Lucky Horse Farm
521 Midland Lake Rd., Middletown, New York
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34 acres available
19 open acres for farming
15 wooded acres / other
Description of the property’s current condition and current use(s):
The farm had been used for a small horse rescue operation from 1983 until 2013. There are 5 paddocks that were cleared and maintained for about 23 years. Three of the fields are partially maintained on a regular basis. The unmowed cleared acreage will need to be brush hogged in order to reclaim them for tilling or grazing. When my parents moved to the farm all of the fields had to be reclaimed. They came back beautifully offering good grazing grass for the horses. No pesticides have been used on this land in the past 33 years. There is some DEC land on the back part of the property but it doesn't detract from the use of the rest of the land. There are old stone walls in several locations around the property but all are in the wooded sections.
I am not exacty sure of the number of cleared acreage vs the wooded acreage.
Farm history / past uses of the property:
As far as I know, the property has been used as a horse farm since 1981. There is evidence that there may have been an orchard on the property at some point.
Infrastructure and equipment:
Wood fencing around some of the paddocks, though some repairs will need to be done. On large paddock has no fencing installed.
Water access description:
There is a well that services the house and barn. Consideration should be made to access a new well for irrigation.
One barn with 8 horse stalls, water, electric, a tack room, storage for hay, bedding and equpment. Barn is T-1-11 with vinyl siding added later and has 4, 10' x 8' garage doors and a sliding wooden door that's about 7' x 10'. Oak decking in aisle outside the stalls with plywood and rubber matting down the center. Stalls are all oak. Two 3-sided run-in sheds with T-1-11 siding were built in 1984. Both sheds have movable panels to allow for air circulation.
Farmer housing description:
The 3,104 sq ft house features central air, (in the main section of the house with through the wall units in the great room and master bedroom), re-finished hardwood floors, 14 closets!; huge great-room with sliders to deck and gas fireplace. Formal dining room plus eat-in kitchen, also with sliders to deck. Master suite on main floor. 3 bedrooms and full bath on upper level. Lower level has separate entrance, living room, full bath, plus additional room, perfect for in-law, Au-Pair, or groomsman. Also an office, laundry room and additional storage space on lower level. Multi-level deck with motorized awning, hot tub and pool (not used in several years, but always maintained), automatic generator, professional landscaping, heated garages.
Crops and Livestock
Types of crops permitted to be produced on the property:
Types of livestock permitted on the property:
Livestock/crops description :
A recent visit by a representative from the county agriculture group suggested that the farm is better suited for livestock than agriculture because of the typography of the land. There are some flat sections but all of the fields have some degree of pitch to them which are located primarly at the edges of the fields. He recommends different fencing if cattle were to brought in due to the ability of the cows to break through the existing fencing. ... The general area was us an apple orchard at some point during the history of the land use.
Preferences and restrictions on agricultural activities:
This farm is in a R2 residential area so that would need to be a consideration when determining the livestock to be introduced to the area. We and the neighbors would like to see the property remain intact as a farm. The only livestock that I know of that can't be raised on the property are pigs. We have spoken to the county and town officials and they will consider making the property AG exempt with the proper business plan.
Do you require a farmer who qualifies for agricultural assessment?:
Are you willing to have the public on the property as a part of the farm business?:
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