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Update: Moving from Michigan to Apopka, FL (right outside of Orlando)-where to board?

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    #21
    Thanks for the input! We are moving down over Labor Day weekend, so will plan to start looking around then. Also, the barn that I boarded at in Michigan didn't require full vaccines/worming depending on fecal samples and health/age of horse and how long they have been receiving vaccines. My horse is also barefoot. Are there any barns that would be a little less rigid on vaccine/worming requirements? And, what are the minimum vaccine requirements in Florida?

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    • #22
      I find it amusing when people say you just MUST have a covered arena to ride in the summer down here. It's all about what you're used to, I guess.

      When I lived in Ohio, I boarded, and ALWAYS boarded somewhere with an indoor arena, because otherwise you can't ride 2/3 of the year. Spring is too wet, winter too cold + snow and ice are a hindrance. Summer was mostly doable outside, if you were okay with being dive-bombed by huge horse flies, but I usually rode inside in the summer too because um no thanks on the dive-bombs. I really only rode outside consistently in the fall, which I hated, I much prefer riding outside. I've been in Florida for ~2.5 years, in Ocala, and covered arenas are rare from what I see. I have my own farm now, without a covered arena, and can happily ride year round. Sure, the sun is brutal in the summer, so I usually ride around 7pm in the summer, or cover up with a sun shirt and wide brim on my helmet. But honestly, the flies and horse flies are WAY less than they ever were in summers/fall in Ohio. Fall, Winter, and Spring are beautiful and easy to ride outside. IMO, anyway, and my farm is sandy soil so it is extremely well drained. No problem to ride during or immediately after a downpour, especially since I put my grass "arena" at the top of a little hill.

      Yes, November should be good weather to ship them down. That's when we moved in 2016, it was a super easy trip for them (Brook Ledge).

      CenturyLink is also the only internet available at my house, and I can only get max 8 mbps. I work from home. It's not awful, but I definitely cannot do my work easily if someone is also playing video games or watching a streamed movie.

      Florida requires yearly vaccinations, but I haven't found anything that specifies exactly which ones, just whatever your vet recommends for your area. Most vets recommend vaccs every six months down here, however, because there is no real winter to kill off the bugs for a few months.

      I do not know of any state specified deworming requirements. Typically you don't have to deworm in the summer because it's too hot for them to survive.
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      • #23
        Have you found a barn to board at? I would recommend where I board, but we are always full with a waiting list (in Sorrento, RK Farm). I ride with Marcea Funk at Rocking Horse. One of my former Pony Clubbers and Marcea's working student has taken over running the barn, while Marcea is just teaching.
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        • #24
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          Florida requires yearly vaccinations, but I haven't found anything that specifies exactly which ones, just whatever your vet recommends for your area. Most vets recommend vaccs every six months down here, however, because there is no real winter to kill off the bugs for a few months.

          I do not know of any state specified deworming requirements. Typically you don't have to deworm in the summer because it's too hot for them to survive.
          I do not believe Florida "requires" vaccinations - just a Coggins test every 12 mos. As for vaccinations, take your vets advice. Many boarding barns require vaccines. In general (in my experience) strangles is only given if you regularly compete at big shows with lots of ship ins. Most of my friends do a 6 mos cycle,and if you compete some shows require certain vaccines within 6 months of the event. Here is a great chart from a vet in the Tampa area: http://www.keystoneequine.com/What_Y...d_To_Know.html

          Regarding worming in the summer, while it is true the eggs cannot survive in the manure if it is spread and its over 90 degrees, they certainly DO survive inside the horse. Many of my friends worm on egg counts; some barns I know require worming on a schedule.

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          • #25
            Katie Freeman is also in Apopka. Haven’t been to her barn in years but see her and her students out and about at the shows. Might be worth looking into...Delta Equestrian is in Sorrento, may be a little far for you to commute but I know she has a few lesson and lease horses that are fun and kind.. A few different trainers frequent there for lessons, Hilda Donahue is one of them. Windsong is close to you and a lovely facility with friendly people and horses

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            • #26
              Claudia Heath is in Apopka off of Rock Springs as well. She has some very nice lesson/lease horses, and the care is wonderful.

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                #27
                Awesome! Thanks everyone! We are moving down over Labor Day weekend and plan to move my horse in November, so don’t plan to look at any barns until after we move. But we will be right off Rock Springs road, and would love to be able to keep him right down the street! 😁

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