(FUN!) What's Your Dream Farm and/or House?

I just saw it in a movie. It was awesome. It was half modern Log Cabin, Half barn with a couple of stalls. There was a door in the house that opened up into the barn part, and upstairs, there was another door that opened into the hay loft. It was amazing, I want it. Just think. You are sitting at home one evening, and you have a sudden itch to visit your horse, and he's only a few steps away. XD Right now, I am doing pretty good. 25 acres in Central Kentucky, with a barn large enough to build about six stalls. Plans to do so, and four horses to fill some of them. The house itself is a modified 150 year old log cabin. Actually, the 150 year old part is well build, but the add on is crap. My dad just filled a bunch of big drafty spots, after one morning the dog water was frozen. :| I would like to upgrade to about forty acres someday. I want a covered round pen, and indoor arena. And one of those spiffy ponds with a fountain that some of the big TB farms around here have. Plus, a nice large barn with prebuilt stalls, and nice uniform white fences. Not old fencing that I need to replace that my horses knock down at will. :| As for the house... Meh, as long as it's warm, and has room for my dogs I could not care less. XD I would actually take an apartment that's ontop of one of the barns. Or like the one I saw in the movie, and I would use the stalls in the barn half for pregnant mares.

1. i moved into a farm house and the people that used to live here left their horses with no food or water. help?

Give them water and get some hay for them. You can probably get some hay from a local farmer, do not be afraid to just stop at a farm and talk to them, explain your situation. Most farmers are great people and will be willing to help. Then you should call a Vet, if the horses have been uncared for for nearly that long they need to be checked over as soon as possible. If you are going to keep the animals (if you are even allowed to) The Vet can fill you in on what their specific needs will be. Horses are a lot of work, so be prepared for it if you are going to keep them.

2. Our 115 yr old farm house floor is bowing, what do I do ?

is it possiable to install a false floor ? find the highest part and cut shims to level the floor out

3. Is this appropriate for a rental house contract.? It is an old farm house and they will pay all utilities?

Yes. You might also want to put a pest control clause in there, whether you will pay or tenant will pay for all pest control.

4. would you take the leap to owning your own farm/house at 20?

There are certainly pros and cons. I would do it but I am a farm girl and know how to handle things. Often times these older farmsteads need a lot of maintenance. You will have to consider a large yard to keep mowed. If it snows there, snow removal will also become an issue. Where I live, 4 wheel drive is essential in the winter to just get out of our yard sometimes, if we did not have a tractor. Of course, you are renting so your landlord would be responsible for some maintenance but even so general knowledge will pull you through a lot. No landlord wants to run over for every little minor issue. With that said I would do it and I have. I rented a little place outside of town when I was 20. Things you can do once you have a place in the country certainly saves you money but in return it consumes your time. I exchanged some farm work with the neighbor down the road and had him bale our ditches. (with landlords permission of course) This cut my hay cost WAY down. You must also consider utility bills on a farm are far more expensive than your bills in town. I went from paying $60 electric bill in town to $200 on the farm. I would say, if you are capable, give it a try. Best of luck!

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