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  • purlsnponies
    I'm in the Gainesville area. The things I dislike the most for horsekeeping here are bugs and heat/humidity. We haven't gotten a freeze yet, so mosquitos are still out in force - and my elderly Welsh Cob mare is just miserable from June till temps drop (usually Decemberish), despite shade, cross winds, and fans.

    I'm also on 'the wrong side of town' so vets, farriers, etc. are in short supply.

    That said - if I were to do it over, I'd consider the Ocala area, and would look for something high n' dry, and as far from any wetlands as possible.

    Oh, and hurricane prep SUCKS. Not such a big deal if you have a concrete block barn and/or younger horses.. but if you have seniors, lots of beautiful trees on the property, etc.. have a plan A, B, and C.

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  • NoSuchPerson
    What 4horses said. The West Palm area is too wet, too expensive, too crowded, and too urbanized.

    I recently moved from the Gainesville area after having lived there for 20+ years. I second the recommendation of Gainesville, Ocala, or someplace in between. If I was going to move back to Florida, I would probably look for someplace closer to Ocala. I feel like the quality and quantity of horse-related services (farriers, hay suppliers, equine vets, tack shops...) has been dwindling over the years around Gainesville, while at the same time growing around the Ocala area. The Thoroughbred industry is dying/has died in Ocala, but it has been/is being replaced by the non-racing horse industry.

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  • 4horses
    I used to live in West Palm Beach. I would not recommend that area. Heavy traffic, lots of canals, flooding when it rains, and that area gets hurricanes...mosquitoes were horrendous. The only benefit was there's a big equestrian community, and there's dirt roads and canals for riding down. But the canals now have gates blocking access, dirt roads get paved, and the area gets built up.

    West Palm beach has had numerous hurricanes. They were hit by hurricane Frances, Jeane, Wilma, Irma, and nearly hit by Dorian.

    I would recommend the Gainesville or Ocala areas or somewhere between. You want to check for flood zones and buy property on a hill.

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  • clanter
    Well you may need to apply for an exit vista from New York's governor as he is getting pissed that most of his state is moving to Florida

    Florida is a very inviting .... just be aware most items used to support a horse has to be trucked in. And with little to no return freight that truck goes back empty thus causing inbound freight charges to be high.

    We closed a Tampa warehouse because after researching we could ship product to the customer cheaper from Atlanta than us shipping the product to Tampa then selling it to Florida customers .... the shipments from Atlanta the customer paid the shipping costs directly

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  • btswass
    Originally posted by clanter View Post
    It was the only time in South Florida history that snow fell from the skies, swirling over palm trees, dazzling school children and surprising the region's normally sun-baked residents was 43 years ago

    That was on Jan. 19, 1977

    Just wondering recently weren't you moving to Montana or Michigan?
    Yes we were. We’re literally all over the map. I think we’ve actually both settled on Florida. I can’t handle the cold well. We’d rather live where its warm and vacation to snowy places. Plus we both have aunts in this part of Florida that our family already visits a couple times a year. Seems to make sense

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  • clanter
    It was the only time in South Florida history that snow fell from the skies, swirling over palm trees, dazzling school children and surprising the region's normally sun-baked residents was 43 years ago

    That was on Jan. 19, 1977

    Just wondering recently weren't you moving to Montana or Michigan?

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