Well, finally decided to take the plunge and do what I'd been wanting for the last year. I'm so looking forward to riding in the woods, and getting back into eventing after a few (or more) years away. I accepted a position at Aiken Regional Hospital starting July 8th, quit my job here, and am in the need of housing in Aiken.
Our farm here is listed, DH will stay back until it sells or if no luck by winter we'll reevaluate the whole plan. So for now, I am looking for a 6 month rental within 15 miles of the hospital with room for 3 horses. The 2 dogs will stay back at our place here, but come for a week a month when DH visits so would also need pet friendly.
I don't need or want fancy. Just safe fencing and shelter for the horses. I can't do a year lease. Would like to keep it under $1500 month. Absolutely non-smoking and no recent history of it being smoked in as I'm highly sensitive to the smell.
I've been checking the usual online sites, and have a Realtor that we've been in contact with for our eventual purchase there looking around for me as well. Most places so far have been sticklers on a year lease, or want over $2000 a month, or max out at two horses.
I figured maybe some locals might have heard of word-of-mouth places, or seen ads posted in tack/feed stores. Anybody have any leads for me?
Also will be needing good contacts for vets, farriers, hay, bedding, etc. Anything to help this Lexington girl find her way in Aiken would be most appreciated.
OP, have you tried contacting vets and farriers in the area? They know everyone...And everyone talks to them. IE, while Dobbin is getting his teeth floated, horse owner bemoans "if only we could find a renter..." Just a thought! I know that when our house sells *fingers crossed* and we're looking for a farmette as a resting place before making the big purchase plunge, like you, we'll be asking the vet if he knows anyone. Heck, the farrier already warned us off one place, saying it was fenced, sure, but really not what DH wants for his mares (mine will stay boarded).
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Thanks to all for the ideas and names. I'm interested in a couple listed with Fox and Hound, but not having much luck with call-backs/info with them. Will keep trying.
I've checked Aiken horses online, The Aiken Horse, Aiken MLS, Googled, etc. I may have a lead on one through my Realtor, but it's a little more then I wanted to spend considering I still have my mortgage here.
Glad to have the names of some vets and farriers and will check them out as well. A couple PMs have given me possible places, so thank-you as well.