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Who lives in Oklahoma? If you could help with a few questions :)

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  • Who lives in Oklahoma? If you could help with a few questions :)

    Looking into relocating to Tulsa area. Would need to buy a farm as we have several retired horses in addition to a few that we ride. I'm a H/J and fox hunter. The husband team ropes.

    I have horse keeping questions specific to the area.
    Is an indoor arena necessary? Summer or winter.
    How concerned should I be about tornados?
    How many acres per horse would I need to maintain grass pasture?
    I know it gets hot but hows the humidity
    Anything else to consider?


  • #2
    Hello SparkyBoy, I'm from Tulsa but have not lived there in decades. To answer some of your questions, it might be helpful to know where you live now, just for comparison.
    Indoor: growing up, I remember that every trainer had an indoor. Sometimes really small, but they had something, so that they could teach when it rained (common in the spring and summer) and of course, it is cold in the winter. Some of us kept horses at home, so we just toughed it out. And in the summer, it keeps the sun off of you, which is nice.
    Tornados: Less of an issue in central Tulsa than in the OKC general area. Believe it or not, I lived there for 17 years and never had a tornado in Tulsa. Maybe lucky?
    Acres/horse: can't answer this one.
    Humidity: this one is really relative. Not as bad as the Midwest. You will always have some wind.

    The plus: LOTS of horses in Oklahoma. LOTS. Not H/J, but lots of equines. Best wishes with your relocation!


    • Original Poster

      Thanks. I'm in Iowa now. I have an indoor and would not survive winter without one. We are looking to live somewhere a little warmer. Winter is really wearing us down here.

      We get tornados here but I always think of OK having BIG ones.


      • #4
        An indoor isn't necessary, but if you ride in an arena, all weather footing is. In the winter, it can take a week to dry out.

        Do you want the horses to be able to graze or be fully sustained by pasture without supplemental hay? I have 3 horses on 1.5 acres. There is plenty of grass, but I throw hay too.

        I've lived in OK for 20 years and have never used a storm shelter.

        I bet Iowa and Tulsa have comparable humidity levels.

        Good luck with the move. Iowa winters are brutal!


        • #5
          It's all in perspective. I'm from Texas and I'd 100% want an indoor. We have a covered now and it is absolutely necessary.
          My adventures as a working rider


          • Original Poster

            Originally posted by Nickelodian View Post
            It's all in perspective. I'm from Texas and I'd 100% want an indoor. We have a covered now and it is absolutely necessary.
            For summer heat or winter snow/rain?


            • #7
              Tulsa has 2 A rated hunter/jumper shows on the calendar of USEA's website. April 17-21, April 24-28. Guthrie (North of OK City) has 2 A rated shows in May 9-12 & Sept 19-22.

              A good rule for grazing is 2 acres per horse of established pasture but that does require fertilizer and weed prevention but the pasture should remain in good growth until 1st frost.


              • #8
                This year yes an indoor is needed. But it's been one of the wettest years on record. Usually not a big deal. I would be happy with great footing that drained appropriately or a covered. Complete indoor not necessary

                really don't worry about tornados. I've lived here most of my life and have gone to the shelter once. My parents were hit by a spin up from the el Reno one and a few friends had severe damage but horses had at most minor injuries.

                About 2 acres over horse of turned out all the time is about right. I had just under am acre per horse at my old place and with half day turnout it stayed decent but not great.

                Amd welcome!