One of our goals when we moved to Colorado was to finally own horses of our own. We had 2 -3 horses most of the time - and they enjoyed the land. Unfortunately we were so busy with the B&B, we didn't save enough time to do as much riding as we had hoped to do!
We added a Loafing Shed (above) and corrals near the house for convenience, with easy access to the riding arena and the barn.
The almost 30 acres of the lodge property is fenced and cross fenced, making it suitable for a family with horses. There's a small paddock at the barn with a walk-through stall for 1-3 horses. Another stall could be added. A frost free water source makes it simple to fill a water tank.
Open the gate and the horses have access to the hillside of pinion/juniper. Open the gate at the top/west corner of the tree area and the horses come to the larger paddock and the pipe panel fenced corrals with loafing shed. The corral footing is arena sand and the corrals are about 50ft across. There is also approximately 5 acres with piped irrigation water available.
Or open the gate at the bottom of the trees and turn the horses loose on the grass down by the highway. This is actually 2 pastures and about 10 acres that historically has been irrigated for grass hay production.
We convinced our horses to come to the barn when they heard us ring a triangle chime - and that saved a lot of hiking up and down the hill!
Want a house? Large family need room? Maybe multi-generational? Want a business or a little extra income? Have or want horses? Love landscaping, outside partying and views? We're your choice! We can answer all of those desires - let's see how.
Water is a valuable resource in the west. Houses here have (1) city water, (2) well or (3) cistern (you haul). It gets dicey watering landscaping with those sources.
In addition to piped city water, we have irrigation totaling about 20 acre feet per year!