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    Hello! I posted awhile back asking for details on living in/around Lexington and received some lovely advice! My husband has received a job offer so the looking will begin in earnest! Exciting yet scary! We're still figuring out our budget but will probably have an idea of that next week. He's going to be working in the southern part of Lexington. After we've looked over the counties and learned more (thank you to everyone who has replied!!!) we are willing to look in Woodford and Bourbon and are rethinking living as far out as we'd originally considered.

    So ...
    Any experiences with commuting from around Lexington to send my way???

    Any suggestions on best realtors? Horsey realtors especially appreciated.

    Any advice on areas to avoid? What about land - is there worse or better weather in any of those counties? I am planning on contacting the county extension agent in the counties if we find property we like to walk it with us and discuss its strength/weaknesses, etc. We'll also be doing soil samples probably. We are looking for strong healthy pastures as we'd be developing a sport horse breeding program wherever we buy. I heard from someone Lexington is a bit wet so is that mostly Fayette county or does that extend to outward counties?

    Again, really any thoughts you'd like to extend towards someone new to the area would be greatly appreciated!!

    ETA that we are also open to renting at first so any suggestions for FB groups to join, emailing lists, etc. ways to check for horse farm rentals would be fantastic!
    Last edited by spirithorse22; Jun. 18, 2019, 07:01 PM.

  • #2
    I live in Lou and don't know enough about Lex to give you much advice, but I do recommend joining the "Kentucky Riding Lessons, Horse Boarding, Training, and Equestrian Events" page on Facebook, as well as the "Lexington Kentucky Equine Community" group. Both should be great resources for you. Best of luck in your move!


    • #3
      I lived in Henry, northeast of Franklin. Half of Franklin is hilly, I lived with my MIL and it was only 13 miles to Frankfort, lots of people commuted from there but the road was too twisty for my SIL so she moved out, and I did night shift at that time with a 45 mile commute to north Lex and decided to bail as well. Though I kept my horses here at my home in Northern Scott it is also too hilly, although several of my neighbors keep horses it is very easy to tear up your pastures, siting any structure can be hard and mowing has a learning curve, if you mow at all.
      You are in direct competition with the housing/developer dollar when you have land that lays well and is close to a city or the freeway. That makes Washington county the cheapest, also the furthest away or most difficult commute. It also does not appear to have any chain stores so goods and services may require driving. Madison is freeway accessible and we had a cother that lived there, but she had some complaints about the availability of goods and services, with the exception of her vet, Park Equine of Paris. Obviously they had a wide service area, she referred me for dentistry, they came all the way to my home and did a most satisfactory job. I had a coworker who came up 75 and generally had no trouble.
      Mercer is next furthest and 62 into town has got a nasty twisty section over the river, but the north/south 127 will take you to Versailles road and into Lex. It has heavy traffic during rush hour but nothing like LA, or most major metros. IMO 127 is safer than the freeways as it is patrolled for speeding, and unsafe driving. The interstates are subject to tailgating and for some reason people lose control for no apparent reason. Ice and snow I understand and they are quite hazardous here, but on a dry sunny day?

      Weatherwise the two tv stations Wlex and Wkyt use the freeways as landmarks, either north or south of 64 or east or west of 75. Mostly all your selections are going to be as wet as Lexington, though in the winter the further north you go there is more snow. They will show the air mass from Canada and predict the temperatures in ranges, how far south each range will come, probably the same as any weather station on the east coast. Snow here doesn't stick and they sort of depend on that so most counties don't have a real strong snow removal presence, not like the heavy snow states. They tell me that 20 years ago in my area they used a road grader, didn't have a dedicated plow. It's a bit better now but our current governor is saving money by plowing and salting less so the state routes, that used to be the best, really were horrible last year. 2015 we had two days of 13 inch snowfall but since then 2 to 3 inches max with melting in between. They do use salt here, the other choice is slush with sand, the first your car goes to pieces after ten years, the second it might go to pieces immediately when you slither into a ditch. Your choice.

      it can be quite windy here, yesterday it was blustery winds and thunderstorms, but today it is low 80's and calm. They say Father's Day will be sopping wet, tomorrow is supposed to be like today.
      Unfortunately I don't know any equine focused realtors, there can be a little disconnect between a horse farm for the TB industry and what works for the rest of us.
      Last edited by ReSomething; Jun. 14, 2019, 05:31 PM. Reason: Ipad hates me.
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      • #4
        I've lived in 2 of these counties and am familiar with the others. The ground is very rocky, uneven, hilly and there are sinkholes everywhere. Did I mention rocky. Definitely walk the ground mowed. The roads are mostly very narrow with no shoulders and hilly and curvy. They drop off on the sides and majority have no guard rail. When you find a realtor let them know which of these you want to stay away from. There are some areas not too far away, near Shelbyville, that have much nicer ground. That land is worth much more.


        • #5
          I should probably mention the mud. The ground here is clay like. Very sticky and deep and takes a while to dry. When it dries, it is really hard. The weather can be very wet, sometimes it just won't stop raining. Then again sometimes there's a chance of rain for days in a row and it barely rains. It is very humid here, even when it's not raining. I would plan on hauling in a lot of sand for arenas, round pens, equisizers (sp). And around here when you say sand, everyone thinks of Class I sand. It's limestone dust that packs down like concrete. When we say sand, we mean river sand. This is all stuff we've learned from experience.


          • #6
            It IS clay, even if the maps call it loam, and the roads aren't ALL that bad, they have guard rails in Scott and Franklin, though mostly on the roads with a dividing line, and there are plenty that don't have that.
            I think I would take Boyle county as Danville the county seat has Centre College and a large enough population to support services, or Harrison county, Cynthiana was a wealthy town in tobacco days though it is going a little to seed now, the land lays very nicely, to the point where you have to worry about flooding and ponding, over Washington county. I recall it being quite hilly.
            Shelbyville is really nice, in Shelby county, on the interstate halfway in between Lou and Lex and you are really going to pay for that. Several saddlebred places there. And my friend lives outside of Baghdad, has her two horses on five acres. Looks nice, rolling country. Of course around here saddle horses are expected to get by in barbed wire pastures, penned in a corner of the shop. Show and racehorses get the nicer, pricier digs.
            if you are looking online don't trust united country to keep their listings current and be aware that properties outside of Lex do not appear to have an MLS so you need to go to the agency to see what is available. Or select an area and look for yard signs and hope the phone number is good. My MIL used to say that KY was still in the 70's and in many ways she was right.
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            • #7
              Our first farm was in Washington County very close to the Mercer County line. There are a lot of great little places in that area and also places that are not great for horse keeping so you really have to see each individual farm. When we sold our farm we used Mike Inman with Coldwell Banker and I highly recommend him for that area.


              I loved living in that area, yes we drove a bit to get to stores and the big chains are far but all my neighbors were wonderful people.

              There is not a big change in weather in my opinion across those areas. So I wouldn't worry about that.

              The biggest issue that you will face is finding good topography for horses. Our farm was honestly not the best pick, hilly and rocky. There is a LOT of that in the area, BUT there ae also nice places too. Feel free to PM me if you have specific questions or want other recommendations. We moved almost 6 years ago and I miss the area a lot!


              • #8
                I live in Anderson County by Lawrenceburg and our property is flat and good soil but the fencer we had come in said it was the first job he had had in Anderson county that didn't require going through rock to get the posts set. We have had one sink hole about 8-12 feet across that appeared in our side yard by the rail road tracks. once it got to this size it doesn't appear to be growing at all but it is IMPOSSIBLE to fill in. 3x filling it overflowing with dirt, 2-3 full sized round bales, various other natural attempts. but at this point it is jus twhat it will be

                Let me know if you need any other info at all!


                • #9
                  Originally posted by BigPaintHorse View Post
                  I live in Anderson County by Lawrenceburg
                  We must practically be neighbors Shoot me a PM sometime!

                  OP, we've chatted by PM and FB a bit. My farm is hilly and somewhat rocky, but IMO is super for my breeding program. I like them all moving up and down hills and working across varying footing. I think it builds strong bone and muscle, good balance, etc. It is NOT great for working horses, so I do a lot of that elsewhere


                  • #10
                    asb, where do you work yours? We haul to a friend's indoor when our arena is water logged. It's so generous of them and we love to hang out and practice with them. It's just that with a very busy schedule it can get exhausting. I'm not going to complain about the opportunity though and they are great people! But i just wondered if there was somewhere close by that was a best kept secret. It's really frustrating to have 6-7 head that need to be worked all week and not have an indoor when the weather doesnt cooperate. Maybe one day!


                    • #11
                      I used to live in Lincoln County so just south of there. I would also suggest northern Garrard County, Boyle County, and the Richmond area. Basically, look at how convenient it is to reach Hwy 27, Hwy 127, 75, The Bluegrass Parkway, and Versailles Rd if you are looking south of Lexington. If it is close to one of those routes, the commute should be more doable than if you have to drive a bit to get to one of those roads. Land will be cheaper in Garrard or Lincoln County but, depending on where in Lexington, that will be a bit of a commute. From northern Garrard though, it's mostly four lane.
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                        Originally posted by asb_own_me View Post
                        OP, we've chatted by PM and FB a bit. My farm is hilly and somewhat rocky, but IMO is super for my breeding program. I like them all moving up and down hills and working across varying footing. I think it builds strong bone and muscle, good balance, etc. It is NOT great for working horses, so I do a lot of that elsewhere
                        Yes! I agree, I think hills and rolling pastures are really helpful for raising young horses. Considering that is my interest, I am definitely open to those kinds of properties.

                        Any other experience with realtors???


                        • #13
                          My friend at work lived in Richmond and our commute was only a mile difference at 30-31. He was a quarter mile from the freeway off ramp and I had two miles of one and a half lane road that floods too often and two miles of nice road to the freeway, 4 miles. He traveled north and I traveled south on 75 but I got off at the horse park and went down 25, and took about ten minutes longer than he did, I would leave 45 minutes to get to work and get there right at my start time, but he got stuck in road work more often than I did. I don't care for Garrard county but only because 27 runs right to the Fayette mall and god help you if it's Christmas or a big shopping weekend. 27 is also a straight shot to U.K. And central baptist hospital which are both really busy, Nicholasville road (27) inside the circle has reversible lanes to help accommodate traffic at peak times. When I lived outside of Franklin I would be in Frankfort in half an hour and then take another half hour to negotiate 421. It was dangerous as I was a shift worker falling asleep at the wheel.
                          I worked just outside the circle at g'town road and for me the northern properties made more sense from a commute standpoint. Ultimately I took lateral transfers to get as close to home as possible so any direction would have worked for my home at that point, but the school system here has great potential for the right kids.
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                          • #14
                            Good lord I lived in Lex for a few years as a young child and don't remember all these issues? We boarded our horses at the time and I did PC, but where we boarded I remember acres of bluegrass, flat, etc... Man. Maybe time clouds the memory or something. It certainly doesn't sound like a nice place to keep horses now?
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