riding which could also be fenced.  The total acreage is almost 7 acres and two horses live there now.

Horse shelter

Run in shed

One pasture has a run in shed.  Both pastures have trees for shade.  In addition, there is a pen for goats, and room to store a boat.

The price reflects the potential for development in the future, however it is set up for your horses now.  This home is listed by Realty World Carolina Properties.  I would love to help you purchase it by working as your Buyer’s agent.  For more information,  email me at annecain@kw.com. You could also call me, if that is more convenient, at 919-303-3588. Finally, if this horse farm at 7124 Apex Barbecue Road is not the right farm for you, check out other central North Carolina horse farms for sale at http://apexhomesforsale.kwrealty.com/.

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Blanketing Your Horse

I am a horse farm owner in Apex, North Carolina, and I as the leaves are falling I am starting to think about winter blanketing .  I don’t clip my horses.  I have always felt that they can keep themselves warm if I provide shelter and plenty of food in cold, wet times.  That’s not to say a blanket doesn’t help in the dead of winter or to keep them dry when they want to go out.

Now that my thoroughbred is aging, I am starting to have trouble keeping the weight on him.   I am thinking about a few more layers for him.  I have my blankets ready.  Here is a link to a good article on blanketing.

Blanketing your horse

I probably won’t do too much different this winter, but I sure don’t want him to drop weight.

If you are looking to buy or sell a horse farm in central North Carolina, I can help.  Contact me at Annecain@kw.com.

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Termite Troubles

Termites at your Horse Farm

Termites look like little white ants with long bodies in their crawling stages.  (When they swarm, they look like flying ants.)  Those little critters need water from the soil around your barn, run-in sheds, and home, so they build little tunnels out of the soil, so they can move around in climate-controlled comfort.  In these pictures I took, they are climbing a treated wood post, and moving across cement.  This structure was only three years old when they invaded, and they were caught because I knew what to look for.

Termites find North Carolina one of the ten best states to live in.  Because of that, you should plan to do an inspection every year of all of your structures. Since termites are industrious, why not do an inspection every Labor Day?  Walk around your horse farm and look inside and outside on all of the buildings.  The tunnels will vary in color based on the soil color.  The soil in these pictures was sandy, however I have seen clay colored tunnels, too.  If the wood looks in poor shape, poke it with a screwdriver to make sure it is solid.  If in doubt, call a professional exterminator!  Most companies will do a free inspection (hoping to find the beasts) and only charge if a treatment is needed.

By the way, termites love both cardboard and wood.  Get those things out of your crawl space and barn!!!  And if you see wood to earth contact, get a rake and pull the earth away.

If I can help you with your farm purchase or sale, please give me a call  (919-303-3588)  or send me an email:  Annecain@kw.com.  Please follow my blog, and let me know if you have  any questions.

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