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  • #21
    I live in Beverly Hills, FL (40min south west of Ocala). My Knabstrupper stallion is actually located in Newberry, Fl near Gainsville. I moved from the DC metro area about 14 years ago.

    Bugs, snakes and humidity. The land is much flatter here too. Gopher holes aren't fun so watch out for those when riding your horses. Hay prices aren't cheap.

    I do like that I live about 30 min from the Gulf but you can't swim there in Crystal River because of the bacteria in the water. However, the springs are nice and that is where we go. They get MAJORLY crowed though because of tourists and not being able to swim in the Gulf nearby.

    Ocala traffic sucks but I can't wait until the WEC is done and that will be a great horse addition.
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    • #22
      Originally posted by btswass View Post
      For those with super sensitive to bugs horses how do you deal with that? Mine wears a full fly sheet with neck and belly plus mask plus leg wraps. Obviously it would be too hot in summer to do that. But I’ve never seen such a sensitive horse. A single fly near him and he’s throwing a fit. And when he stomps he angry stomps. Would it be cool enough at night In summer for fly sheets?
      Many keep inside during the day with a fan.

      I’ve seen people fly sheet 24/7. It’s so hot they’re going to be sweaty anyway, so they don’t consider a big deal. Overnight might be not get sweaty if clipped. Luckily mine aren't sensitive and stay out 24/7 with no fly sheet. Lots of fly spray, and my pastures have lots of trees for shade.
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      • #23
        Big industrial fans mounted inside the run-in sheds and barn also help blow some of the bugs away.

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        • #24
          Originally posted by btswass View Post
          Thanks for all the replies! We’re struggling with the job first or house first scenario. Think we might be leaning toward job first. DH can stay with aunt in Jupiter while both job and house hunting. Though we’re leaning more toward land and building. Any decent houses are too big and expensive for us. Building from scratch was always our original plan.
          Seems like some decent land closer to Okeechobee. 20 acre lots going for around $250k which isn’t terrible. 20 acres would definitely cut down on the amount of hay we’d have to buy if any.
          He’s adamant he doesn’t want to be further than an hour from the coat. Both for beach access and job opportunities.

          In NY its hot and humid in the summer and cold rainy and miserable in the winter. I’d much rather hide from the heat in the summer and actually be able to enjoy the other half of the year.

          For those with super sensitive to bugs horses how do you deal with that? Mine wears a full fly sheet with neck and belly plus mask plus leg wraps. Obviously it would be too hot in summer to do that. But I’ve never seen such a sensitive horse. A single fly near him and he’s throwing a fit. And when he stomps he angry stomps. Would it be cool enough at night In summer for fly sheets?
          DH and I are spending a "test drive" bit of winter in West Palm this year - my horses are in Loxahatchee at White Fences and we rented a house 35 minutes away in WPB that is a block from the water (DH is a water sports / boating fan and we both love the beach.) We actually had a great dinner out in Jupiter earlier this week! We've only been here a matter of weeks and have already agreed we will be spending winters here from now on. I see quite a lot of both raw land and new (planned) development on my way out to the barn each day. And lots and lots of small horse farms.

          Now, there is obviously a difference between how pleasant it is here in winter vs. August so that is something to think about if you are moving to a new full time residence. We have significant heat and humidity at home so we are used to that, but I'd certainly plan for night turnout in summer if I were here year round. Most barns seem to have the nice big industrial fans running in the stalls and aisles, and many have really lovely covered arenas which obviously helps in terms of protecting from the sun as well as rain.

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          • #25
            Originally posted by btswass View Post
            Thanks for all the replies! We’re struggling with the job first or house first scenario. Think we might be leaning toward job first. DH can stay with aunt in Jupiter while both job and house hunting. Though we’re leaning more toward land and building. Any decent houses are too big and expensive for us. Building from scratch was always our original plan.
            Seems like some decent land closer to Okeechobee. 20 acre lots going for around $250k which isn’t terrible. 20 acres would definitely cut down on the amount of hay we’d have to buy if any.
            He’s adamant he doesn’t want to be further than an hour from the coat. Both for beach access and job opportunities.

            In NY its hot and humid in the summer and cold rainy and miserable in the winter. I’d much rather hide from the heat in the summer and actually be able to enjoy the other half of the year.

            For those with super sensitive to bugs horses how do you deal with that? Mine wears a full fly sheet with neck and belly plus mask plus leg wraps. Obviously it would be too hot in summer to do that. But I’ve never seen such a sensitive horse. A single fly near him and he’s throwing a fit. And when he stomps he angry stomps. Would it be cool enough at night In summer for fly sheets?
            Horses that are sensitive to bugs are miserable here. My coach bubble wraps her stud - he's always in a fly sheet/mask/boots, fans in his stall, stall picked multiple times per day. He's still miserable. He's more miserable without his fly gear. The flies never die here. They just hibernate when it gets a little colder at night, and come roaring back during the day.

            Other fun things we deal with: summer sores, anhydrosis, fungus, mold. Humidity in the summer means you have to ride early in the morning. It doesn't really cool down at night - by the coast you get a breeze, which helps. Inland is different. I'm between Ocala and Gainesville. There's a reason they call it "The Swamp".

            Winters are great, though. And you're never too far from a show or a good trainer. And Florida is still relatively cheap on other fronts (not hay, though) - depending where you live. And no state income tax - thumbs up from me.

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              #26
              Originally posted by Lucassb View Post

              DH and I are spending a "test drive" bit of winter in West Palm this year - my horses are in Loxahatchee at White Fences and we rented a house 35 minutes away in WPB that is a block from the water (DH is a water sports / boating fan and we both love the beach.) We actually had a great dinner out in Jupiter earlier this week! We've only been here a matter of weeks and have already agreed we will be spending winters here from now on. I see quite a lot of both raw land and new (planned) development on my way out to the barn each day. And lots and lots of small horse farms.

              Now, there is obviously a difference between how pleasant it is here in winter vs. August so that is something to think about if you are moving to a new full time residence. We have significant heat and humidity at home so we are used to that, but I'd certainly plan for night turnout in summer if I were here year round. Most barns seem to have the nice big industrial fans running in the stalls and aisles, and many have really lovely covered arenas which obviously helps in terms of protecting from the sun as well as rain.
              Yea we're really in love with that area. Definitely where we plan on moving and both have family in that area as well.

              In terms of summer heat I'm either going to have to hide from the cold or hide from the heat half the year. I'd rather hide from the heat. We don't have the option to spend only winters in florida. Though hopefully one day we can have a place out west (thinking Montana) to spend our summers at.
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                #27
                Originally posted by Mersidoats View Post

                Horses that are sensitive to bugs are miserable here. My coach bubble wraps her stud - he's always in a fly sheet/mask/boots, fans in his stall, stall picked multiple times per day. He's still miserable. He's more miserable without his fly gear. The flies never die here. They just hibernate when it gets a little colder at night, and come roaring back during the day.

                Other fun things we deal with: summer sores, anhydrosis, fungus, mold. Humidity in the summer means you have to ride early in the morning. It doesn't really cool down at night - by the coast you get a breeze, which helps. Inland is different. I'm between Ocala and Gainesville. There's a reason they call it "The Swamp".

                Winters are great, though. And you're never too far from a show or a good trainer. And Florida is still relatively cheap on other fronts (not hay, though) - depending where you live. And no state income tax - thumbs up from me.
                I'll definitely be spending a lot of money on bug control. Will have a fly spray misting system in the barn plus fans and will be using supplement fly control and any other products I can find to keep the flies down. In summer he'll go out at night wrapped up in his fly gear and spend his days inside where I'm confident flies will be minimal in the barn. He'll adapt. And yea we will definitely not be in land. Looking at places about 30 minutes from the coast. I actually already have a trainer in the area too. A friend from back home we rode together in high school. She's now a trainer in the area.

                We live in one of the most expensive counties in the state. And in a lot of places in the country. West palm area won't be cheap but it will still be cheaper than where we are.
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                • #28
                  Originally posted by btswass View Post

                  I'll definitely be spending a lot of money on bug control. Will have a fly spray misting system in the barn plus fans and will be using supplement fly control and any other products I can find to keep the flies down. In summer he'll go out at night wrapped up in his fly gear and spend his days inside where I'm confident flies will be minimal in the barn. He'll adapt. And yea we will definitely not be in land. Looking at places about 30 minutes from the coast. I actually already have a trainer in the area too. A friend from back home we rode together in high school. She's now a trainer in the area.

                  We live in one of the most expensive counties in the state. And in a lot of places in the country. West palm area won't be cheap but it will still be cheaper than where we are.
                  I sympathize with you. I moved here from NYC. My first thought was “everything is on sale in Florida!” Board in Wellington area is still cheaper than board near the city. Once you and your horses adjust, it really is like living in paradise. Sweating beats freezing.

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                  • #29
                    Around the Knoxville area you will find a bunch of "half backs." These are people from colder states up North who move to FL, find that FL weather does not suit them, and then move half way back up North. Thus, the term "half back."

                    Most of these folks in our area come from MI or OH, but I understand you'll find them in the Carolinas, too, coming from NY and New England.

                    Having live in in Pensacola, Jacksonville, and Key West I would not move back to FL (even my wife from Jacksonville likes it better here). We get four, real seasons (biased towards summer) and housing, along with general cost of living, is less than FL. So consider your desires before you make a big move.

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                      #30
                      Originally posted by Mersidoats View Post

                      I sympathize with you. I moved here from NYC. My first thought was “everything is on sale in Florida!” Board in Wellington area is still cheaper than board near the city. Once you and your horses adjust, it really is like living in paradise. Sweating beats freezing.
                      Right?! Board here is crazy. We won't be boarding but looking forward to the cheaper cost of living in general in a much more enjoyable environment.

                      I loved the cold and snow when I was a kid. Now each year the winter gets harder and harder. My body does not do well in the cold. I will happily sweat
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                      • #31
                        Night turnout works if they are not too sensitive to bugs- the mosquitoes are voracious at dusk, one of mine couldn’t handle it. The lightning can be a problem, I knew a couple to lose horses. I had lightning alerts on my phone and had countless midnight pajama runs to the paddocks.

                        a vet quoted that 25% of horses that move to south Florida stop sweating. I had 4 horses, 3 struggled with sweating, one so miserable it was hourly alcohol bathes just to be able to breathe in the stall with 3 fans on.

                        Hurricanes. Get a concrete barn or worry yourself ill 4 months of the year.

                        Hay $$$

                        pros: no mud! Sand drains fast (Flip side- sand clear! Friend lost a horse to sand colic). Rarely need to blanket. No ice to break. Loads of vets, farriers, horse shows, people dining in breeches everywhere. Grass year round. Kind of a ghost town after April, but that cuts down on traffic.

                        signed- someone who was not a beach or a hot weather person, and sold the farm (Wellington) after 2 hurricanes and a job transfer. I miss it this month, but definitely not most of the year.

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                        • #32
                          OK - how likely is a person to do something stupid that everyone who grew up in Florida would know not to do, but someone from New Engand wouldnt think twice about and get themselves hurt or killed?
                          For example, I might walk out of my house in the evening to go check on a horse and not think there might be a poisonous snake or an alligator out there in the dark?
                          Or scooping up loose hay from a hay shed and maybe seeing a garter snake up North, but a rattler down south.
                          Growing up in New England, you have NE common sense. Do you develop Florida common sense?
                          I mean my inlaws found a gator in their garage and needed to be careful about pygmy rattlers in their lemon tree.
                          Being a farmer in Florida would be too much for me.
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                            #33
                            Originally posted by Sancudo View Post
                            Night turnout works if they are not too sensitive to bugs- the mosquitoes are voracious at dusk, one of mine couldn’t handle it. The lightning can be a problem, I knew a couple to lose horses. I had lightning alerts on my phone and had countless midnight pajama runs to the paddocks.

                            a vet quoted that 25% of horses that move to south Florida stop sweating. I had 4 horses, 3 struggled with sweating, one so miserable it was hourly alcohol bathes just to be able to breathe in the stall with 3 fans on.

                            Hurricanes. Get a concrete barn or worry yourself ill 4 months of the year.

                            Hay $$$

                            pros: no mud! Sand drains fast (Flip side- sand clear! Friend lost a horse to sand colic). Rarely need to blanket. No ice to break. Loads of vets, farriers, horse shows, people dining in breeches everywhere. Grass year round. Kind of a ghost town after April, but that cuts down on traffic.

                            signed- someone who was not a beach or a hot weather person, and sold the farm (Wellington) after 2 hurricanes and a job transfer. I miss it this month, but definitely not most of the year.
                            I've been reading about the lightning. That doesn't sound fun.

                            Odd about the fact that horses stop sweating. Honestly I've been struggling a lot with my horse. I'm hopeful I can turn things around but at this point it wouldn't kill me if Florida isn't for him and I have to sell him.

                            Anyone know about donkeys in florida? He doesn't sweat much but they are desert animals so it has to be very hot for him to sweat.

                            Definitely planning on a concrete barn. Even if it means it has to be smaller than I would have liked. Just not worth it any other way.

                            Question about hay. I know its expensive. Does price go up in the winter or is it pretty consistent? Here I have to get a full years worth of hay at a time. But I'd prefer to not have to store that much hay. If its not a big price difference I'd rather just get enough for say 4 months at a time and not have to build as big of a barn.
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                            • #34
                              Originally posted by btswass View Post
                              purlsnponies
                              I actually have a tack shop up north but before we decided to move already planned on converting it to a new style of business that will be remote. DH is in construction management so will need to be near a larger city for the most job opportunities. Ocala seems really nice. Just wanted to be closer to the ocean. So many little details about a town I’m not sure how we would figure out where to live without living there first. Although boarding is so much cheaper than here that we could afford to board. I’d just prefer not to...I’m a little ocd about their care since they’ve been home. I feel like I couldn’t trust someone else to take care of them!
                              The bugs, hurricanes and humidity are a fact of life anywhere in coastal Florida. It’s the price you pay for no snow. If you have family in Jupiter and want to stay involved in the horse industry, then the Wellington area does seem to make the most sense. Have seen a number of nice looking, reasonably priced properties in Loxahatchee advertised recently. If you have room on the property for a guest cottage or barn apartment, seasonal rentals are always in demand there - potential income generator for you.

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                              • #35
                                Originally posted by btswass View Post

                                I've been reading about the lightning. That doesn't sound fun.

                                Odd about the fact that horses stop sweating. Honestly I've been struggling a lot with my horse. I'm hopeful I can turn things around but at this point it wouldn't kill me if Florida isn't for him and I have to sell him.

                                Anyone know about donkeys in florida? He doesn't sweat much but they are desert animals so it has to be very hot for him to sweat.

                                Definitely planning on a concrete barn. Even if it means it has to be smaller than I would have liked. Just not worth it any other way.

                                Question about hay. I know its expensive. Does price go up in the winter or is it pretty consistent? Here I have to get a full years worth of hay at a time. But I'd prefer to not have to store that much hay. If its not a big price difference I'd rather just get enough for say 4 months at a time and not have to build as big of a barn.
                                I knew 3 mini donkeys in the neighborhood, all seemed ok, two lived out 24/7 with a shelter next door to me.

                                I bought hay bi weekly, didn’t have a large space to store, and the price was the same pretty much year around, and within a dollar to two for the same bale (3 string Timothy) at all feed suppliers. In the winter rush sometimes they ran out, and you might have to try a different cutting, but it wasn’t a huge deal.

                                I think my biggest recommendation would be to visit farms after a huge deluge when farm shopping. Best way to see how the property drains! This is almost daily June to October.

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                                • #36
                                  Yes lightning is a killer. A friend just lost a horse due to lightning from a small line of rainstorms. I didn't hear much thunder and left mine outside because it was such a small line of showers... Same storm killed her horse.

                                  Expect to lose several trees from lightning strikes. My dad was hit by lightning twice and survived. I try to get my horses in early if it looks like a storm is coming because it's not safe to be out there. Some of those storms pop up fast and it's hard to get everyone in the barn in time. Even worse if you are on a trail ride far from home and a storm hits.

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                                  • #37
                                    Originally posted by btswass View Post
                                    Thanks for all the replies! We’re struggling with the job first or house first scenario. Think we might be leaning toward job first. DH can stay with aunt in Jupiter while both job and house hunting. Though we’re leaning more toward land and building. Any decent houses are too big and expensive for us. Building from scratch was always our original plan.
                                    Seems like some decent land closer to Okeechobee. 20 acre lots going for around $250k which isn’t terrible. 20 acres would definitely cut down on the amount of hay we’d have to buy if any.
                                    He’s adamant he doesn’t want to be further than an hour from the coat. Both for beach access and job opportunities.

                                    In NY its hot and humid in the summer and cold rainy and miserable in the winter. I’d much rather hide from the heat in the summer and actually be able to enjoy the other half of the year.

                                    For those with super sensitive to bugs horses how do you deal with that? Mine wears a full fly sheet with neck and belly plus mask plus leg wraps. Obviously it would be too hot in summer to do that. But I’ve never seen such a sensitive horse. A single fly near him and he’s throwing a fit. And when he stomps he angry stomps. Would it be cool enough at night In summer for fly sheets?
                                    Just want to say that the land near Okeechobee was probably everglades (read: swamp/marsh) before it was drained. Pretty much all of the middle of FLorida south of Orlando is part of the historic Everglades. The higher land is actually closer to the coast. Be very careful about the land you buy - look at the plant communities. Cypress or skinny pines? It floods occassionally. Rich black soil? It was Everglades and that's muck soil. BIg pines and sandy soil? be cautious with your pasture management - or you will have a sand pit. Loxahatchee WAS everglades within my memory,and Wellington did not exist.....

                                    You will still buy hay. The types of grass Florida grows in pastures is not very nutritious (bermuda grasses, and I have seen St Augustine grasses in some pastures further south). Growth slows considerable during the winter, and you really need to be careful IRT pasture management.
                                    Edited to add that no one I know buys a year's worth of hay at a time. You will lose it to mold. And no the price stays pretty steady year round - between $550-$650/ton for T/A, O/A, or straight A.

                                    Ocala is about an hour from each coast.

                                    Fly sheets? hot and humid even at night in the summer. So it depends on which fly sheet.... some are more breathable.


                                    You might consider the Palm City area (west of Stuart) or even further north towards Vero, Melbourne or Titusville. . Just a bit further up the coast but there is an equine community and it's probably less spendy.....

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                                    • #38
                                      Originally posted by dotneko View Post
                                      OK - how likely is a person to do something stupid that everyone who grew up in Florida would know not to do, but someone from New Engand wouldnt think twice about and get themselves hurt or killed?
                                      For example, I might walk out of my house in the evening to go check on a horse and not think there might be a poisonous snake or an alligator out there in the dark?
                                      Or scooping up loose hay from a hay shed and maybe seeing a garter snake up North, but a rattler down south.
                                      Growing up in New England, you have NE common sense. Do you develop Florida common sense?
                                      I mean my inlaws found a gator in their garage and needed to be careful about pygmy rattlers in their lemon tree.
                                      Being a farmer in Florida would be too much for me.
                                      I moved to TN from PA, and while PA has rattlers and copperheads, I don’t think I ever saw any in my 47 years there. We have been here almost 6 years and we killed 2 rattlers this year, and saw just 1 in all the previous years.

                                      I think it is just like anything else- you learn what the hazards are and learn to work around them. Down here I know that you will see more snakes in general during warm weather, and rattlers particularly in August and September. I was tramping through the woods pretty carefree yesterday, but would have been watching every step in warm weather. Most snakes would prefer to slither off rather than strike.

                                      In PA, I worried more about things like ice. The last winter we were there was terrible, and my husband always seemed to be working away from home during the worst of it. I was more concerned about slipping and falling on the ice, knocking myself out and dying from hypothermia than I ever have been worried about snakes.

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                                        You might consider the Palm City area (west of Stuart) or even further north towards Vero, Melbourne or Titusville. . Just a bit further up the coast but there is an equine community and it's probably less spendy.....[/QUOTE]

                                        Stuart (Martin County) Area is very nice, my parents lived there for many years. It’s on our radar screen for retirement. Growing equine community.

                                        And I’m paying $600 ish a ton here in Southern Pines NC for orchard/alfalfa.
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                                          So about lightening. People seem to be saying they don’t turn out at night because of storms but I thought the storms occurred more in the afternoons? We plan on having stalls lead right out to the paddocks. Are horses smart enough to go in on their own during a bad storm?
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