Statistics and Tips on How to Find the Perfect Horse Property on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau
In 2021, Caliber has more clients than ever before who want to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of city life! After the massive curveball hurled at all of us in 2020, many are focused on creating a more balanced and fulfilling life by turning dreams of owning a mountain home into reality – horse lovers included. People choose the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau for reasons like the moderate climate and weather in Cashiers & Highlands, access to leisure and luxury amenities, and the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Our clients are all in search of the same thing – to live a better life while helping enrich the lives of their children and loved ones.
These trends coming to the forefront for 2021 could be why humans naturally identify with horses. This may come as no surprise, but horses promote metal health awareness while bringing us closer to nature. Horses know how to connect with people and make the best therapists. They also provide us a sense of freedom and the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors on a grand scale. This must be why an estimated 7 million people ride horses each year!
Horses bring with them countless opportunities for fun and enrichment, especially for children. In our fast-paced world, detoxing from technology, gaming, tablets and phones is hard enough as an adult, and even harder for a child. Uninterrupted time outside jumpstarts the brain and the senses. Learning to ride and care for a creature as large and impressive as a horse provides even more benefits to children.
Top 4 reasons for children to experience horses:
They make excellent teachers. Horses teach responsibility, dedication, and the satisfaction of a job well done.
Horses promote emotional development. They read human emotion and can mirror yours in return. This teaches how to read the horse’s emotion which fosters insight and intuition.
They are the best confidence boosters! Knowing how to ride and control a 1,000 pound animal builds a child’s confidence and self-esteem.
Horses require you to trust them while you earn their trust in return. Once a horse’s trust is earned, the reward is their unconditional love and affection.
How does that relate to horse property in Cashiers, NC?
Since most of our clients are year-round residents of the southeastern United States, this is where our equestrian real estate clients are from too. The horse population in the US counts over 9 million horses, almost 7 million of which are for recreation or show. Three southern states rank in the top 10 for total number of horses:
#1 – Texas
#3 – Florida
#8 – North Carolina
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Top 3 reasons to buy a horse property in Cashiers, NC
Buyers choose horse properties in the Cashiers, NC mountains for several reasons. Here are the top 3 reasons people choose to buy horse property on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau:
Climate: The weather in Cashiers is far better for horses. Any horse with heaves or other respiratory issues truly benefits from moderate temperature during the summer. Our climate also allows you to ride throughout the day, versus trying to get your ride in before 7 A.M. to beat the heat!
Horseback riding on the Plateau is the closest commune with nature ever imaginable. Our area of the Blue Ridge Mountains is ideal for trail riding most of the year. Two great spots for horseback riding in the Cashiers area are the Pantertown Valley trails and the Shortoff Mountain-Cold Springs Trail.
Cashiers and Highlands have a growing equestrian community. This tight-knit, diverse group of horse owners are welcoming, encouraging, and provide a wealth of support.
How to find the perfect horse property for sale in Cashiers, NC
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Location: We all know location is everything. The best way to learn the lay of the land is to explore different areas outside of Cashiers and Highlands. Surrounding areas with favorable land suitable for horses may also be found in Glenville and Sapphire. Several neighborhoods on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau are known for being equestrian communities or developments that allow horses. Or if an equestrian estate property is more your style, there are other opportunities available. Here are a few equestrian-friendly communities:
Know the rules and regulations: Every community has a different set of restrictions. It is important to review these restrictions before submitting an offer or during your due diligence period to be certain you can do what you need to with the property.
Enlist the help of a real estate broker: Horse property in Cashiers, NC is not easy to find. Most of the homes and land for sale in the North Carolina mountains suitable for horses are also suitable for subdividing and developing. This creates a problem for horse property buyers because many available equestrian properties are bought up by speculators and developers with no desire to protect the land for horses. Working with a broker will bring insight to different opportunities and help you get the right property for you and your horses.
If you’re searching for a luxury mountain property for you and your horses to enjoy during the summer, or all year long, we are here to help. Contact Caliber to learn more about horse properties on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau!