When you are shopping for a Charlottesville horse farm, one of the first things that your agent needs to understand is what kind of barn will best meet your needs. Barn design is much more that just the number of stalls although of course that is of paramount importance. In looking at barns one of the first things to look at is the general layout. A barn can be beautiful, while being an inefficient place to work at the same time. This may not matter if you will be having a lot of help to do the work.
There are many items that you should think about when viewing a stable:
Is there adequate hay storage?
Are the stalls big enough?
Is there enough ventilation?
Will the barn be cool enough in the summer and warm in the winter?
Do you need separate tack and feed rooms?
What about a bathroom?
Is there hot water?
Does it have a wash stall?
Are there enough electric outlets for fans?
Do the doors open easily?
Do you prefer a center aisle barn or will a shed row style suit your needs just fine.
Is there equiptment storage?
What about storage for bedding?
Do you want dutch doors leading outside from each stall?
Then you need to look at how the barn is situated on the land:
How far is it from the house?
Do you want to have the barn close to the home or farther away?
How long a ride is it to the ring? Some people like a longer hack to warm up their horse on the way to the ring while others may want the ring located close to the barn.
Is the barn located conveniently to the paddocks or do you have to walk a long distance to turn out and bring in the horses. This may not matter so much if your horses will live out much of the time.
There is a lot to think about when you are looking for a Central Virginia horse property. Be sure to hire an agent who understand horse properties so that they can help you find the Charlottesville horse farm that best meets your needs.
Below are pictures of some area barns.
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