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There may be career opportunity in my near future which would include a move to the greater Sacramento area. What is the average cost of hay? What kind of hay is sold out there (coming from the East Coast, we have a timothy mix)? What is the weather like?

What does board and vet care average? Coming from the East Coast everything is inflated here and I don't imagine the West Coast to be much different. Also is there a major vet university near? I have one very easy keeper and one hard keeper who has been known to need the expertise of a major vet university from time to time. Anything else to consider? Natural disasters? Evacuation plans? Thanks so much!!

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don't know if you follow the news, but California has suffered drought conditions for 20 years and this year it has gone completely out of control. I don't live there anymore and haven't checked on hay prices, but I can imagine they're no better than what you're experiencing.

weather is mild with no radical temperature fluctuations. you've got one of the best vet universities there, I forget the name but google and ye shall find haha. the sacramento area I don't think sits on a major fault, so earthquakes shouldn't be a major concern. however, forest fires (which are raging and this happens often enough), drought, mud slides are all very real issues. in terms of evacuation avenues I'd go to google maps for options.

on your other cost questions I unfortunately can't help because I haven't had a horse there in 20 years. good luck!!

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I grew up in the San Joaquin valley (lived both an hour south and an hour north of Sac). I am unfamiliar with boarding and veterinary costs for the Sac area, but I found vet costs in general to be considerably more reasonable than here in the East. UCDavis is an excellent veterinary college offering professional and specialized veterinary services. When I lived north of Sac, I used Dr. Jerry Long's Country Vet Clinic for my cats, dog and horses. When I was a child, we fed primarily Oat hay, Alfalfa is also available and my personal preference was for Sudan Grass hay. I have been out of the state for many years and they may have a wider variety of grass hays.

Best of luck!

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To add to what nick shared, most boarding situations in CA will basically be dry-lot. Pasture is rare and most likely expensive, depending on how much it costs for the pasture to be irrigated.

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Thanks! I am in Central Jersey and the cost of living here is ridiculous. The job would be for three to four years and then I would move again (military service), so its not like it's forever. Wild fires concern me for sure, but I grew up in the midwest and we had tornados, I feel like its always something no matter where you are.

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Wild fires are scary, but the Sacramento area is usually safe from them.

For me, the biggest problems are the heat and the traffic. It's not muggy, though, and that makes a huge difference, I understand.

UC Davis is a nationally known university (and my alma mater!). I'll ponder what else you might want to know (I don't have horses, so I can't speak to several of your questions).

Edited by Kina Kat

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Kina Kat, a huge part of what I am still pondering is, if I am going to pursue said job. I left military service 3 years ago to go to graduate school, my intentions were always to return. The longer I am out, the more I wonder if I am prepared, if my extended family and SO are prepared to live that life style...time will tell.

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I live in the Sierra foothills east of Sacramento.

There are hundreds of horse facilities around Sac. Everything from world class Hunter/Jumper or Reining facilities to small mom and pop ranches that board a couple of horses. The larger the number of amenities the higher the price. Prices can run from $200-$500 plus per month. Trails and equestrian camping sites abound. You can camp and ride in the surf at Point Reyes or touch the sky on the rim trail above lake Tahoe.

You can find Timothy hay year around but the cost is higher than orchard grass or mixed hay. I pay $18-23 per bale for a 100-125 pound bale of orchard. Timothy costs about $2-4 more per bale. Hay costs more December-February when the fields are too wet to cut.

There are dozens of equine vet groups in the area. Loomis Basin has incredible vets, state of the art technology and most of the people around here prefer to call or take their severely sick or injured horses there. Davis is incredibly expensive. Everything from Equine Dentists or Chiropractors are easy to find.

Grass pastures are very rare in California, even when rainfall is plentiful.

There is tule fog in the central valley around Sacramento during the rainy season from late December to early March.

We have much less fog in the Foothills. Summers are warm, humid days are rare. Nights are much cooler year around. Hard frost or snow is rare in the central valley. We have more morning frost and if it snows (Jan-Feb) it might last for a couple of days in the Foothills.

If you want to further your education there are multiple colleges and universities in the area

I belong to a great horse club that meets the first Wednesday of each month at Red Hawk casino right off of highway 50 at 6:30pm. Your welcome to come and meet the group!

Edited by dondie

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