Raleigh Horse Farms for Sale

A TRUE TOWN AND COUNTRY ESTATE on 10.35 acres! $649,000! 3529 Old Milburnie Rd, Raleigh, NC 27616- 20 min from RDU and close to shopping, great schools and healthcare, this horse-ready, pond-view home is a nature-lover’s dream. WOW is right with so many updates to the home including the fully remodeled kitchen that includes skylights and granite w/island gas cook-top and stainless vented hood, pull-out-drawer cabinetry. The home has cedar-lined vaulted ceilings, oak hardwood w/walnut inlay, and historic reclaimed pine bar top and kitchen desk from Hart Cotton Mill in Tarboro (circa 1887) and so much more.

EntrywayGeneral: Open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, hardwood/tile/carpet (one bedroom), and Pella casement windows. New skylights in kitchen, living room, master bedroom and master bath for added light. Decking around three sides of home. Large brick patio. Grilling area beside screen porch has a built-in gas Holland grill and one gas burner. Entire property fenced in with electric gate at entrance. Welded horse-safe wire in large five-acre pasture. Large shed in 5-acre pasture for farm equipment, horses or parties with a great view of treed rolling terrain. Barn has two shed areas for equipment and is open on one side to the one-acre pasture. Unfinished large riding ring in the one-acre pasture. Many windows allow views of front, side and back of property.

Oversize detached garage built in 1998 with large wired/plumbed workshop and outside stairs to storage over top. Huge master bedroom has cherry hardwoods, bath has granite double sink, spa tub, full-length custom glass-enclosed shower. Outdoor grilling area has built in Holland grill. Entire property fenced w/electric gate; welded horse-safe wire encloses 5-acre pasture and large shed for equipment, horses or parties with great views of timbered, rolling terrain. Unfinished riding ring in one-acre pasture.

KitchenKitchen was remodeled in 2007 with new tile floor, triple SS sink, island gas cooktop with SS hood vented to outside, granite countertops, heart of pine bar top and kitchen desk reclaimed from Hart Cotton Mill, Tarboro, circa 1887. Custom cabinets made of birch/alder have pull out drawers and glass front doors. Wall of windows for view of back deck/brick patio. Vaulted ceiling lined with western red cedar.

Hall bathroom remodeled in 2007 with new tile floors, tile around tub, custom glass mirror entire length of granite-topped vanity, upgraded shower /sink hardware. Master bath remodeled in 2012 with granite counter, double sink, Jacuzzi spa tub, tiled shower with full-length glass enclosure with Diamond Cote to prevent water spots. Three walls have custom glass with glass trim.

Huge master bedroom remodeled in 2012 with new cherry hardwood floor.

Sunroom also vaulted cedar-lined ceiling with window walls for open views; detached screen porch with vaulted natural pine ceilings & 2 outdoor ceiling fans. Sunroom has two walls of Pella windows, oak hardwood floors, vaulted ceiling lined with western red cedar.

Octagon sunken living room vaulted ceiling also lined with western red cedar, oak hardwood floors with walnut accent around floor perimeter. Faux painted walls. Large windows for viewing the outside screened porch area as well as the front of property with pond. Sliding glass door opens onto front deck. Stone fireplace with gas logs.

Dining room oak hardwood floors and one full wall of custom glass with glass trim. Large four-unit span of windows for viewing front of property. Detached screen porch has vaulted natural pine ceiling, two outdoor ceiling fans.

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Making Allowances for Big and Small Horses

Not all horses are created equal – some are much bigger than average, and some are much smaller. Take for example draft horses and miniature horses. Before introducing the big or the small horse onto your horse property you might need to make a few adjustments. While the general rules of horse keeping apply to all horses you must consider their size. Stalls and fences in particular need adjustments for the biggest and smallest of horses.

Draft Horses

Miniature Horses

Miniature Horses and horse properties for sale in NC.

In Central North Carolina’s climate most draft horses do fine when kept outdoors as long as they have access to shade, protection from the wind and plenty of clean water and food. But most likely you will keep your draft horses stalled at least part of the time for the convenience of caring for and feeding them. A barn provides a safe environment for you and your horse, while saving on labor and land costs.

Two types of stalls are commonly used for draft horses, box or tie stalls. The box stall should be large enough for the horse to lie down, and to allow the handler to work around the horse without being crowded. The minimum size of a draft horse’s box stall is 12’X12’, but 14’ X 14’ is ideal. Tie stalls take less space, usually 8’ long and 5’ wide. They work especially well for feeding and grooming horses that are turned out much of the time. Stall ceilings should be at least nine feet high and the stall doors at least four feet wide. If the draft horse is extremely large, a wider door might be needed. Doors larger than four feet wide should slide rather than open on hinges. Also, be sure lights and wiring are out of reach of the horse. That goes for any horse, but what might be out of reach for the average sized horse could be easy for the gentle giant in your barn.

The sheer size and height of the draft horse demand special attention to the design and materials used when making fences. Planning where the horses are contained depend on available space, amount of shade (if no shade is available a run-in shed is needed) and convenience.

Fences for draft horses should be five to six feet high. Rails should be spaced about eight inches apart. The strongest fence material is steel pipe, and it is the most expensive. Wood is a strong and safe fence, but also expensive and requires regular painting and repair of rotted posts and boards. Polymer coated wood is even more expensive but saves on maintenance costs in the long run. Various types of PCV are also available and low maintenance but not as strong as pipe and wood.

Woven wire is low cost and easy to install with either wooden posts or t-posts. It is most effective with a single wooden sight board at the top. These fences will last longer and do a better job of keeping the horses inside if they are re-enforced with electric wire or tape inside at the top and bottom. The hot wire will keep the horse from leaning on or reaching over the top or sticking his head under the bottom to nibble that grass that is “always greener on the other side.” Another plus to the woven wire fence is it will discourage dogs from entering the pasture.

Inspect your fences regularly to be sure they are free of projections such as wire or nails that can injure the horse.

Miniature Horses

The miniature horse owner can downsize considerably to house their little equines. An acre is plenty of space for up to three miniatures. Again, in Central North Carolina’s climate they can manage just fine kept outdoors in winter as long as they are not body clipped, have shade, a

wind-break and clean water. In fact, your main caution is to be sure the miniature horses do not get overweight or founder on too much lush grass. It is advisable to divide the pasture or paddock into small sections and rotate the horses’ grazing area.

For the same reasons as with any size horse there are times when it is convenient to put the mini in a stall. If your existing barn was not designed for minis they’ll be perfectly happy in a big stall, or if you have two minis you can divide one stall to make two. If they get along with each other two minis can even share a stall, but the divider may be needed to separate them for feeding. An eight by eight feet stall is plenty of space for one miniature horse, even six by six for the very small minis. Be sure there is plenty of ventilation in your mini’s stall. If it is built of solid materials like concrete block or plywood you may need to install a ceiling fan to push air down into the stall. If the stall door is solid, consider installing a “window” so the mini can watch what is going on outside its walls as well as get some fresh air.

When constructing fences remember that while going over the fence is a concern for most horses, miniature horse can go under. Five feet is still a safe height, just in case you have a really good jumper, four feet will do. Place the bottom board eight to twelve inches from the ground. Four to five rails placed close enough so that the mini can’t squeeze through are recommended if building a post and rail type fence. If you opt for woven wire fencing be sure the mesh is small enough that the mini doesn’t get a tiny hoof caught in the fence. Again, install a sight board. Some minis seem to think a woven wire fence makes a really nice place to scratch, especially when they’re shedding their winter coats. For that reason, and the ones mentioned above, an electric strand at the top and bottom will discourage fence rubbing. Some mini owners install a “scratch panel” inside the paddock for their little horses in hopes they will not use the fence or gate for that purpose. An eight-foot section of hog panel with a post at each end works well.

Electric fencing works fine until the power goes out or the horses get so spooked they run through it. Another thing to watch for are deer knocking the electric strand down. But if you do opt for electric, the electric tape gives better visibility and is stronger than wire. Use two strands, the bottom eight inches from the ground and space the second strand twelve inches from the bottom one. Be sure to keep grass and weeds cut from under the bottom wire so not to short it out.

With these few adjustments to your horse property you can safely house your over or undersized horse and make them feel right at home.

Making Allowances for Big and Small Horses including Miniature Horses



NC Climate and Caring for Horses in Extreme Weather

NC Climate and Caring for Horses in Extreme Weather 

Horse Care in North CarolinaThe climate in Central North Carolina is ideal for horses and humans alike. We are far enough inland that we seldom get the full impact of tropical storms and hurricanes and far enough east of the mountains that we miss most of the snow. The average annual high temperature for Raleigh is 70 degrees and the average low is 50 degrees. This gives us a long riding season, with horse activities scheduled all year around. It is also an ideal climate for growing hay which translate into a good supply of quality hay at reasonable prices. That is not to say we do not have short periods of severe weather from time to time. In those rare times special horse care is needed.

Spring Horse Care

Spring is one of the equestrian’s favorite seasons. Franklin, Wake, Chatham and Granville Counties have open woodlands and fields that are especially beautiful in spring. The dogwood and redbud are in bloom, the temperatures are mild, and we are ready to ride.

This season of transition sometimes spurs stormy weather: thunder storms, high winds and even occasionally a tornado. The big question that comes up often is do we leave out horses in or out? According to the American Association of Equine Practitioners if the pasture has good fencing and limited trees, it is probably best to leave horses outside. NC State Extension has a good fact sheet on hurricane preparedness that can be applied to any severe weather with high winds. You can find it at https://ncdisaster.ces.ncsu.edu/2016/10/horses-and-horse-farms-hurricane-preparedness/?src=rss

So, keep an eye on the weather, with is usually beautiful in the spring, and enjoy riding except when there is a storm warning in your area.

Summer Horse Care

In the South it gets hot and humid in the summer. When the temperature rises your horse can become over heated and dehydrated. The first line of defense is to make sure your horse has palatable water to drink. Horses drink at least 10-12 gallons a day. They will not drink water that is dirty or hot. Clean automatic waters daily and check to make sure they are in good working order. Empty and clean and refill buckets every day. Check them several times, refilling as needed. Do the same with your outdoor water troughs – empty and clean daily. This prevents algae growing in the trough and provides your horses with fresh, cool water. Place the trough in a shady area in the summer. Water is most palatable at 45° to 65ºF. Horses will not drink hot, scummy water. When they are not drinking enough water, their system can’t regulate their body temperature. This can cause colic and other health problems.

If horses are outside they need well ventilated shade – trees or a run-in shed. If it is humid and 90º or over it is too hot to ride. Ride early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid him getting over-heated and dehydrated. After riding give your horse a good hosing off and walk him in the shade until he is breathing normally which is 8-10 breaths per minute. If your horses are kept inside the barn a fan will help with ventilation and cooling your horse during extreme temperatures.

Autumn Horse Care

Autumn brings with it relief from the summer heat. We look forward to the fall color and long, leisurely rides with the nutty aroma of the woods and cooler breezes.

Hurricane season starts June 1 and runs through November in North Carolina. The good news is they seldom reach central North Carolina. But, once in a long while we will have one track inland and reach our area. Again, refer to the fact sheet by NC State Extension. Read their recommendations before hurricane season starts.

Winter Horse Care

NC Climate and Caring for Horses in Extreme WeatherFranklin, Wake, Chatham and Granville Counties have relatively mild winters. While we sometimes have a “cold snap” of temperatures in the teens or more rarely signal digits, the average low temperature is in the mid-thirties. Central North Carolina usually has only a couple of snows. The snow doesn’t stay on the ground long, so if you want to take a ride act quickly before its all gone. A good tip to make riding in snow safe is to “grease” the bottom of your mount’s hooves to prevent snow from packing in and causing the foot to lose traction. A hoof conditioner or even lard or butter will work.

Water is as important to consider in your horses’ winter care as it was in summer. If the water is too cold the horses will not drink which can cause colic. It is not enough to just break the ice off the water trough and buckets. You should empty and refill – sometimes more than once on those rare sub-freezing days – to insure your horse has access to clean water at a palatable temperature.

To blanket or not to blanket is a question many horse owners ask. The truth is, unless you have body clipped your horse, or it is sick or very old, your horse does not need a blanket. Nature has provided him with a nice fur coat.

You may not be riding as much in the winter but that doesn’t mean you can ignore your horse. Stalls still must be cleaned and your horse needs exercise and turnout. You should groom your horse and clean its hooves daily. While you groom look for any injuries that may be hiding under that thick winter coat. In addition, daily contact will enable you to know how your horse is feeling and catch any illness before it advances.

Spring comes early in our area, so it won’t be long before you’re in full swing enjoying your horse in pleasant weather again. We hope you have enjoyed this article on NC Climate and Caring for Horses in Extreme Weather.




Fox Spring Farm in Black Horse Run


Fox Spring FarmWelcome to the Fox Spring Farm in the Black Horse Run subdivision. Black Horse Run is an equestrian community in Bahama, North Carolina.
The current home is situated on the location of the original farm house built in 1850. People were not in a hurry to locate their homes in rural North Carolina during the 1800s; they took the time to find the very best location for their family and generations to come.  Set in the shade of 60’ tall black walnut trees, the current home is on the exact site where the original was built.  Fox Spring Farm FireplaceThe fireplace and hearth are made from the original fireplace’s fieldstones.  Original large foundation stones are extensively used in the new home’s landscaping.  The original hand-dug well has been repointed and topped with original hand-made bricks salvaged from the old farmhouse; a drive and walkway surround the well and garden permitting views from all angles.
The original farm’s log cabin and outdoor kitchen have been reconditioned for storage of essential horse farm equipment and materials. A well worn footpath from the original dirt road leading to the farmhouse travels through the trees to the current homes front door.
Black Horse Run Farm 4Current pasture 4-board fence lines follow the original fencing and are lined by mature cedar trees.  Water hydrants serve all four pastures and turnout areas.  Electricity for illumination and winter time water temperature control are provided to the winter pasture and turnout area.  Proper pasture rotation ensures there is always a supply of green grass available for your horses.
The 36×36’ raised center isle Barn Master stable has four-rubber matted stalls, a tack room and sufficient storage for many months’ hay supply.  There are ceiling fans above all four stalls.  Hot and cold running water is supplied to the tack room and isle.  Tongue and groove pine is used extensively on the stall fronts and in the tack room.
Although located in the heart of the 550 Acre Black Horse Run of Durham (click for neighborhood web site), you are hard pressed to find a view of your neighbors.  It is a 15-minute hike to the 2,450 acre Hill Forest preserve, one of the hunting territories for a local foxhunt club, the Red Mountain Hounds http://friendsofhillforest.org/index.php.  Black Horse Run is also within 2-miles of the famous Quail Roost Farmhttp://quailroostfarm.com/

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Ten of North Carolina’s Most Stunning Equine Architecture Projects

We all know and love horses, mint juleps and trifectas, but truly enjoying the grit and grime of the daily practice, grooming and care can escape us.  Or in fact, we can escape it by building fantastic structures to help ease the workload for us and spoil our four-legged friends.  Here’s a sampling of ten of the most stunning examples of North Carolina Equine Architecture (all my humble opinion, none to little of my own wording, and using all their images and giving them credit, too):

1.   Matthews Cutting Horses, Warsaw (near Wilmington) NC, Stan Gralla Architects

This project, completed in collaboration with GH2, is a seriously tricked-out 10-stall barn with office, vet area, and oh-by-the-way a 3,000 square foot home above the barn to allow incredible views of the surrounding farm with a balcony onto the indoor arena.

2. Carolina Equine Hospital, Browns Summit (near Greensboro) NC, CMW Architects

CarolinaEquineHospital2AWith an equine veterinary practice rapidly outgrowing its current facilities, the owners of the Carolina Equine Hospital retained CMW to plan a new full service equine hospital to be located outside Greensboro, North Carolina. Following a comprehensive programming and site master planning exercise, the resulting design solution addressed the veterinarians’ current requirements while anticipating the needs for the future growth of the practice.

3.  Private Horse Farm, Boone, NC, Zaic & Associates Architects


BooneNCHorseFarm3BThis project included both horse facilities and estate home design and construction.  Owners can view their horses from a living quarters’ kitchen window.  Pretty spectacular!

4.  Private Horse Barn, Raleigh, NC, DC Builders

This 36′ wood horse barn in Raleigh, NC has four custom European stall fronts, two custom breezeway doors, and rubber paver flooring.  The timeless look of a post and beam structure complements the owner’s already amazing home and property. The custom wood interior and unique trim design sets this luxurious stable apart from the rest.

5. Apartment Barn, Burlington NC, DC Builders (yes, a two-fer)

It’s not often a design-builder gets a double mention, but this is stunning for both North Carolina horse and owner. With 1,100 sq. ft. of living space, six horse stalls and lots of custom finishes, this fully custom monitor barn with living quarters is destined to be one of our favorites.

6.  Equestrian Estate, Rutherfordton, NC, Pursley Dixon Architects (trust us, click the second little box)


RutherfordtonEquestrianEstate6BRight off their website we read, “Rugged in material but fine in form, this elegant country home captures the gentile character of the owners and reflects their equestrian pursuits.
Located in the foothills of North Carolina’s mountains, the residence presents pristine views of the rolling pastures and green fields.”

I sure couldn’t say it any better.  That’s pretty much word candy, so go read it for yourself.  Now if we could just get an invitation to visit…

7. Residence and Four-Stall Barn, Southern Pines, NC – Stagaard & Chao

Sipping coffee with your sweetie on the back patio overlooking your horses is not a bad way to wake up, for sure. This is a gorgeous 3300 square foot residence with attached garage, caretaker’s living quarters, and four stall horse barn in Southern Pines, NC.

8.  Private Residence and 10 stall barn by Harrison Banks with Machado/Blake Design, Pine Meadow, NC

Stunning home again because of how the home is sited on a 15-acre property outside Charlotte.  If I dug around for it a little more I could probably post a Google Earth shot of it for you to get a better perspective.  I love the idea of living with your horses instead of just living near them!

9. Senator Bob Martin Eastern Agricultural Center, Williamston NC – Architect Kurmaskie Associates, Inc.

SenBobMartinWilliamstonNCHorseFacility9B SenBobMartinWilliamstonNCHorseFacility9AI couldn’t consider myself an Eastern North Carolinian if I did not mention this superb facility. With 456 permanently stalls in six barns, this place is fleshing out its master plan as a hub of Equine and Agricultural activity in Eastern NC.  Beautiful, functional and a great place for horse shows, this makes my list any day.

10. Finally, An Honorable Mention: Ketchen Place Farm in Rock Hill South Carolina, Blackburn Architects

KetchenSCHorseFarm10AThis is only an honorable mention because it’s not officially inside our beautiful KetchenSCHorseFarm10BNorth Carolina borders, but any place that houses the stadium of the Carolina Panthers is on my “nice” list! (#KeepPounding) 

Blackburn was tasked with a redesign and improvement of roads, fencing, paddocks, a run-in shed, and a well-defined entrance to the facility.They also built a shed-row style barn, which includes a studio apartment above for the observation of foals, wraps around three sides of a courtyard that doubles as a small sand training paddock.

There really are too many beautiful horse farms designed and built by numerous architects and contractors for me to name.  North Carolina is a wonderful supportive state for the equestrian industry.  It’s a worthy pastime to look for beautiful examples of North Carolina horse facilities and get ideas of your own.  When it’s time for you to build your own space on your own land, we can help.  Legacy Farms and Ranches of NC will find your perfect property for you!   Find your own horse farms for sale here.

Pleasant Garden, NC Horse Farm on 15 acres

[SOLD] This amazing custom log home and turn key horse farm in Pleasant Garden, North Carolina is ready for horse lovers!

Enjoy life here in North Carolina in this custom log home with over 6000 square feet! The grounds are beautifully landscaped and fenced and ready for horses or other animals. Call us for details and read on about the custom home, barn and horse facilities and photos!

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Custom Log home: features include 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, hardwood floors, porches, back deck, hot tub, pool, stone & beam accents, 3 floors plus finished basement, offices, extra large kitchen, master suite with luxurious master bath with 6ft over-sized Whirlpool Tub and steam shower and more. In-law suite or apartment space, basement game room with log burning fireplace,  pool table, ping pong table, dart area and bar!!!
BARN: Dutch Barn featuring 4 stalls with heavy duty mats and each has a separate enclosed paddock area. SIZES OF STALLS: BRAND NEW 12X16 STALL – never used (has hay in it), 2 – 12×12, 1 – 12×10 UPSTAIRS HAY ROOM or storage room with pull down stairs – (can hold up to 400 bails of hay), Tack Room: with mini refrigerator, Hot water heater, Large Wash Area, 4 Water Bibs in 4 fenced area (1 is not connected, can be easily), 60 Foot Round Ring, Riding Ring is 75’x120′ COVERED HAY ROOM , 20′ X 26′ – Can hold up to 450-500 bails of hay or can also fit Round Bails, SHAVINGS ROOM – 9′ X 26′, EQUIPMENT ROOM – 9′ X 26′, WORKROOM  26′ X 30′  and RIDING TRAILS!

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Horse Farms and Ranches in the Piedmont

Sunrise Ridge Horse Farm Gentle hills dotted with clusters of densely packed trees roll down to a wide pasture. The grass is richly verdant and dotted with golden dandelions. Surrounding this is a 3-rail fence of indeterminate age faded to a stunning silvery-grey.

The grass is lush, the shades of foliage intensely green, throwing deep, cool pockets of shadow. The sun is warm, and two bay mares browse the tall grass along the fenceline followed by a strawberry roan foal.

You might think you are in horse country, and you are. However, this isn’t the Bluegrass State. It is North Carolina, specifically the Piedmont – a fertile, hilly plateau running between the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west and the Coastal Plain. One hundred miles to the east, the Atlantic Ocean carves deep divots in the shore.

In addition to horses, horse barns, pole barns, sheds, dressage arenas (or riding rings), classic Victorian homes, and wineries, expect to see abundant wildlife. This includes bald eagles, swallowtail butterflies, azaleas and rhododendrons, the endangered smooth coneflower (Echinacea laevigata), and that rarest creature of all – the historic but now defunct Piedmont Wagon Company. Located in Catawba County, this is a part of the Piedmont’s equine history that cannot be ignored, even if it is obsolete.

Even the names ring of history: Fox Hollow Farm; Pleasant Garden; Shooting Star; the Landon Farm. Those looking for horse farm and ranch land could do no better thanBlack Horse Run Farm the Greensboro-Triad area. This, bounded by Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point, is distinct from the Research Triangle, or simply “the Triangle” – an area that takes its name from Research Triangle Park.

This latter, a “high-tech” haven located in or near North Carolina State University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a focal point of a younger, highly educated demographic with considerable disposable income. Both areas, and the entire Piedmont at large, offer numerous opportunities to buy existing horse farms/ranches, or to buy large tracts of land in a prime location and start such a venture.

Fortunately, there is more to equine culture than raising, showing, or selling horses – all of which represent seriously hard work. For those who love horses but have a day job, there are guest ranches. A classic example in Dobson offers Hunter and Jumper lessons, boarding, training, trail rides and even horse sales. Less structured, more casual opportunities to simply go horseback riding and enjoy the beautiful countryside also exist, and landowners with a career often choose to operate one of these tourist enterprises – with the help of trained staff, of course.

It isn’t mandatory that your future horse ranch/riding stable/guest ranch follow a format, however. Combine several genres. Raise (and sell?) your own Buckskins and Appaloosas, or Chestnuts, Bays and Palominos. Build a riding ring and a riding trail, curving down among clusters of trees to a stream or small pond. Add log cabins for a rustic touch, and offer them as rentals. Plant dogwood and redbuds around the front and rear.

Pleasant Garden Farm Hang horseshoes over the door? Absolutely. But don’t get too extravagant. You will find, as you go along, that raising horses or even offering them as vehicles to novice riders is harder work than you might expect. Even with help, there is always one last thing to do. Horses need regular exercise, clean stalls, and fresh oats and water daily. Barns, fences, and outbuildings require almost constant repair. There is nothing gentlemanly about sweat, but it mixes nicely with the smell of horseflesh and new hay.

Horses themselves are a big investment, not only of time and effort, but also of patience. In fact, one horse-farm owner compared his job to running a boarding school.

“There is the constant fear of a crippling accident coupled with the sometimes inexplicable likes and dislikes of horses. This can make caring for them like calming overactive, over-imaginative children!”

Yes, horses can be just that temperamental, and if you don’t have solid coping skills you might want to consider raising Golden Retrievers instead. Horse barns in NC

In addition to a non-gentlemanly addiction to hard work, and a considerable bankroll, you should also practice your diplomatic skills. You will need to hire workers at affordable rates. This means that they will not always be knowledgeable – not only about horses, but about ordinary skills, so you will have to double as a carpenter, union negotiator, farmer, and veterinarian.

Don’t let any of that dissuade you. There is nothing like waking to the sight of a summer meadow filled with peacefully grazing horses. In fact, it is so Zen you may want to go right back to bed.

But don’t. Work awaits.