How Many Horses Fit on Douglas County Equine Real Estate?

Douglas County Equine real estateHave you ever stopped to think about how Douglas County equine real estate is defined by the local government?  We specialize in horse properties and often assume that buyers are familiar with the legalities within their communities.  Today let’s explore the information published by Douglas County Colorado regarding zoning.  It is in Section 24: Animals.

Section 24 Animals goes over the rules for household pets, poultry, foul, small livestock, nondomestic and exotic animals, and our beloved horses and other hoofed livestock.  There’s quite a bit of information about boarded horses in Douglas County as well.

How Douglas County Defines Horse Properties

First of all, there are Zoning Districts in Douglas County.  Douglas County real estate is separated into 5 districts referred to as A-1, LRR, RR, ER, and SR.  Lot sizes or parcels must be of specific size within them.  Parcel sizes determine how many of each type of animal may be kept on the property.  For example, a family may keep 4 chickens on a property of less than 2.3 acres.

The parcel sizes are broken up as follows:

A.    Less than 2.3 acres (Parcels of this size may be found in any of the Zoning Districts.)
B.    2.3+ acres (ER and RR)
C.    2.3 – 8.9 acres (A-1 and LRR)
D.    9 + acres (A-1 and LRR)

Horses and other hoofed livestock come under the same provisions.  That is why llamas can be kept on Douglas County equine real estate.  In addition to horses and llamas, cattle, mules, sheep, goats, and swine are hoofed animals.  Interestingly, Douglas County considers horses, mules, cows, and llamas to equal 1 animal unit.  However, miniature horses, swine, sheep, goats, and alpaca each equal one quarter of an animal unit.  As far as space goes, four miniature horses equal one horse.  Animals under 6 months are not counted.

Douglas County does not allow horses on parcels of less than 2.3 acres (A).  For properties ranging from 2.3 – 4.9 acres in categories (B) and (C), there may be a maximum of 1 animal per half-acre with a maximum of 1 boarded horse.  If the properties are 4.5 – 8.9 acres, then two boarded horses are allowed.  The larger properties (D) that are less than 35 acres do not restrict the total number of horses with the exception of boarded horses.  Two are allowed.

The restrictions on boarded horses increase with the size of the acreage but there are no restrictions for horses and livestock owned by the landowner.  Four boarded horses are allowed on lots of 35-80 acres; 12 on lots of 80-160 acres provided the structures are set back from the property line 200 feet.  For parcels of 160 acres, the setback must be 500 feet from residential structures and the number of boarded horses is not limited.

If property owners keep non-owned horses on their land for training or breeding, these horses are called boarded horses.  At times, Douglas County’s special review process increase the numbers of boarded horses on a property.

Buying Colorado Horse Real Estate

For more information about horse properties in Douglas County along the Front Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, call Michael Paul at 303-814-9546.

Raising Llamas on Horse Properties in Douglas County Colorado

Horse Properties in Douglas County ColoradoHave you ever toyed with the idea of raising llamas?  Rural residential horse properties in Douglas County Colorado may also be used for other hooved animals such as llamas.  The joyous creatures exhibit pleasant personalities and are relatively easy to train and house.  Large rural residential (LRR), rural residential (RR), and estate residential properties of at least 2.3 acres are suitable to house llamas.  Douglas County requires of half acre per animal.  They are not permitted in suburban residential areas.

To experience llamas firsthand, check out the Fall Classic Llama Show on Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31, 2014.  The Llama Show is being held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 500 Fairgrounds Drive, Castle Rock, Colorado.  Halter and performance classes are being held in an indoor arena.

If you are shopping for horse properties in Douglas County, be sure the fencing is safe and secure.  Boards or high tensile wiring works just fine.  To stay cool, these amiable creatures need to be shorn every spring.  They require clean drinking water and good quality hay.  It is important to allow access to shelter during extreme weather.

The regal-looking llama fulfills several roles in central Colorado.  Llamas are useful packing animals, effective livestock guard animals; great companions, pets, and therapy animals; drive carts and love parades, produce excellent fibers, and show beautifully.

Pack Animals

Llamas can carry up to 20 percent of their body weight because they have padded feet these interesting animals are able to see 360 degrees around them.  As pack animals, they need properly fitted pack systems.

Guard Animals

Horse Properties in Douglas County ColoradoLlamas bond with sheep, cattle, and goats and will guard them against attacks by dogs and coyotes.  Only one llama at a time is recommended since they are friendly with one and other and get distracted.

Companions, Pets, and Therapy Animals

Gentle and inquisitive, the llama can be certified to enter healthcare facilities.  These beautiful animals exude a sense of well-being.  Llamas can be trained to perform, pack, guard, and relate to people.  Children and adults can lead a trained llama on walks.

Llama Fiber

The warm, hollow fiber of the llama is soft and non-allergenic.  The quality, texture, sickness, and length of the fibers very depending on the animal.  The yarn can be woven together with other fibers and used for home decor, clothing and accessories.

Buying Douglas County Horse Properties

For more information about possibilities for horse properties along the Front Range of the Rockies, call Michael Paul at 303-814-9546.

Equestrian Events: Denver Queen City Horse Show

Come on out to the National Western Events Center for the 46th Denver Queen City Horse Show.  Events will be held beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday July 17-19, 2014.  Exciting equestrian events held during the Show spark interest in Colorado horse properties for sale in the Denver area. Colorado Horse properties for sale

And it’s a great time to get to know the best of horse breeds.  The Denver Queen City Horse Show attracts several breeds.  Organizers expect 100-150 World Class American Saddlebred Horses, Arabians, Peruvians, Hackney Ponies, Morgans, and other breeds to participate in the many events.

Highlights of the Denver Queen City Horse Show

  • Show performances begin daily at 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Colorado Saddlebred State Championships
  • Colorado American Saddlebred Futurity
  • Centennial State Regional Championship Peruvian Horse Show
  • Grand Entry Presentation by Westernaires
  • UPHA Iron Will Championship Night and classes
  • ASB Five Gaited Amateur Championship

Background Information for Denver Queen City Horse Show

More than $5000 total prize money is awarded during the festivities.  The program benefits the American Cancer Society.  Denver Queen City Horse Show has been honored with positive feedback over the years.  Honors include UPHA Chapter 19 National Honor Show for 2010, 2012, and 2013 with positive feedback in 2011.  The 46th Annual Denver Queen City Horse Show is “A” rated by the United States Equestrian Federation.

Scholarships for Young Equestrians

At the Championship Night held during Denver Queen City Horse Show, a $500 scholarship will be awarded to a deserving young equestrian.  Jr. and Senior high school students are eligible for the Murr Family scholarship.  It is presented to an active junior member of CASHA who exhibits participation, dedication, and community service.


Take Interstate 25 to Exit 214 A (I-70E/US-85N/US-6).  Continue to Exit 275B (CO-265/Brighton Boulevard).  Turn left.  Turn left on East 47th Avenue.  The National Western Events Center is located at 1515 E. 47th Avenue, Denver, Colorado.

Ask about Denver Colorado Horse Properties for Sale

Colorado Horse ranch for saleFor more information about equestrian properties in Denver and along the Front Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, call Michael Paul at 303-814-9546.  Here are some Featured Listings:

  • Large ranch in Calhan, $11,500,000, 31245 Corona Rd
  • 40-acre equestrian dream near Parker, $1,650,000.00, 10615 N Tomahawk Rd
  • Secluded on plateau with grand mountain views outside Castle Rock, $975,000, 5400 Tall Horse Trail
  • Beautiful home on small acreage near Denver Tech Center, $599,000, 5739 N Lariat Dr
  • 35-acre Elizabeth CO horse property with views, $524,900, 3487 Willownook Ranch Trail
  • 7-acre turnkey property near Elizabeth, $485,000, 6597 Arrowhead Trail
  • 5-acre ranch in Gill, $338,000, 35556 County Road 57
  • Great location with views galore, $320,000, 5650 S Calhan Hwy
  • Land: 480 grassy acres in El Paso County, $300,000, Sengbell Rd
  • Land: Superior equestrian gated community, $260,000, 13 Big Sky Trail


Premier Sedalia CO Real Estate for Sale Zoned for Horses

South of Denver Tech Center, our Featured Listing is picturesque Sedalia CO real estate for sale.  This 35-acre property is located at 5400 Tall Horse Trail, Sedalia, Colorado, 80135 in Plum Creek Valley Estates.  It includes an architecturally designed guest home with plans for a future residence.  $975,000

Sedalia CO real estate for sale horse propertyAn equestrian dream!  This premier Sedalia horse property is set apart at the end of a gravel road.  It sits high on a plateau with panoramic views in every direction.  The rolling Front Range terrain consists of open Meadows, lush greenery, wooded areas, and cropland.  Zone for horses, the property features a full 15gpm + well and septic system ready for the new home.

The Western-style guest house features two bedrooms and 1160 square feet of beautifully crafted interior living space.  Featuring two bedrooms and two baths, it could be a vacation home or full-time residence.  The stone exterior, cedar wood work, and timber frame our view of the distinctive materials that give the property a cabin-like feel.  The home also features an unfinished area for plenty of storage.  In addition, the property features 1040 square feet of space in the barn and garage area.

Schools serving Sedalia CO Real Estate for Sale in Plum Creek Valley Estates

Sedalia CO real estate for saleThe highly regarded Douglas County School District serves families living in Plum Creek Valley Estates at Castle View Elementary School, Sedalia Jr. High School, and Castle Rock High School.  There are also private and parochial schools in the region.

About Sedalia Colorado

The historic town of Sedalia located off Colorado 67, the route to Pike National Forest.  It is also along US 85, the road to Castle Rock.  Over the past 20 years, the outlying areas of Sedalia has experienced the development of rural subdivisions with large home sites.  Yet the population remains under 300.  Residents of Sedalia access shopping and dining establishments in Castle Pines, Castle Rock, and the south suburbs of Denver.  Most of the residents in Sedalia live in outlying ranches and mountain estates.

premier Sedalia CO real estate for saleDowntown Sedalia is a stopping point for those who are taking the scenic byways in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  Visitors also pass through Sedalia en route to Cherokee Ranch, an art museum with Scottish-castle architecture set on a working ranch.

Buying Colorado Horse Properties

For more information about possibilities for horse properties and Sedalia CO real estate for sale along the Front Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, call Michael Paul at 303-814-9546.

Equestrians from horse properties in Denver kickoff the Rodeo All-Star Weekend on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.  Competitions include Bareback Riding, Barrel Racing, Bull Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, and Tie-Down Roping.  From Mutton Bustin’ to the Murdoch’s Fashion Show and Lunch with Champions, the exciting events include a little something for everyone.

The 2014 Rodeo Schedule is as follows:

Semi Final 1:  April 18, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Semi Final 2:  April 19, 2014, 2:30 p.m.
Finals:  April 19, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

This may be a bit late to get yourself a horse and practice up for the 2014 events.  But ask us about Denver horse properties, ranches and farms from Weld County to Jefferson County and Douglas County and will show you some gems.  Cowboys and cowgirls in the Denver area could show you the ropes before next year’s Rodeo All-Star events get started.

Let’s say you want to enter the Bareback Riding event.  Mostly theatrical, those bareback riders need to look like it’s all very easy to stay on their horses, while they use only one hand to keep from being thrown off.  The fast-paced Barrel Racing challenges horsemanship to the point that it has become a big-money professional sport.  Bull Riding is an extreme sport and enjoys status as the most popular event in any rodeo.  Thrill-seekers screech as fearless riders strive to manage the one-ton horned creatures under boot.

horse properties in DenverThe classic Saddle Bronc competition requires strength, grace, and excellent timing.  To get to the top of the pack in Steer Wrestling, participants need to be strong and fast.  For the Team Roping event, two cowboys work together to rope the head and the heels of the cows.  This is a traditional ranching task needed during branding or medical treatment.

Tie-Down Roping involves speed and accuracy, skills developed on the ranches in the Old West.  Ranch hands actually started the idea of rodeo when cowboys got together around the campfire during free time at the end of a long week and to challenge each other’s skills.

This is the second year for the Rodeo All-Star in Denver.  It is held at the National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver CO 80216.  Event sponsors include Dodge RAM, 92.5 WOLF, Coors, Murdoch’s, Mountain Dew, 9 News, and CINCH Jeans and Shirts.

Buying Equestrian Real Estate in Colorado

Call Michael Paul at 303-814-9546 for more information about possibilities for Colorado ranches and horse properties in Denver and in the surrounding areas along the Front Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Very convenient to all Denver CO horse properties, the upcoming Rocky Mountain Horse Expo will be held March 7-9, 2014 at the National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt Street, Denver, CO 80216. The Colorado Horse Council, Inc. sponsors the equestrian-related activities and special events and entertainment.

The Rocky Mountain Horse Expo has become one of the largest events of its kind west of Ohio.  Big entertainment includes Gladius World Premier by Big Top Productions.

The 2014 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo will feature 150 presentations by expert clinicians.  Topics range from “Communicate with Your Horse, “How to Ride without Fear,” and “Common Sense Horsemanship,” to “Extreme Trail.”  Topics branch out into Equine Dentistry, Feeding Horses, Riding Sidesaddle, Spookiness, and how to deal with Mustangs.  There are competitions such as Extreme Trail Competition and Colt Startling Challenge USA.  Western Dressage, Horseshoeing, and dozens more interesting and informative events.

But wait!  Family fun activities and events also fill the calendar.  On tap are a Stick Horse Rodeo, classes on Drawing Animals, and a 4-H Show.  A Polo Sporting Event, Art in the Park, Mustang Days, and so many showy exhibitions.  A variety of horse breeds will participate in “The Mane Event.”  “Vaulters will leap, dressage champions will dance, and draft horses will be the tall of it, while Miniature Horses will be the small of it all!”

Equestrians who are looking to adopt horses may find their match at the Equine Come back Challenge and Forever Home Adoption Showcase.

Presentations will be held at several venues: The Event Center, The Event Center Barn, The Event Center Padlock, Hall of Education Arena (first floor), Horsemen’s College (Hall of Education/second floor), The Holistic Horse Fair Round Tables (Hall of Education second-floor), and The Stadium Arena.

Denver CO Horse Properties

When the settlers moved out West and established the Mile High City, the beloved horse was the primary mode of transportation.  The majority of properties feature places to house horses or at least tie them up.  Carriages were pulled down the muddy streets by our equine friends.  Hitching posts were as common as sidewalks.  If the romance of in equestrian lifestyle is part of your dream, ask about equestrian real estate in one of our outlying towns where horse lovers can still ride through town.

Buying Colorado Equestrian Real Estate

For more information about possibilities for Denver CO horse properties, call Michael Paul at 303-814-9546.

In an excellent location east of Castle Pines Golf Club, discriminating homebuyers will find a wonderful executive home for sale in Castle Rock, Colorado.   The four-bedroom/3 bath home is located on two acres in Happy Canyon subdivision.  There are no covenants.  The address is 5739 N. Lariat Drive, Castle Rock, CO 80108, a property just minutes from the Denver Tech Center.

Castle Rock CO horse propertyThe fine Castle Rock real estate features an open floor plan.  It spans 4447 square feet with vaulted ceilings and large windows and a deck highlighting the excellent mountain views.  Interior features include a spacious kitchen with a center island and Corian countertops.  There are beautiful wood floors.  On the main floor is in office.  There is a master retreat with a jet-action tub.  This beautiful Castle Rock home is air-conditioned and is equipped with a burglar alarm and water softener.  It is smoke-free.

The foothill terrain and landscaping perfectly accommodates a walkout basement.  A sprinkler system is installed.  Three-car garage and a shed provide plenty of storage space on the property.  This special executive home is offered at $599,000.

Families living in Happy Canyon are served by Douglas County School District at Buffalo  Ridge Elementary School, Rocky Heights Jr. High School, and Rocky Canyon Senior High School.

Homes in Castle Rock Colorado are located in Douglas County between Denver and Colorado Springs.  A full-service community, Castle Rock is the county seat.  The area is well-known for its majestic red rock formations.  Outside of town are vast stretches of Colorado horse properties, farms and ranches along the Front Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Spanning more than 31 square miles, Castle Rock comfortably accommodates approximately 50,000 residents.  It features a rich history beginning when Native Americans enjoyed the facility between the South Plat River and the Arkansas River.  Castle Rock was settled through the Homestead Act.  Rhyolite was found in the area, attracting prospectors and ranchers during the 1800s.   In modern history until 2007, golfers flocked to Castle Pines Golf Club for the annual PGA Tour during August.

Castle Rock is also known for its Outlet stores near Exit 184.  An express bus serves Castle Rock, transporting people into Denver (35 miles) and/or Colorado Springs (40 miles).

Buying Colorado Ranches and Equestrian Properties

For more information about possibilities for Denver Colorado equine properties, call Michael Paul at 303-814-9546.

Continuing the discussion about raising baby horses on Denver CO ranches…. Just as with children, small horses require more attention than grown horses.  Those who are new to working with horses may be surprised to find out how much work they can be.  If young equestrians attentively teach and train their baby horses, they will avoid bad habits and later difficulties.

Grooming a baby horse.

If horses on Denver Colorado ranches are usually kept outside, then it is best to leave some natural oils on them for protection. They will not require daily grooming.  If horses are very dirty, then use a curry comb to loosen the dirt, brush the coat with a stiff brush, and sponge them down with water as necessary.  During hot summers, sponge down the little horse and scrape the sweat. Hang fly sheets to make the horse more comfortable.

A horse kept inside must be brushed daily.  Standing on the side of the horse and not behind to safely comb the mane and tail.   Hooves need to be picked.  Like little puppies, baby horses can be trained to pick up their hooves upon request.  Use a hoof pick – only after being shown this skill.  To clean the teeth, call a professional Ferrier.

Cleaning the stables and pasture

Old bedding and droppings must be mucked out of the stable so the little horse has a clean place to lay down.  This is also true when the horses are always in the same area outdoors.

How to wean the baby horse?

At about four to six months, it is time to wean the baby horse.  Place the mother and baby apart in pens where they can still see each other.  Start with a few hours apart each day and gradually increase the time and space.  Often times, having other horses or baby horses keep the little one company helps make the weaning process easier.

Teach the baby horse positive behaviors

Between the ages of six months and 24 months, the baby horse can learn many activities.  For example, the baby can learn to load into a trailer, go for walks in various settings and on tarps.  The horse needs to learn calmness while being bathed, strayed, shoed, trimmed, and when plastic bags blow in the wind.   The little horses can also learn to be nudged in every direction.  At about a year, the baby horse can be taught to wear a surcingle and to hold still when ropes are tossed around them.

Also see “Raising Baby Horses on a Denver Colorado Ranches” Part 1.

Buying Colorado Ranches and Equestrian Properties

For more information about Denver Colorado ranches and horse properties, call Michael Paul at 303-814-9546.

Of course equestrians can raise any kind of horses on their Denver Colorado ranches.  Some families with growing children and 4-H members want to find smaller ranchettes and some of those children want baby horses.  So today let’s talk about how to raise a baby horse on a small Denver property zoned for horses.

What is needed to raise baby horses on Denver Colorado ranches?

Start with the little foal, foal halter, baby horse blanket, grooming supplies, feed, tack, and shelter, also plan financial resources for veterinary services, riding school, and horse training.  The facilities available on your Denver Colorado ranch can help make caring for baby horses much easier.  However, buyers may alternatively plan to add stables, fenced pastures, feeding areas, tack rooms, and/or arenas.

How much time does it take to raise a baby horse?

Plan for at least 3-6 weekly time slots.  Short frequent sessions are best.  Raising a baby horse is much easier if the mother and baby are kept together.

Getting close to the baby horse

The very young horse must first become accustomed to being brushed and touched.  Fit the baby horse with a halter.  To teach the baby to lead, follow another handler when they are leading the mother horse.  Walk with the baby horse at your side.

How to tie up the horse

The next step is to teach the baby horse to be tied up.  Start by tying the baby horse near the mother.  Using encouraging words and a little nudging, teach the baby not to pull on the line.

Feeding a baby horse

The baby horse must be fed every day.  Nutritional requirements can be met with foraging grass and hay as well as concentrates and succulents.  Purchase horse food, oats, and pony nuts.  Offer sweet vegetables and fruits such as carrots and apples on occasion.  The horse must also have clean water.

Also see “Raising Baby Horses on a Denver Colorado Ranches” Part 2.

Buying Colorado Ranches and Equestrian Properties

For more information about possibilities for Denver Colorado ranches, call Michael Paul at 303-814-9546.

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