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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Horse farm safety

 

 

Fire extinguishers

If you are like most horse farm owners, you are always on the lookout for popped nails or splintering boards that could pierce your horses skin.  (Horses just aren’t tough on the outside like cows are.)  But every so often you need to look at the other safety issues which come up in the barn.

Many horse farm owners in North Carolina put a fire extinguisher in the barn.  I see them when I show properties and sometimes see they are covered with dust and spider webs; they look like they have not been touched in years.

Fire extinguishers lose pressure and need to be serviced occasionally.  Take a look at the expiration date.  Clean off the cobwebs and dust.  Keep it in an accessible location that you can grab it if you ever need it.  And most importantly, make sure you know how to use it.

If you would like to look for a central North Carolina horse farm with an agent who owns and keeps horses,  email me at annecain@kw.com.  You can also call me, if that is more convenient, at 919-303-3588.  Check out North Carolina horse farms at http://apexhomesforsale.kwrealty.com/.

 

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1220 Windy Ridge Road, Chapel Hill, NC

1220 Windy Ridge Road, Chapel Hill

Updated story and a half home

Home with three bedrooms

$875,000

This pretty central North Carolina home is located on the north west side of Jordan Lake.  The kitchen has granite countertops and tile accents.  There are large windows for natural light.  Hardwood floors gleam.  Three pleasant bedrooms and a bonus give plenty of quiet space.  Take a short walk or drive a golf cart down to the barn.

The property is a working horse farm, with a 5-stalls and ten acres of land.  Pastures are fenced and ready for horses and plumbed to make watering horses easy.  There are five run-ins scattered around the pastures.

An interesting feature of the property is the rustic cabin.  It is totally livable, so an in-law or trainer could live here.  It was built just a few years ago, yet feels old fashioned.

This home is listed by Chatham Homes Realty.  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 1220 Windy Ridge Rd. 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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5959 Old Beulah Road, Kenly, NC

5959 Old Beulah Road, Kenly, NC

SOLD at $258,000

Old Beulah Hill Road House

        This pretty, working, North Carolina horse farm is located near the small town of Kenly, which is near Clayton, in Johnston County.  The 1600 square foot house has three bedrooms and is all on one floor.  It features a country style front porch, hardwood floors, a screened porch, and a two car garage.  The kitchen has granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.  Since it is already fixed up, so you can move right in!

The horse facilities include a four stall barn and  two fenced pastures.  The center aisle provides a grooming area, and there is a wash rack and a tack room.

Four Stall barn at Beulah Hill Road

4-Stall barn

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 5959 Old Beulah Road is not the right farm for you, check out other central North Carolina horse farms for sale at http://apexhomesforsale.kwrealty.com/.

(This North Carolina horse farm is listed with a different real estate broker, Triangle Midtown Realty, but I would be happy to help you purchase it as your buyer’s agent.  Let me know if I can help you look.)

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Horse facilities at 274 Roberts Trail

Your horses could come home to this horse farm:

274 Roberts Trail, Benson, NC

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This working North Carolina horse farm is located near McGees Crossroads, between Raleigh and Benson, North Carolina.  Your horses will love the facilities.  The barn has four large stalls, a tack room, central grooming area, locker room (rough-plumbed for a future half bath), and hay storage (both up and down.)  Just outside the grooming area is a wash rack.

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Grooming area

 The grooming area is cool and spacious with a high ceiling.  It connects directly to the tack room and has two stalls on each side.  The wash rack is just outside.

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Pastures are planted in fescue and bermuda grass for year round grazing.  They are cross-fenced and gated so the horses can move around or be kept separate as you see fit.  There are boarders in place at this farm who would love to remain and ride with you.  (This farm has a profit-making business running.)

This ten-acre horse farm is priced at $585,000.  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 274 Roberts Trail 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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274 Roberts Trail, Benson, NC

274 Roberts Trail, Benson, NC

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$585,000

         This pretty, custom-built North Carolina horse farm is located only 35 minutes from downtown Raleigh.   It is just off Exit 319 on Interstate 40.  The closest stores are within a three minute drive:  a convenience store at McGees Crossroads and a Food Lion near the interstate.  The home has just over 4400 square feet, two offices, and six bedrooms.  The great room in the home has an impressive stone fireplace.  The custom kitchen has granite countertops and a central island.  Throughout the first floor there is radiant heat under hardwood floors (in addition to the normal HVAC) for energy efficiency and extra climate control in each room.

IMG_4277The master bedroom of the home is on the first floor, and features a pretty bathroom with granite countertops and accents.  A second bedroom on the first floor  also has an attached bath, so it is perfect for older company.  Upstairs you will find an in-law suite, which is perfect if you want a live-in trainer.  The suite has its own kitchen, living area, bedroom, bath and laundry room.

One office is downstairs, and a second one upstairs could double as an occasional bedroom.  There are two loft areas for play spaces.

The horse facilities this working farm feature a four-stall barn with a tack room, grooming area, and hay storage.   The wash rack is just outside.  There is a full size, fenced arena suitable for jumping and a grassy dressage area too.  The land is very gently rolling and you could easily create a path three the woods for summer cool-down.  With boarders in place, you can have a horse business which generates income, or just enjoy your own horses.  The choice is yours.

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 274 Roberts Trail 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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Figuring out your horses weight

Want to know what your horse weighs?

One of the best ways to keep your horse healthy into his golden years is to keep him exercised and at a trim weight.  To measure his weight, get a flexible tape that is about 120 inches long.  (Many quilting stores have long tapes.)  Follow these three steps to get his approximate weight:

  1. Use the tape to measure his girth circumference.  Measure around his middle from his withers to just behind his elbow and back to his withers.  Write the number down.
  2. Use the tape to measure his length from the point of his shoulder to the point of his buttocks.  Write that number down.
  3. Calculate the body weight:  girth x girth x length / 330 = weight (lb)
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