Acreage Living

Top 7 Tips for Buying an Equestrian Property

For many, the desire to move to an acreage in the country is fuelled by more than just a love of quiet, open spaces. It’s also often motivated by the desire to have our horses closer to home.

Whether for a hobby or for a business, buying an equestrian property is a big decision. Even for those with years of experience with horses, there are still many things that need to be evaluated and considered before say yes to the perfect horse-friendly acreage.

As a lifelong lover of equine, as well as one of British Columbia’s top real estate agents specializing in acreages, I have put together some of my top tips for those looking to evaluate a horse-friendly plot of land. 

Ready to saddle up? Here’s are my top 7 tips for buying an equestrian property.

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How to Winterize Your Equestrian Property

Though winter brings the holiday season, hockey, and lots of other joys, it also brings harsh conditions to your acreage. And if you do not properly prepare your property, come spring you may have all sorts of issues to deal with. 

After many years of country living I’ve developed a foolproof checklist for winterizing acreages. Ready to get start prepping your property for this winter? Check out the steps you need to take…

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What You Need to Know About Watercourses

I believe most anyone would agree that one of the main reasons British Columbia is such a wonderful place to call home is its vast collection of natural beauty. From the lowland forests to the highest hills and mountains, the entire province is a seemingly endless collection of natural wonders just waiting to be explored.

This of course includes all the wonderful bodies of water that dot the landscape. Our pristine streams, lakes, and rivers only add to the amazing beauty that surrounds us. But it’s important to remember that these bodies of water are not just there to look at. Many also perform incredibly important functions in our ecosystem, serving as a home to various plants and animals, and well as acting as a watershed.
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What You Need to Know About Heritage Livestock

Acreage living has incredible benefits. Privacy. Space. Fresh air. And of course, plenty of room for all sorts of animals.

But not all farm animals are created equal. In fact, much of the livestock you will find today on commercial farms has actually been finely tuned over many generations to be of a specific genetic makeup. Often, these adaptations were encouraged by farmers to maximize their yield, be it eggs, meat, dairy, or offspring.
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Top 10 Trail Rides in the Fraser Valley

The Fraser Valley is one of the most beautiful places in the entire country. I know, I know – you may think this is a bit biased coming from someone who has called this place home for so many years. But having traveled far and wide, I can tell you without a doubt that the scenery across the valley is second to none.

Thankfully, you don’t just have to read about Fraser Valley’s beauty – it’s easy to get out there and see if for yourself! One of the best ways to explore this great area of the country is by horse.

If you’re looking for some quality time with two and four-legged friends and family, and want to explore Fraser Valley for yourself, we’ve got just the list for you. Below we’ve outlined our Top 10 Favourite Trail Rides in Fraser Valley. So pick a route and get riding!

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Manure Composting 101: Put that Horse to Work for You!

Anyone living on an acreage with horses knows just how much joy these creatures can bring. They make wonderful friends, are beautiful to look at, and are a great way to get around your property.

Those with horses also know that there is another – much less glamorous – “benefit” of owning these majestic animals…their waste. That’s right, today we’re going to talk about horse manure!

The average horse produces over eight tons of waste a year. Eight tons! But thankfully, horse manure is one of the easiest, most eco-friendly ways to turn your four-legged friends into gardening superheroes. And since you’re going to be cleaning their stalls anyways, why not put that waste to use, and create nutrient-rich manure in the process?

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13 Things Real Estate Experts Look for When Touring Homes & Properties

Touring homes and properties can be incredibly fun and exciting. I mean, who wouldn’t want to mentally furnish and design a new space? This is especially true when touring larger properties and acreages, as there is just so much to look at!

But, as much fun as you have with your daydream designing on property tours, it’s important to remember that there is a lot going on behind the scenes that you need to pay attention to. With the modern real estate market, homes and properties are often gone in the blink of an eye. Meaning that you may only get once chance to tour your potential dream home. That being the case, you should approach every home tour with a dedicated plan of attack, ensuring you not only evaluate the livability of your home, but any major challenges or issues as well.

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Basic First Aid Tips, for the Furry (and Feathered) Friends on Your Farm

Country living has many benefits. Peace and quiet, room to roam, and plenty of space for your furry animal friends and livestock among them. But with these benefits comes added responsibility. Living in a rural area means that access to many services city and suburban dwellers take for granted are actually a whole lot more difficult – or at the very least, further away. Meaning that you need to be prepared to take matters into your own hands.

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Preparing for a Power Outage on Your Acreage

Like anyone already living the country life knows, owning acreage property means that from time to time, you’re going to have to be self-reliant. This is especially true as spring storms start to roll through, and the chances of power outages increase. While having no power is an inconvenience for any homeowner, if you’re living outside the main city centre, it can make life incredibly difficult.

Thankfully, with a little prep work, you and your family can be ready to take on any power outage. Here’s a look at our proven list of steps for ensuring you’re prepared the next time things go dark.

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How to Build and Maintain a Well on Your Langley Acreage

We’re very fortunate to live in a place and time that allows us to think so little about water. For nearly all of time, mankind has had a driving daily need to think about where, when, and how they were going to get their drinking water. But today, it’s just a matter of turning on the tap!

However, depending on where you live, there might be quite a few things going on behind the scenes that allow for clean, fresh water to be brought through your pipes. This is especially true if you currently live on – or are considering living on – any sizeable acreage. That’s because nearly all homes in rural settings need to create a self- sustaining source of water on their own (i.e. they’re too far out to be hooked into the local city or town’s water supply).

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