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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Disaster Preparation for Horses

Are you ready for a disaster?

     I read an old article in Carolina Hoofbeats that got me started thinking…

     In 1996, when Hurricane Fran hit the center of North Carolina, I did not have my horses at home.  I did see massive amounts of trees which had been toppled:  stately 100-year-old oak trees down, and little trees twisted and broken.  My horses were safe, however I could not have reached them at their boarding farm due to the fallen trees.  If Fran came through now, I would not be worrying about flooding, as my house and barn are on a hill, but the tree damage to my fences and barn could be extensive.

     Since I have had my horses at my little farm, we have not had a huge hurricane to deal with in my section of central North Carolina (knock on wood), although we have had some storms that caused creeks to flood over pastures and roads.  We did have a local, Apex, chemical plant catch fire billowing potentially noxious gases into the air at 10:00 at night.  That fire caused an evacuation of all the families living near it and all of the people and horses downwind to the west of it for several miles.  Fortunately, I had a friend who was not in the air-flow and who could take my horses for a day or two.  She has moved, now, so what would I do now? or for a longer time?  And what would I do now if a disaster occurs?

Here is a short tip list of things to have at hand to maintain the health and welfare of your horses in an evacuation emergency:

  1. Make sure your horses’ vaccinations, booster shots, and Coggins are up to date.
  2. Collect important papers in one place (Coggins, registration papers, list of medications,  and photos.)
  3. Know where you can take your horses in an emergency (and/or where emergency facilities for horses are located).
  4. Keep a supply of hay, grain, water where they can be easily collected for travel.
  5. Keep veterinary supplies in a container for quick evacuation.
  6. Have your contact information on your horses halters with either a plate or waterproof marker.

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