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Horse country- where would you go?

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  • Horse country- where would you go?

    I'm looking to relocate in the next few years and would love to be in a "horse country" somewhere along the East Coast... hopefully not too far from the ocean and in a place not too farm from culture/cities. I'd love someplace with lots of pastures as well.
    Any suggestions? Where would you go?


  • #2
    i know i'm a broken record---but i'd love to move to pei.
    atlantic beaches, affordable farms, and the capitol has an equine vet school.
    sounds like heaven to me!


    • #3
      Middleburg, VA
      Experience is what you get, when you didn't get what you wanted.


      • #4
        Ocala of course. One hour drive to either coast, and more horse farms in a single county (that is the size of Rhode Island) than I could have ever imagined.

        Seriously, take a 3 day weekend trip down here, you will be amazed.

        Plenty of culture available, Gainesville to the north, Orlando and Tampa to the south, with plenty of theaters, museums, etc. My mother-in-law goes to see plays once a month in either Tampa or Orlando.

        We also have the Ocala civic theater here in town, and the Appleton Museum.

        Here is a site that can give you a bit of a taste for what Ocala and Marion county have to offer.
        There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams


        • #5
          Ocala, Florida
          Wellington, Florida
          Alpharetta, Georgia
          Aiken, South Carolina
          Middleburg, Virginia

          Soooo many options!


          • #6
            Killingworth, Ct very good prices on property, lots oaf acreage (sorry, keyboard is owonky) no backspace) and just a drive down to the coastline - Killingworth is rural, but very close to wonderful areas, such as Madison and north aMadison and Essex on the CT river. Its in the middle of the state so easy to get to NYcity or Boston, about a 2.25 hour drive ontoo Cape Cod. Easy drives to vermont for skiing. Take a look at Bing maps. Killingworth provides much of the jhome territory for cockaponsett state forest, riddled with horse trails. the Lower CT valley horse club is very active in trail maintenance and legal and local issues pereserving land use for horses. You are also accessible to lmany ;trainers and farms in CT. Do be sure to give Killingworth area of CT a look. Misty Blue lives in this town, so you can ask her about it too. I board at Top Cat farm on parker hill road extension contiguous to the state forest. Many many farms nearby. I think every 4 homes has horses. You could do very well price wise, as I said, as well. Good luck, keep reporting your progress!

            Killingworth is one town "in" from the coastal towns - the towns on the coast are a bit more pricey - Branford, Guilfrod, Madison, Clinton, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, but a town north of them finds good more rural property. Anopther good horse town to look abtwould be Bethany, north of another good town, Woodbridge. Probably find more property for your money in Bethany.

            If you are looking in CT, realize that property in Fairfield County is double what it would be in New Haven County (the woddbridge, bethany areas) and three times Middlessex county (the Killingworth/Westbrook area). So don't let anything you investigage in fairfiedl county set you against CT).
            Airborne? Oh. Yes, he can take a joke. Once. After that, the joke's on you.


            • #7
              What kind of riding? And what price range?


              • #8
                Originally posted by Plain Jane View Post
                Ocala, Florida
                Wellington, Florida
                Alpharetta, Georgia
                Aiken, South Carolina
                Middleburg, Virginia

                Soooo many options!
                If you like humidity and bugs IMHO...

                You need to check out land prices, taxes, and how they will tax any retirement income 1st.

                Do you want seasonal weather changes and some snow?
                Do you like flat and sand versuses topsoil and hills?
                Do you compete, whats the discipline?
                Do want to ride off the property near public trails?


                • #9
                  How about Massachusetts?
                  1.5 hrs. to Boston, 2 hrs. to Cape Cod, 1 hr. to the Berkshires.
                  34 acres & lovely home, completely turn-key, crazy low taxes & hayfield turn-outs.
                  Surrounded by organic farms and conservation land.
                  Price just reduced by $100k.

                  PM me if MA is interesting to you


                  • #10
                    How much money do you have? Some of the locations mentioned are QUITE pricey.
                    Last edited by nightsong; May. 26, 2011, 03:04 AM. Reason: add


                    • #11
                      Keep going east until you hit the central coast of CA. As long as you look south, you'll have the ocean on the "right" side!!


                      • #12
                        Ocala, FL.


                        • #13
                          atlatl!!! That's the right way to think! I mean, east is east, right?
                          Airborne? Oh. Yes, he can take a joke. Once. After that, the joke's on you.


                          • #14
                            Ocala, in a minute.
                            I have lived all over most of the east coast, in OK now, and even some time further west/CA.
                            Grew up in KY. North of Lex and Louisville. That would be my second pick.


                            • #15
                              Might be helpful if I actually put the link in the post - duh.

                              There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams


                              • #16
                                Check out northeastern Maryland. I am
                                • 60 mins from Baltimore
                                • 60 mins from Philly
                                • 2 hours from DC
                                • close to Devon, Fair Hill, Radnor, PG Equestrian Center, Stone Tavern
                                • 2 hours from the beach
                                • still fairly rural

                                Oh and within an hour I have at least 7 tack stores
                                "As soon as you're born you start dyin'
                                So you might as well have a good time"


                                • #17
                                  Another Ocala FL fan here. Never thought I would move from New England, but LOVE it here and the bugs are MUCH less than they were in MA. Tack shops galore, horse trailers everywhere (1st time I went to Lowes there were 2 large gooseneck trailers with horses tied out to the sides of them lol). Just a real horse culture here and plenty of culture as well.


                                  • #18
                                    I third (or is that fourth?) Ocala. Hundreds of farms, every breed you could want. Horse activities all the time, tack shops, feed stores. Heck, horses are even often on the front page of the Ocala Star Banner.

                                    I go nearly every Sunday morning to the beach. So it really is a wonderful place. And having lived up north, those stifling summers up there are far worse than in Florida. And the winters....aaaaahhhhh. Ever pick tomatoes on Christmas? I have.


                                    • #19
                                      OK, so you have me interested

                                      Mr P has mentioned FL as a "retirement" location. I HATED the idea...I don't do hurricane evacuation areas. I was thinking of Sedona or Sante Fe but he likes to fish. So, how do hurricanes affect the area?
                                      I wasn't always a Smurf
                                      Penmerryl Sophie RIDSH
                                      "I ain't as good as I once was but I'm as good once as I ever was"
                                      The ignore list is my friend. It takes 2 to argue.


                                      • #20
                                        I was here in 2004 when we were in the crosshairs of 4 hurricanes. I didnt even have a tree down, tho we did lose power all 4 times. I got a generator to make sure I wouldnt lose electric again for an extended time (lost it for a week, since I live on the edge of the county, the least populated area). Of course since then Ive never even had to take the generator out of the box. It seems every year some part of the country is getting a beating...this year its Tornado year.