Spin-off on ring adding value to horse property
I'm facing the reverse problem of adding a ring to my property because I no longer use my outdoor ring as I don't ride. It takes a LOT of work trying to keep the outdoor ring free of weeds and, to be honest, the last couple of yrs I haven't even tried.
The outdoor ring is right off my indoor in that I open a door from the indoor and I'm at my outdoor. The outdoor is also fenced and the ring itself has a lovely border of grass about 3-8' wide depending on the side. The last couple of yrs I've started my horses on grass by opening the door from the indoor and letting them eat the grass border.
The outdoor was put in properly with tiles and grading is ~ 80' X 220' so it's certainly large enough for jumping etc. It also has lights for riding at night. In the 4 corners are large beds of daylilies so I didn't have to go back and weedwack where my riding mower couldn't get and along the long side of the indoor is a beautiful row of tiger lilies.
Part of me seriously wants to strip the footing, or what's left of it, bring a few loads of good topsoil and plant it for another pasture. I don't really need another pasture as I have 3 larger grass pastures as well as 2 sacrifice paddocks for winter but I really hate looking at all the weeds and basically unkept appearance of the outdoor.
If you were looking for a horse property, how important would the outdoor be if you had the indoor? Now, to be honest the indoor (60' X 120') isn't anywhere as large as the outdoor.
It isn't about adding value
as much as about what it will cost to remove it.
I'd probably leave it, because you've already paid to add an indoor, if you pay to remove an outdoor, then you can't expect to get any of your indoor money back.
That said, we built an arena, then crashed it to build the pond and the indoor.
I'll probably have to live here forever.