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provide a tangible, living connection to a rural, slower-paced life
we have all but lost in these frenetic times. And that’s why
many “horse appreciators” who do not own horses themselves
deliberately seek out and purchase property in equestrian
communities. These non-riders may well prefer a home with a view of
ambling horses on a dirt trail to one with a view of golf carts
motoring over chemically green turf (of course, there are a
growing numbers that want both).
Statistics show only about only 35% of the residents of many
equestrian communities are actually avid horse people. The remainder
are just occasional riders, or, alternatively, serious golfers,
fishermen, or hunters drawn to the non-equestrian amenities of a
particular community. This population includes both retirees who
love to hike and want easy access to trails and open space, and
families who want a rural-type community for the benefit of their
children and/or pets.
The avid horse owners, on the other hand, are looking for kindred
spirits with whom to ride and exchange information on training,
vets, and farriers, not to mention the best prices for quality hay
and feed. In addition, these potential buyers are apt to be more
interested in the topography and natural features of the
development’s setting than in the design of the homes. They will
value level pasture land, shade trees, creeks and lakes, direct
access to community trails and proximity to National Forests, BLM
land, or other equestrian-friendly public lands.
Needless to say, the presence of regulation-sized community arenas
for dressage, hunter/jumper events, or roping is an additional draw
for the avid horse people, as are plots of land large enough to
construct similar private facilities.
Professionally-staffed community stables, possibly with horses for
guests to ride, are a plus for buyers who work full time or travel
frequently and need boarding services.
For the horse crazy or the horse friendly, a well designed
equestrian community has much to offer: the sight of horses romping
and playing in pastures, groups of neighbors meandering down the
trails on a Saturday morning, waving to all they pass, friends ready
to lend a helping hand, a place to teach children to love and
respect the natural world . . . and maybe even a golf course where
all those non-riding husbands can retreat while their wives enjoy
hanging out with their horses!
CEO of MyEquestrianCommunity.com and BuyHorseProperties.com;
and soon to be published MyEquestrianVacation.com. Marie is a
leading horse property Realtor, now retired, previously marketing
and selling property in equestrian communities and horse ranches in
California. Marie has been an agent since 1975 who now resides in
Taos, NM, with her husband Dave Griffith, and their two senior trail
horses, Rhea and Sheik, Marie focuses on their websites with
husband, Dave, a retired software engineer, along with their daughter, Sue
Griffith-Aguirre, who works on the site remotely from Coconut Creek,
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