Horse property is a basic term for land appropriate generally for horses (slope, soil, grass) but may be also appropriate to many other types of animals, such as, cattle, sheep, llamas, or even a vineyard or crops. Sometimes it is property that could just as easily be farmed; nonetheless, horse real estate with too much brush and a extreme slope is better termed "goat property," and suitable for neither horses nor farming.
People who breed and bring up horses sometimes call these horse properties "horse homes" or "horse housing."
For common purposes, however, properties under 20 acres are usually referred to as Horse Properties or Equestrian Estates. These two different categories are distinguished only by price. Properties with at least 20 acres and up are in most cases referred to as Horse Ranches.
When looking around for horse properties for sale or horse homes for sale, it is usually assumed that is property between 2 and 50 acres and zoned for horses
A lot of Horse real estates are often anywhere between 10-25 acres. Having said that, in a few residential areas, one acre or less is good enough if the land is surrounded by city services and all useable and flat. Two horses per acre, however, is a effective rule of thumb, unless the town services provides a method to get rid of manure weekly and zoning and city water and sewer make it possible for more horses.
To be classified as any kind of horse property
it must also have plenty of water and enough level space for a barn or protective covering as well as paddocks and, with a little luck, some small pasture, and a place to thoroughly clean and tack up your horse. Preferably, a place to park your horse trailer. Even more important, desirable horse property is more often than not close to community or public horse trails or arenas, and training facilities. Last, but not least, a feed and tack shop should be located nearby, and ideally a few horsy neighbours for company and/or information and needed support or help in emergencies.
Be careful when a horse property is advertised as a "view property" because a view property often has sharp banks or rocky soil because it sits nearby or on top of a hill, unless that hill has a number of gentle acres surrounding it for pasture.
Then you have the best of both worlds. Horse property is ideally grass-covered, rolling or level land for the most part, with good draining soil. Horses benefit from residing on rolling or sloped land as they need exercise, but it should not be more than a 15% incline. Ideally, most horse folks are looking for 3-5 acres when searching for a horse property.
However, extra land is always helpful for pasturing, breeding, informal riding, lay-up, access to trails, roping, or even team penning. People without horses occasionally shop for horse property just because they know it is mostly useable property, convenient to build on, and of higher value.