The prestigious Freedom Hill Farm, birth place and early life home of several stakes caliber and fast class race horses is available for sale. The farm has 20 useful sized paddocks with oak board fences, 5 larger pastures with moveable fences and underground water supply. In addition, there is a 2 acre fishing pond stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish. A covered picnic area, conveniently located adjacent to the pond, has a cement floor, as well as a large wooden deck that extends out over the water. This is the perfect spot to entertain guests or relax while watching the sunset.
The farm has a main barn with 51 box stalls, constructed using 2 inch rough cut oak board walls and fronts. There are underground water supply lines to all stalls, with several that have automatic individual waterers. Eight of the stalls are larger and used for foaling and to house mares with newborn foals. Six of these stalls are wired for cameras that are connected by underground coaxial cable to a monitor in the house and to monitors in the break room and in the barn apartment.
The main barn is has 14,040 sq. feet of space. It is a pole barn with two drive-through isles, one of which has a cement floor. It includes hay storage over the stalls with openings to drop hay into each stall from above. The insulated barn and stalls are well lit and has roof top ventilators. With four or five horses present it does not require additional heat even on the coldest nights of winter to keep water sources from freezing. It remains cool in the summer.
We used this barn to house training race horses, finish sale prepping yearlings, rehab horses, foal mares, board horses, and inseminate mares. The barn has a double stall wash area with hot water. Next to the wash stall area is a half bathroom with an electric wall heater.
In the main barn there is a breeding chute, blacksmith shop, overhead hay storage, office, break and supply room, tack room with clothes washer and drying appliances, storage space. The second floor apartment has a kitchen/living room, bedroom, and full bathroom. It has electric heat, cook stove, window air conditioner, satellite T.V. hookup and a monitor to watch foaling mares. This is an efficient, multi-purpose designed barn.
There is a half mile dirt training track.
A tractor shed provides space for various type of equipment and has a work bench and storage space with lots of shelves. This building has an addition with 6 stalls for overflow needs and storage use in it.
Adjacent to the main barn, you will find a six horse computer controlled Odyssey Exerciser. It is under an insulated roof to help shield horses form extreme heat in the summer. It can be used as a hot walker and because of the electronic speed control it can be used to condition race horses and muscle up sale horses. The 4,104 sq. feet main yearling barn is divided into two run in areas with each side having an automatic waterer. One side is currently used for fillies and the other for male colts. Between the two sides is a complex of gates designed to safely and efficiently handle individual yearlings for grooming, training, and veterinary access. The gates allow yearlings to be separated and put into a handling chute by one person. The chute is made of 2 inch round pipe for safely handling and inspecting yearlings. Hay is stored above the center aisle complex for easy feeding to each of the run in areas.
In addition to the yearling barn there is a second yearling barn across the lane. It is a two lot run in barn with lights and automatic waterers to handle excess yearlings. Built-in grain and hay feeders are also located in each run in area. This barn has a drive through lane to park horse trailers or other equipment.
The farm has a barn that is currently used for hay storage but was originally constructed as a horse run in barn. There is another small lot with a run in barn in addition to those already described. Underground water lines supply outdoor hydrants in most strategic locations.
This property also features a historic home built in the late 1800s. The main level is comprised of the kitchen, living room, one full bathroom, and a half bath. The upstairs has three bedrooms. The basement houses the HVAC system and water heater.
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R87M+28 Watseka, Watseka, Iroquois County, Illinois