Horse Property

Written by Sarah Provost
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My sister-in-law has a t-shirt that reads, "Life without horses? I don't think so!" If that expresses your feelings too, consider some of the fine equestrian properties for sale along the Central California coast. You may be surprised to find that you and your horses can live luxuriously at a very reasonable price.

What Makes a Good Horse Property?

First, of course, you need a lot of room--room to let the horses run, room for their barn, and your home. Rolling hills are perfect, both to give the horses exercise and for the aesthetics. Much of the property should be given over to pasture land, with suitable graze such as clover. A spring or other source of water is good, but most of the land should be dry. Finally, there should be cover, some copses of trees where horses can shelter from rain or get out of the hot sun.

San Luis Obispo County offers many suitable properties for horse owners. The landscape is gentle and the climate mild. Rich alluvial soil makes for rich grazing. And even though the area is developing rapidly, there is still enough open land to make such a purchase financially possible.

Of course, making the horses happy is only half of the equation. Their owners have to be happy there, too. SLO County is a marvelous place to raise a family, or to settle in for a comfortable retirement. Though California's two major cities are less than four hours away in either direction, the pace of life here is slower, and old-fashioned values still hold sway. All in all, it is a kind of Eden for equines and their equestrians alike.

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