For many horse owners, the farm and barn are your sanctuary. They are places where you and your family can enjoy your horses in peace. Or they should be, at least – encroaching development of neighboring properties or busy nearby roads can leave your private property feeling anything but. Don’t worry, though - we’ve come up with some great ways that can add privacy to your farm!
Set the Barn and House Back from the Road
One of the best ways to create privacy for your property begins with the construction stage. When you are planning out the locations for your horse barn and house, set them both well back from the main road. The further back that your barn and home are located, the more privacy you’ll have and the more aware you’ll be of anyone entering the property.
Install an Entrance Gate
An entrance gate is an excellent way to establish the fact that your property is private. Entrance gates don’t have to be big, imposing, ugly gates – Classic Equine Equipment offers a variety of entrance gates which can be tailored to your design specifics for your property. Done well, entrance gates create both privacy and make an attractive addition to your property.
Create a Perimeter Fence
An entrance gate won't establish total privacy on its own, especially if your horse pastures are located near the road. In this situation, it may be wise to install a perimeter fence which connects up to your entrance gate. Try to locate the perimeter fence so that it is set well in front of the pasture fence. This method can help to prevent drivers from stopping and petting or feeding the horses over the fence.
Use Landscaping to Separate Your Property
Landscaping can be another effective method to establish privacy on your property. Adding dense trees and bushes can help to separate your property from both neighbors and from the road.
Install an Attractive Sign
Consider installing an attractive sign at your property’s entrance which designates it as private. Horses attract all sorts of animal lovers, and visitors may assume that your farm is public property, especially if your farm is large. Adding a “private property” sign can help to discourage these visitors, especially when it’s paired with an entrance gate or perimeter gate.
If you’re building a horse barn for personal use, then it’s a good idea to start planning ways that you can increase the privacy of your farm from the beginning of the process. With a little effort, you can enjoy your horses in privacy and peace.