A Buyers Guide on Horse and Rural Properties in La Plata County

“A Buyers Guide on Horse and Rural Properties in La Plata County” is an in-depth introduction to owning horse property in the Durango Colorado area. this information is available to you for free. Fill out the form below and my servers will automatically send this helpful information. Below is the information that you can expect to find…

Ten Elements to Consider About Horse Property in La Plata County

1.         Geography is destiny…Each type of terrain offers different advantages for the horse person.

2.         Define your space and location desires by keeping in mind that…

  • Property size will be determined by terrain type, herd size and management practices.
  • Privacy is a desirable factor but should be balanced with ease of access to the property.
  • Public lands adjacency offers benefits, but comes with some cautions.

3.         Understand the legal aspects of rural property ownership…

  • Changing land use codes may affect how you can use a certain parcel of land.
  • Obtain surveys before purchasing a property. Fences don’t determine boundaries.
  • Mineral extraction and irrigation water are a matter of rights—which may or may not accompany the deed to the property.
  • Domestic wells require a permit and perhaps an augmentation agreement. Septic systems also require a permit and possibly some engineering.
  • Negotiate grazing “rights” (lease agreement) with agency overseeing public land.
  • Easements of various types may affect your plans for the property.
  • The deed may include covenants, homeowners association and/or metro district.

4.         Learn about the wildlife in your neighborhood…keep encounters delightful—and safe.

5.         Protect the resources on the property…Integrated land management practices can protect and enhance your property’s natural resources.

  • Geologic elements will affect your property use and management.
  • Good soil is the foundation of healthy pasture and good arena design.
  • Archeological sites may be on the property.
  • Watershed protection is good neighborliness.
  • Wildfire mitigation techniques vary by terrain and vegetation types.

6.         Specifically for horse property owners…

  • Sunshine: Use the southwest sun to your advantage.
  • Pasture health: learn to recognize the plant types on your property.
  • Insects and manure management are natural parts of rural equestrian life.   

7.         Seasons of the horse…Every beautiful season comes with its own care considerations.

8.         Understand Colorado equine laws and local veterinary protocols…The CO Department of Agriculture and your local veterinarian will have information on everything from brand inspections to vaccination schedules.     

9.         Make the most of your equestrian lifestyle…participate in local horse groups.

10.       Guarantee a warm welcome…by respecting time-honored local practices.

Additional Resources are readily available!
Download the helpful booklet, “A Buyers Guide on Horse and Rural Properties in La Plata County,” available in PDF format (or call me to receive a paper edition). It contains more detailed discussion of the ten elements mentioned here, as well as extensive resources and references to ensure that your transition to horse property ownership is pleasant and productive.

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