Tips for Horse Property Photographs

Flea Bit Grey Ranch Horse

If someone is selling a home, farm, ranch or equestrian facility, it is important that the pastures, fences, barns and stables be photographed.     This page is intended to give photographers and Realtors that may not be country people or horse people an idea of what to include if or when they photograph a rural horse property.    The most important thing to remember is that if a horse person is looking for a horse property, they want to see what the barns and pastures look like.

When photographing a horse property, I try to include pictures of the horses, cattle, or other livestock in the photographs to make the photograph more interesting.    The goal is for the photographs to capture the attention of potential buyers even if they are not “horse people.”

For example, I took a photograph of this Arabian horse running in a pasture in Peyton, Colorado to show off the fence and the pasture.    Various horse owners have very different opinions about what kind of fencing is suitable for their horse(s).   The best thing to do is to include at least one photo that shows the fencing.

Horse running in pasture with white fence in background.

When taking photographs of homes out in the country with acreage, the photos will look a lot better if they are taken on an over cast day or during the “golden hours”  which are early morning or late evening.

The property below was a horse property in Texas that had a covered roping arena.  The owners efforts to prepare the house and property for the photographs and the showings paid off with a quick sale.  This photograph was taken in the evening when the sun was hitting the front of the house.

Home with Horse Grazing in Front Pasture

 

In the snapshot below, I wanted to show that this home, on five acres in Peyton, Colorado,  was in a subdivision.   The neighbors are relatively close by.    If someone wanted a home that was remote, this home would not be for them.  However, if the buyer prospects wanted space but to still have some neighbors, this home was ideal.

Photographs such as this one help buyers make a more informed decision about whether they want to schedule a tour of the home.

 

Snowy Day in Peyton

 

The following photograph was taken at a large horse facility in Fountain, Colorado.   Getting good photographs of larger properties typically require advanced planning and sometimes more than one photo session. Ultimately, the real estate agent should ensure that he/she obtains the best photographs possible to effectively market the property.  Naturally, the price of the photography needs to correspond with the price of the property.   You wouldn’t spend $2,500 photographing a $100,000 house but that may  not be out of line for $10 million property. )

 

Outdoor riding arena in Fountain Colorado
Fountain, Colorado

 

Beauty is in they eye of the beholder.   Let buyer prospects determine what they think about the buildings on an old ranch or horse property.   This barn, located on Elbert Road, between Peyton and Falcon, Colorado.   Of all the properties pictured in this post, this old barn is on the most expensive tract of land.

Old Red Barn with Windmill

I call this barn the “photographers dream barn” since most of my photographer friends love to take pictures of old barns.

The above barn was used for storage.  It is of minimal value when compared to the total cost of the property.  However, it is generally best to have pictures of the inside of the barn.

 

The snapshot below is the inside of a small, three stall barn that was located on a ten acre horse property in Parker, Colorado which sold very quickly.    As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.  A well planned barn picture can tell a buyer prospect a lot.    For those of us that speak “horse,”  we can see this barn is clean on the inside.  It has an insulated door at the end.  The custom stalls look safe.  Concrete floor.  Cross ties.   I can also see what appears to be electric outlets.

Horse Standing in Cross Ties in a Small Barn in Parker Co

 

Inside an empty horse barn

Compare this photo to the one above.   While this picture is certainly better than no picture of the interior of the barn, this stable has an “empty feeling” to it.  Regardless, this photo shows Priefert stalls, concrete floor, lights,  a shop at the end. (Priefert stalls are a well known brand of horse stalls designed for ease of use and safety.)

If the buyer prospects have a number of homes with barns to choose from, this photograph will not stand out in a buyer prospects memory.

 

 

If the property has nice pasture, be sure to include a  photograph of the pasture.   Again, having the horse in the photograph makes it much more interesting than just the grass.

Bay horse grazing in pasture in Elbert CO

Even though I am not include any photographs of the home itself on this blog post, it is still  very important to include nice photographs of the inside of the home.

 

 

 

 

If you need assistance photographing, selling or buying a horse property, please feel free to contact me.  I’ll help you out however I can.

 

–Sincerely,

Sondra Meyer