Where Is The Best Place To Live With Horses?
Posted 26 May 2011 - 09:09 AM
Let's factor in cost of living-taxes.....
education..... friendliness of the locals
so what do you think?
I have travelled the U.S. over the years. If I didn't have horses I would say Portland Oregon. But with my horses I really like Virginia. Pretty much any rural part. They seemed to have lots of trails and the people were courteous even the non horse riders, the bikers shared the paths as did hikers. However I hear taxes can be high there.
NE Tennessee would be my second choice.
Dream property, 10,000 acres and a house plopped right in the middle of it with mountains around. but I can't afford that.
Posted 26 May 2011 - 09:45 AM
Financially of the 3, Michigan was the best. Land was cheaper, hay was cheaper and entry fees were cheaper. Michigan had the friendliest competitions by far. Everything was made to be a real family atmosphere.
Showing wise, definately California. You could compete at any level in any event at any time of the year/month/week/day. Hay was quite a bit more expensive, but the weather was good for the most part and you could ride most of the year if you didn't mind the cold rain of the winter months.
Florida is best for year round riding. It gets a bit hot and humid July/Aug, but the rest of the year is great. It is the most expensive state to feed a horse in. Ouch. Unless you can get away with feeding just coastal hay, which I can't. Showing is not as.... advanced? Developed? As California, but then neither was Michigan.
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Posted 26 May 2011 - 10:05 AM
I've always wanted to head down to TN and live closer to the mountains.
Posted 26 May 2011 - 10:47 AM
Posted 26 May 2011 - 11:01 AM
I am living in Ohio right now--frozen tundra in the winter and we have had severe storms every nite for what seems like a month now. Yuck. I took my daughter to Mohican park the other day and she loved it. They have a riding trail, seemed nice.
I used to live in Alabama and it was nice there. Not so many nosy neighbors crowded up on me there. Here land is more expensive and so I only have a little place. I live in Amish country so lots of horses around, but not necessarily horse activities like good shows.... training clinics and such. They do have them, but they are far and few between. Plus here the time I get to go outdoors is limited to far too few months.
Around here the amish people drive their horse and buggies on the roads and by roads I mean highway 250 and 30. yikes!!!!! They do have what are called buggy lanes, but I have seen horses frightened and jump into traffic. Just down the road I drove around a curve to see a semi and a buggy have a bit of an issue- luckily everyone was okay. the buggy was very beat up as it flipped, but only minor physical injuries to horse and folks in the buggy.
So even with all the horses around, some folks hate horses just bc they get "stuck" behind them in traffic. However it is easy to find good farriers at really good prices, hay is almost never an issue, and it is easy to find someone to horsesit if I needed to be gone overnight.
As for events around horses, they have lots of fairs around here. every county has one and lots of events for riders of all ages and disciplines.
But I miss the hot humid south.