The Garden Guide

Equestrian Property

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Land is one of the distinguishing features of equestrian estates, along with barns, paddocks and exercise arenas. The land is often a part of a farm and the residential property is often a former farm house or extended cottage. Garden historians will remember that the original paradise gardens were hunting parks and that the availability of space to ride horses was one of the oldest reasons for enclosing parkland property. Riding on horseback has always been one of the most enjoyable ways of experiencing a landscape of woods, meadows and water. If the equestrian property is in a popular horse riding area then one can expect to find a network of public bridleways and horse trails. See information on hunting park as a garden type. Equestrian estates are often located near centres for horse breeding and racing (e.g. Newmarket in England).

Equestrian land

Equestrian estate

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