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The Ranch at Possum Kingdom

For better or worse, current boarding barn arrangements are often front-and-center on the list of concerns brought to me by virgin horse property buyers. Moving to horse property represents freedom — freedom to feed your horses whatever you’d like, turn them out whenever you’d like, provide as many shavings in their stalls as you want, feed any supplement you want … The list goes on.

Owning horse property is the ultimate freedom to care for your horse(s) at the level of care that you feel is correct. However, for many, the undesirable trade-off is the loss of the boarding barn luxuries they’ve become accustomed to: Being able to leave for vacation on a whim (or, let’s be real, go on vacation at all), not having to clean stalls, feed twice a day, or maintain the fences. Not to mention perks like access to indoor arenas and riding instructors.

Although many clients cite “barn drama” as one of the top reasons they want to buy their own property, I often hear “But I’m afraid I’ll be lonely,” and “I’d miss having people to ride with.” All of which is very valid.

This leaves a lot of potential buyers torn. They have the dream of the horse in the backyard, but it seems so out of reach. Buying horse property would be an enormous life change for them, but with rising boarding costs, often boarding multiple horses becomes impossible to continue. Solution? Equestrian Subdivisions.

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Front Door

Secluded, quiet, and peaceful, this darling ranch on 26 acres in Parker County is just what the doctor ordered for a weekend getaway from Dallas. Looking more like a Hill Country castle than a West DFW ranch, the stone encased custom home features raw repurposed wood, wraparound porches, a wide open modern floorplan, and plenty of family friendly updates.

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White Fence

Front of House

Well, looky here! Surely this charmer is someone’s dreamhome. Located within the magical one hour bubble from D/FW in Italy (pronounced It-LEE, if you’re a local), this stunning estate on 33 white-fenced acres is sure to please.

If you haven’t visited yet, Italy is a lovely community with many ridiculously awesome horse farms and ranches, giving the impression you are in the outskirts of Louisville, Kentucky, rather than 50 minutes from downtown Dallas. Italy is the perfect landing point for a family that wants to be in the country, but yet still within commuting distance for work and entertainment.

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“Trophy Ranch” has become a trademark expression in Texas. Today, we bring you a property that defines it. Meet Lone Star Ranch, a premier East Texas Equestrian and Cattle Ranch on the north shore of Lake Bob Sandlin, just 90 minutes east of Downtown Dallas. The 8,250 square foot Hill Country style main house overlooks a negative edge, salt water pool, and wide-open spaces that go on for miles.

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Kathryn Roan 1Let’s give a warm welcome to Kathryn Roan, and Ebby Halliday Realtor with Texas Equestrian Properties. Roan, who was born in Midland, raised in Dallas, and has a background in oil and gas, is a horse-lover who lives in Poetry, TX.

Find out more about this lovely gal on CandysDirt.com, and stay tuned right here on SecondShelters.com for farm and ranch news, as well as a regular “Ranch of the Week” feature from Kathryn!