Right now, many riders are separated from their boarded horses. With everyone being advised to stay at home, it’s a good time to think about what you’d need to make your home your horses’, too. Not long ago, we looked at what people search for in an equestrian property. If you haven’t already, pop over to that post for a quick read-through; but, here’s a refresher on the essentials that people want for their horses:
- Turnout, pasture, or grazing with reliable fencing and shade/shelter
- Good footing
- Big, open, airy stalls with ins and outs
- Radiant heat in grooming/wash stall with hot/cold water
- Heated tack room
- Trail access
60 Washington Street | Sherborn, MA
We highlighted Bridle Brook Farm previously, with its 10 acres of gracious country living close to Boston and Providence. It had all the amenities (from the six stalls to the outdoor ring) to make you and your horse happy. Here, we’ll explore some other homes that match the criteria.
Buttrick Farm | Concord, MA
To start, here’s another property in Boston’s western suburbs. Buttrick Farm is a historic property on Concord’s Monument Street that offers over 10 acres of broad fields, paddocks, and picturesque post-and-rail fences. In addition to the restored Georgian farmhouse and guest cottage, the property also has a barn with eight stalls, a wash stall, bath/laundry room, grain room, and tack room.
Birch Tree Farm | Woodstock, VT
If you’re looking for a home with a lot of your own land to explore, Birch Tree Farm in Woodstock, VT may be the right fit. This family recreational retreat has over 460 acres with miles of carriage trails, which connect to the Green Mountain Horse Association trail network. There is an exceptional 3-level bank barn with 7 box stalls, heated tack room, wash stall and a viewing room on the top floor, which can also accommodate an overflow of guests. There are lots of options for turn-out with 9 fenced pastures.
Blue Sky Farm | Essex MA
Boston’s North Shore is also home to several available equestrian listings. First is Blue Sky Farm on the Essex River in Essex. The timber-framed barn has two full-sized stalls your horses can call home and over 17 acres to explore. Plus, the barn has a finished and heated tack room, a heated bathroom, and plenty of storage space.
10 Miles River Rd | Hamilton, MA
Next on the North Shore is 10 Miles River Road in Hamilton. This 6-acre farm abuts the trail system you can explore. The property has two barns with 8 stalls, all with walk-outs and ample grass paddocks, as well as an oversized sand/fiber arena.
Hoof-N-Woof Farm | Boxford, MA
Finally, in Boxford, is Hoof-N-Woof Farm, a 13-acre picturesque farm with a perfect balance between family life and equine facilities. There’s a workshop, two attached barns with 7 stalls, 180 x 100 riding ring with GGT-Footing and a full drainage system, and 8 paddocks and run-outs.
Fleetwood Farm | Tamworth, NH
Fleetwood Farm in Tamworth, NH sits on over 100 pastoral acres with a recently renovated Colonial and 11-stall barn with tack room, both dating back to the 1790s. You’ll get plenty of space to roam and fenced pastures for any number of animals to call this property home.
Sleepy Hollow Farm | Jefferson, ME
About 35 minutes outside of Camden, ME, Sleepy Hollow Farm covers 530 acres of rolling hills and open meadows with recreational trails, woods, ponds, and gardens to explore. The main house has been impeccably updated and the two-story heated post-and-beam barn, built by Rockport Post & Beam, has excellent stables and a workshop.
Maple Leaf Farm | Lyme, NH
Let yourself and your horses enjoy the sweet life on a New Hampshire hillside. There are endless ways to enjoy the great outdoors at Maple Leaf Farm, in Lyme, NH near Hanover, but doing it on horseback is certainly a contender for the best way to take in this 86-acre property.
Twin View Farm | Addison, VT
Enjoy the views of the Adirondacks to the west and the Green Mountains to the east from the 275-acre Twin View Farm in Addison, VT, near Middlebury College. Along with the 900-foot airstrip and hangar, the property is also equipped for equestrian pursuits, including a 2-stall barn with power and water and 2 fenced pastures. There is also a chicken coop next to the stables.
Tunbridge Hilltop Farm | Tunbridge, VT
Tunbridge Hilltop Farm in Tunbridge, VT, on 135 acres, has miles of groomed carriage-width trails. After a day of hacking the Vermont countryside and enjoying the big views, come home to a 6-stall barn with a tack room, feed room and 3 fenced pastures. Once you have settled in your furry friends, you have options: take a swim in the half-acre spring-fed pond, or heat up the tea kettle on the Aga, before cozying up to a roaring fire in the great room.