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Fifty years combined experience of horses and houses

WINKWORTH EQUESTRIAN: UNDERSTANDING HORSES AND HOUSES With fifty years combined experience of horses and houses, our team understand how to help sellers achieve the best results for their equestrian properties. We are also perfectly placed to help buyers make the most of their equine requirements. From hunting to hacking, to eventing and dressage we will speak your language both in the saddle and in our offices. So whether it’s to discuss buying or selling, please contact us and talk to a member of our friendly team. Spring is the perfect time to hunt for an equestrian property. With the season about to start, horse owners who have been too busy hunting to consider putting their own house on the market can decide to make a move before the uncertainty of a General Election. This could eases the dearth of equestrian properties currently available. But how can people make sure that they’re purchasing the right property, especially when keeping horses at home' Below are perhaps four of the most important, key points to a perfect equestrian property. Grazing Most important is the amount of grazing you have. There is nothing worse than over grazing paddocks as this will cause you many problems down the line, like poaching the grass in winter rain and having problems with weeds in the summer. You want to have enough grazing to be able to rotate your horses, letting the paddocks rest and recover. The recovery period allows you time for field maintenance to apply fertilizer or top the paddocks. The better the quality of the grass, the less hay you will need to supplement your horses diet; therefore save you buying in hay. If you can, its best to fence with post and rail and use wooden gates: if your horse is going to get stuck in the fence it best the rail snaps rather than using wire which won’t break. Stabling Any stables will do the job but to make your life easy its best to design your own stables to suit you and your yard. If you hunt you will know that getting back from hunting is when you appreciate good facilities. The ideal would be to have a well-lit under cover hot water wash down. You cannot have enough concrete, lights and covered space around the stables to aid a quick and comfortable wash down for your horse. If you can include a tack room in the stables too then do it, there is nothing worse than heaving tack from the downstairs loo out to the stables. Position your muck heap in a convenient position and consider how you will deal with it. A good option is to use an old grain trailer, as this can be a fast and easy to have it taken away. Consider where you are going to store hay and straw, will you build a separate building' or can you accommodate hay and straw under the same roof as the horses' Feed rooms are vital; ensure that it has enough room for the feed for the number of animals you have. The feed room must be secure you really don’t want to have to call the vet because that crafty old horse has got out of his stable and eaten half a bag of sugar beet! Riding If you’re not lucky enough to have your own ground to ride over then you need to know that you have good bridleways locally or that you can come to an agreement with local land owners to ride on their land. You really don't want to find yourself in the position of having a lovely yard and a brilliant set of horses but only the road to exercise them on. A National Park can allow brilliant riding in stunning location so being situated near one will be hugely beneficial. The House The house needs to be close enough to the yard so you can hear if there is anything wrong and you need to get out there in a hurry. A must is a good-sized boot room, there is nothing more important than having enough space for wellies and wet coats when you are involved with live stock. An Aga is usually a key tool in drying hunting coats out and also supplying the horses with a hearty supper of boiled barley after a long day in the vale. Ultimately, property is all about balance. There will never be perfection in property, which is probably its greatest attraction. A wonderful stable yard can, subject to consents, be adapted by a future buyer with a myriad of possibilities. The same can be said for barns. The key is to buy something you can make perfect, in a setting that will allow you and your family to enjoy it. We will be delighted to offer our advice in matters equestrian in your own hunt for the perfect home. Winkworth Equestrian

WINKWORTH EQUESTRIAN: UNDERSTANDING HORSES AND HOUSES

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With fifty years combined experience of horses and houses, our team understand how to help sellers achieve the best results for their equestrian properties.

We are also perfectly placed to help buyers make the most of their equine requirements.

From hunting to hacking, to eventing and dressage we will speak your language both in the saddle and in our offices.

So whether it’s to discuss buying or selling, please contact us and talk to a member of our friendly team.

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Spring is the perfect time to hunt for an equestrian property. With the season about to start, horse owners who have been too busy hunting to consider putting their own house on the market can decide to make a move before the uncertainty of a General Election. This could eases the dearth of equestrian properties currently available. But how can people make sure that they’re purchasing the right property, especially when keeping horses at home' Below are perhaps four of the most important, key points to a perfect equestrian property.

Grazing Most important is the amount of grazing you have. There is nothing worse than over grazing paddocks as this will cause you many problems down the line, like poaching the grass in winter rain and having problems with weeds in the summer. You want to have enough grazing to be able to rotate your horses, letting the paddocks rest and recover. The recovery period allows you time for field maintenance to apply fertilizer or top the paddocks. The better the quality of the grass, the less hay you will need to supplement your horses diet; therefore save you buying in hay. If you can, its best to fence with post and rail and use wooden gates: if your horse is going to get stuck in the fence it best the rail snaps rather than using wire which won’t break.

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Stabling Any stables will do the job but to make your life easy its best to design your own stables to suit you and your yard. If you hunt you will know that getting back from hunting is when you appreciate good facilities. The ideal would be to have a well-lit under cover hot water wash down. You cannot have enough concrete, lights and covered space around the stables to aid a quick and comfortable wash down for your horse. If you can include a tack room in the stables too then do it, there is nothing worse than heaving tack from the downstairs loo out to the stables. Position your muck heap in a convenient position and consider how you will deal with it. A good option is to use an old grain trailer, as this can be a fast and easy to have it taken away. Consider where you are going to store hay and straw, will you build a separate building' or can you accommodate hay and straw under the same roof as the horses' Feed rooms are vital; ensure that it has enough room for the feed for the number of animals you have. The feed room must be secure you really don’t want to have to call the vet because that crafty old horse has got out of his stable and eaten half a bag of sugar beet!

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Riding If you’re not lucky enough to have your own ground to ride over then you need to know that you have good bridleways locally or that you can come to an agreement with local land owners to ride on their land. You really don't want to find yourself in the position of having a lovely yard and a brilliant set of horses but only the road to exercise them on. A National Park can allow brilliant riding in stunning location so being situated near one will be hugely beneficial.

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The House The house needs to be close enough to the yard so you can hear if there is anything wrong and you need to get out there in a hurry. A must is a good-sized boot room, there is nothing more important than having enough space for wellies and wet coats when you are involved with live stock. An Aga is usually a key tool in drying hunting coats out and also supplying the horses with a hearty supper of boiled barley after a long day in the vale.

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Ultimately, property is all about balance. There will never be perfection in property, which is probably its greatest attraction. A wonderful stable yard can, subject to consents, be adapted by a future buyer with a myriad of possibilities. The same can be said for barns. The key is to buy something you can make perfect, in a setting that will allow you and your family to enjoy it. We will be delighted to offer our advice in matters equestrian in your own hunt for the perfect home.

Winkworth Equestrian

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