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Equestrian communities ... anyone live in one? Happy with it?

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  • Equestrian communities ... anyone live in one? Happy with it?

    Disclaimer: I've yet to come across a home in an equestrian community that we could afford, but that doesn't stop me looking.

    Anyone lived in one of these? Were you happy with it, specifically the equestrian amenities? How did it work?

    Seems like the few I've heard about have been disasters ... run by people with limited/no horse experience or knowledge and facilities that start out looking great but are either not maintained or weren't designed with the horse (and the equine caretakers) in mind.

    Full-time bargain hunter.

  • #2
    I have heard of one such community in NM that was not doing too good, but when that was mentioned a while back here, one administrator came in posting that they were doing fine, thank you.

    I don't know anyone living here, but this one I have heard is doing well and opening a second community North of Dallas:


    They are drawing from a much greater group of prospective clients in their areas than the one in NM was, that may make a difference.

    I don't know, as you get very busy, or older and need to cut back, such communities may make keeping horses and doing things with them and others more manageable than trying to do it on your own with a sketchy support system.

    Other than that, boarding outright and living in your own place not tied to any one special interest group may appeal to you more.


    • #3
      My goal is to be in one around Aiken SC within the next 7 years. Preferably Three Runs Plantation. The ones around Aiken seem to be horse people inhabited. Where I've heard of problems arising is when the rich folk want to move to the country to watch the pretty ponies in the fields next-door then start griping about the flies, poop, and horses accessing the deeded trials adjacent to "their" property. Before buying in any horse community I'd probably look at a more established one and note the percentage of horse owners and how much horse activity occurs on a daily basis.

      I'm so busy with work that keeping up with a large enough acreage to have your own trails to ride or build/upkeep arenas would be unrealistic. Having a nice tidy 5-10 acre parcel and being able to meander out the back and onto trails would be a dream come true.


      • #4
        It is very new. Not quite my cuppa tea, but pretty ritzy and a lot of rules:




        I think it is marketed to upscale people from the city who want the "country lifestyle".

        Too rich for my blood.
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        • #5
          Isn't that what David O'Connor is into?
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Foxtrot's View Post
            Isn't that what David O'Connor is into?
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Foxtrot's View Post
              Isn't that what David O'Connor is into?
              Sold his name to !
              ... _. ._ .._. .._


              • #8
                We have lived in an equestrian community in VA for about 20 years, and really like it. There are deeded trails to a local park. Some have been closed off because the neighbors are unwilling to take on a legal battle, but most are open. There is a community barn owned and run by 13 owners from within the neighborhood. Outside boarders are kept there as well as a few neighborhood horses. Most people in the neighborhood keep their horses in their own back yards. I think this is a key to success. I can't imagine everyone getting along if we all kept our horses at the community barn. At this point, I think only 1/3 of our neighbors have horses. Suburbia is encroaching and our neighborhood is aging. Their are more horses and dogs here than children. I hope we can keep the neighborhood going as a horse neighborhood in future years.


                • #9
                  There are some around Ocala that look really nice. I know somebody who lives in one and loves it. I suspect I would love it too if I had moolah! =) I guess I'm stuck up here in the sand woods though!
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                  • #10
                    have heard that this one s successful

                    It's on my list of retirement possibilities
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by carolprudm View Post
                      have heard that this one s successful

                      It's on my list of retirement possibilities
                      That is the one I heard had troubles, but when we were commenting on that, someone from there came in to say the problems were solved, they were doing fine now.

                      I think many business have google alerts when their name is mentioned.
                      They can come in then and promote what they sell, goods or services, or do damage control if someone is saying anything less than favorable.

                      I hope they are making it go, it is a good idea and would serve some horsemen that would like that kind of set up.


                      • #12
                        I have an acquaintance who lives in a very upscale equestrian community on the east coast of Florida.
                        I have never seen the facilities, but it is my understanding that they are very happy w/ it. They've said everything is very nice, and it is great to have beachfront property to ride on.


                        • #13
                          As in anything, these types of communities can be good or bad.
                          I have lived in two and both had problems.

                          Read the covenants of any community you might consider very closely. The devil is in the details.


                          • #14
                            i've been looking too but the cost and rules make me wary.
                            otoh, i really want to live in community with horse owners when i am older.
                            it's a conundrum for sure.
                            my barn owner has a thousand acres of conserved land for riding and a few lots for sale. none of the lots really appeal to me, but i could see myself living close enough to her property that i have places to ride and people to ride with.
                            and if i could build a large enough house i could have a live-in helper too.

                            my girlfriend feels differently----she loves her little suburban house and says she'll be content to board forever with our barn owner.

                            we're likely to both be widows within ten years, so we discuss it quite a lot actually.


                            • #15
                              When I was in college, we played polo at a barn that was in a neighborhood that was meant to be an equestrian community. The homes were all owned by non-horse people, but they all seemed to like the horses. We had a goat that would occasionally get out and go run around the neighborhood. They'd just cheerfully walk him back and shut him in a stall.

                              We always played and had cookouts on weekends and there was a standing invitation for anyone in the neighborhood to come. There were several families with kids who'd bring apples/carrots/mints for the ponies after we'd played. It was always a lot of fun.

                              That said, the barn was leased and run by the college students and really had nothing to do with the neighborhood other than the location.


                              • #16

                                While this place is not totally equestrian-oriented, it has all the amenities.

                                I actually looked at homes there around 4 years ago & still kick myself for not pursuing more energetically one perfect little house w/barn.
                                Now with the RE market in the pits I couldn't sell my place here & make a move there work.

                                Acreages are tiny for the most part - less than 5ac. But the trails, equestrian center & other horse friendliness make it look pretty good to me.
                                Kind of remote - up near Bakersfield - but there is easy access to the freeways and one major airport.
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                                • #17
                                  If it's just an equestrian centered community with sufficient acreage to allow keeping them at home and deeded access to trails? Maybe has a shot.

                                  But if you also are counting on a community arena shared by advocates of various disciplines and selected trainers or outside free lancers???? Total, absolute nightmare.

                                  Most obvious is what if you move, build a barn and find you are sharing the community ring with assorted idiots and they bring in a trainer you hate or that only takes barrel racers or something. And your deed forbids you from building a ring on your own property or bringing in a trainer of your choice?

                                  That's just for starters. The covenants in the deed are in small print for a reason. Plus you may find your neighboors don't take care of their horses, create a basic flypit and it takes 8 months to get before your community board and they table the issue...or the Pres of the board is your neighbor.

                                  Nah, no thanks. You can search on here for many threads have discussed them, the grand plans for them and what actually happened over the years-it's not good.

                                  Also not good is the fact these community associations have gone bankrupt when the developer stopped promised funding or maintainance/repairs when they went bankrupt. And that has happened.
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                                  • #18
                                    l live in Meadow Wood Farms, an equestrian community in Ocala, FL. We don't have a central equestrian facility, but almost everybody in here has horses. Lots range from about an acre up to 10 acres, but average about 5 acres. Houses range from about $100K on an acre on up to about $400K. There are 2 horse/pet sitters that live in the neighborhood. There are some trails, but mostly it's great to live where nobody complains about horse poop on the road or Dakota screaming for his breakfast every morning. Restrictions are fairly mild, no more than 4 dogs and no goats or pigs, but cows and chickens are okay. I've seen every discipline here including driving. Homeowner's dues are only $55 a year. We've been here about a year and I think I've found my last home!
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