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A Canter around Purchasing an Equestrian Property

IMAGE: Horse being stroked by child with Dad

IMAGE: Horse being stroked by child with DadIf you’re considering purchasing an equestrian property, you’ll be in good company. It is estimated that there are about 200,000 equestrian properties in the UK, serving over a million horses. Whether you’re purchasing a property to accommodate the family pony, or opening up a riding school, there are 3 main factors to consider which are specific to equestrian properties.

1. Space
A purchaser needs to be realistic about their own requirements. If a property is too small to support the maintenance and stabling of your horses, it will become apparent all too quickly and you may end up having to move again far more quickly than you originally planned.

The absolute minimum necessary facilities for a livery yard should include:

  • safe stabling (a minimum of 12ft x 12ft per box for horses);
  • plenty of space;
  • turnout and/or a covered horse-walker; and
  • a manege of at least 20m x 40m. 

2. Quality of Land and Drainage
Horses require specific land on which to graze, with a variety of grasses. An ideal horse paddock should contain five to ten species of grass and as many as thirty species of herbs.

It is also vital that the grazing land has adequate drainage, as this helps to reduce instances of mud fever, laminitis and other diseases affecting the hoof.

3. Planning
In many cases planning permission will be required for those looking to build stables or a manege. A horse shelter is likely to require planning permission if:

  • It requires dismantling or special lifting equipment to move it as one unit.
  • It is ‘essential’ to the welfare of the horses (as this indicates permanence).
  • Although not fixed to the ground by any mechanical means, its weight provides sufficient affixation.

By Lucy Harrison, Commercial Property Solicitor – contact Lucy on 01223 41726

Disclaimer: While we do all that is possible in terms of ensuring its accuracy, this blog contains general information only. Nothing in these pages constitutes legal advice. You need to consult a suitably qualified lawyer from the firm on any specific legal problem or matter.

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