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  • #41
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    Black Dog Farm Connemaras & Sport Horses
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    • #42
      Any one in or around St.Augustine FLA I would love to move down we went on vaca a few times and I am smitten with the place any words of advice on property and boarding costs?


      • #43
        My only advice-Stay away from Miami! Stay in the Northern parts of Florida or at least North of Ft. Lauderdale!!!


        • #44
          Originally posted by KimPeterson:
          We have 20 acres - also I would be looking at 10-20 acre farms down there nothing too big. I can't live far from the ocean I could never live in the middle or mid section of the country just for the horses, I am use to going to the beach sometimes on the weekends and my husband is a surfer We have also looked into Northern California KIM
          My fiance's sis lives in Flagler Beach on the beach and she surfs. Better surfing on the east coast of Florida then the west, that's for sure! And from Anthony, which is 15 minutes north of downtown Ocala, it takes us about an an hour and 45 minutes to get to her place.


          • #45
            we live in ocala and it takes us 2 hrs. to get to st.augestine beach. just wonderful. i have lived on the beach most of my life, and living here with the farm and being able to go away for the day (if you can) is great! i love florida, i do not do cold, anything below 50 pretty much does it for me unless i have to be outside.i hate the cold! i like the heat, just ride early or put up lights and ride late. no problems

            ride it like you stole it! "ralph hill"


            • #46
              I moved to Orlando for college and liked it until I turned about 21... and now I want out. I plan on moving to NC in about 2 years.

              I know the '04 hurricane season was unusual for central florida but I lost my power for two weeks during Charley, five days during Frances and a day during Jeanne. My boyfriend's house got trashed after Charley and beat more after Frances and Jeanne-- and this past season one of his condo conversions got destroyed by Wilma down south (he does real estate investment and only makes money when its done). When I woke up two weeks ago, it was 10 degrees warmer in Chicago than it was in Orlando. Its so humid during the summer you walk outside and you feel wet because the air condensates on your body. It rains on cue everyday during the summer and when it rains during the winter it lasts for days.

              I. Want. Out.
              aka Amanda
              "For by the love that guides my pen, I know great horses live again."


              • #47
                another vote for AL over FL. the hurricane risks are minimal compared to FL, and I hate to tell you this, but it's hot as hell everywhere down here from mid June to late Sept or later. I Mean Hot As Hell. Oh, and it's Humid, Too. Very.

                As for thinking you'll adjust: I was born and raised here, and I still don't glisten like a girl, I sweat like a you know what but I'll take hot over snow.

                2-3 hours one way to Atlanta, Jackson (MS), Nashville, etc: so there are shows within reach, and a smallish but committed horse industry. It ain't all bad.


                • #48
                  Nah, you DON'T want to move to Florida. We have bugs. Big roaches with wings that fly. We have snakes. All kinds, including poisonous ones. We have gators. We have mosquitos. We have love bugs that eat the paint off of your car. It's so stinkin' hot in the summer that you have to feed at 5am and be finished riding by 9am. You can fry an egg on your truck hood by noon.

                  Just got a notice yesterday from St. John's water management district. We now have mandatory water conservation. No watering the lawn or pasture, except two days a week for only a couple of hours. No washing your car whenever it pleases you. Fines will be up to $1000.

                  We have horrible hurricanes and tornados and thunderstorms. In 2004 my area had 4 hurricanes roar through. Lost power for a week two of the times. No power, no gasoline. No power, no open stores...

                  Nope, you really don't want to move here. There are 1000 people per day moving to FL. Our water systems won't handle them. Nope, you would not like it...

                  My favorite bumper sticker: "Leaving FL? Take a friend."

                  Just kidding... except for the facts.

                  Oakleigh Sporthorses Sale Horses


                  • #49
                    Well, I was born in Florida, Jacksonville to be exact, spent a few years of my youth there and then lived many years in Virginia. Moved back to Florida for a period of time, then ventured out to the NW. As far as I'm concerned, the region I live in now is heaven compared to anything in the east. I couldn't stand the traffic and the rude drivers, the trash at every intersection, the crime, the pollution, the lack of a peaceful and quiet place to retreat to. Even in the country you still had your fill of the good 'ol boys racing up and down the roads late at night. Hiking trails were almost as busy as the malls. Find a nice spot on the beach, maybe in your dreams. When it rains, everything floods, then you get to deal with the bugs, and that humidity! That alone is enough to make one go postal!

                    Well, as you can see, I'm not a big fan of Flor-duh, or much of the southeast for that matter. Every time I visit family, I can't wait to get on the plane back to my real home, the inland NW!
                    Secretplace Farm - Raising fine paint hunters since 1987


                    • #50
                      We have bugs. Big roaches with wings that fly.
                      OMG yes! Folks try to poo-poo them off as just being Palmeto bugs. A huge flying roach is a huge flying roach, I do not care what you try to fancifully call it!


                      • #51
                        Florida bugs. You will all love this: Right before I moved to FL, I bought a convertible. Yep. Dream car. A VW Cabriolet. I couldn't wait to get there with my great car to be with my then fiance so we could walk the beach hand in hand (cue the romantic music in my head).

                        Guess what happened when I took the top down on the car? I'll give you a hint- It was "love bug" season. Yep. Love bugs everywhere. In my hair. In my car. You name it. Attack of the love bugs! I also figured out that rain showers pop up nearly everyday with little warning. That equals wet car and passengers.

                        Guess what? I sold the car about 4 months after I moved there for a truck that could handle when the streets flood over during any amount of rain. So much for my tropical dreams.


                        • #52
                          Originally posted by AppJumpr08:
                          Thanks for all the responses! Ok, so what about NC/SC vs. Georgia then? I don't have much interest in PA/VA/MD because there is still winter and they're so STINKIN expensive!!!
                          Keep talkin' this is helping me out tons!
                          You are looking in the wrong part of PA. I'm in central PA, ten years ago you could still buy good land (some open,some wooded) for $1500-$2000 an acre. It has recently gone up to $5000-$6000 an acre here because of increased influx of Amish, but there are plenty of counties north of Interstate 80 with cheaper farmland. Amish aren't interested in most of it because its not Limestone ground.

                          Hay is $2 a bale here for a 40-50 lb bale of good timothy. I never buy alfalfa, but I'm sure its available for probably twice the price of Timothy.

                          We picked this spot because of the large State Forest (right in the middle of three big ones)for riding, hiking, biking, hunting and fishing we all love to do. There is no nightlife (if there is, I sleep thru it) and the closest mall is 45 miles away. There is more and more horse stuff in this area every day.

                          Yes, we do have winters, some mild like this one, some not so nice. Personally, I love the change of seasons, the relief from bugs, and the horses do too. But I can see why people become snowbirds. I might do that in my older years.

                          I'm not advising a move to PA, but I couldn't let it stand that this whole state is so expensive. Get a couple of hours away from Philly or Harrisburg, and its a whole nother world, not just in prices, but in attitude too. There are some amazingly beautiful places in PA that get very little press. Rendell is changing that with his 'Pennsylvania Wilds' campaign.
                          Facta non verba


                          • #53
                            Originally posted by MissintheSouth:
                            My only advice-Stay away from Miami! Stay in the Northern parts of Florida or at least North of Ft. Lauderdale!!!
                            Well I am in Miami (Homestead) and I can second this. The only thing we have grown reliably in the 10+ years I have been here is HOUSES. The government officials are he$$ bent on playing up to the developers and building houses all the way west to the Everglades WITHOUT proper planning for schools (which are terrible and overcrowded), water resources and septic. Also with all the new asphalt and housing, water has no where to drain so we get flooding regularly in some areas after a heavy rain and in many more areas after a storm like Katrina (which was very wet. Unfortunately, the Miami scenario is rapidly and readily being adopted by many communities (even in central/northern Florida). Also, the cost of living is steadily increasing but salaries are not. You cannot buy a 2-3 bedroom home on a small lot in this area for the most part for <$350,000-$500,000. I can put up with the bugs, gators, heat but I am soon not going to be able to deal with the traffic, rude people, cost, hurricanes. Another consideration besides sand colic, skin rot and other joys is anhydrosis (non-sweaters). It is quite common for horses to develop this in Florida and other Gulf Coast areas. It means you don't get to ride your horse much for about 1/2 of the year anyway--have fans in the stall, have them stalled etc. You also get to buy a lot of OneAC and have a beer with your horse I would like to move...

                            OP- have you considered the western US? Colorado or New Mexico? Where I lived in CO it was sunny most of the time, winter temps in the day were usually in the 40's or 50's-- rarely had snow cover (on the front range of the rockies N of Denver). Summers could get into the 90's but it was dry so did not feel so ugly.


                            • #54
                              My sister in law live in Willmington NC And loves it. Says the weather is perfect! I have heard Tennessee is lovely as well. I do like the chage of seasons, Right now at the end of winter, I so look forward to those first green shoots coming up!!


                              • Original Poster

                                Zipsmom - I have considered the west... but I was born in Maine and would like to be somewhere near the East coast still.. a move all the way across the country is a bit too far for me...even though I think I would like the weather out there best! (I Know, I know..doesn't make much sense but as long as I have family in maine and mass, that's how I'll feel!)

                                I am an eventer - what is the event scene like in TN and Alabama? Not much to mention, or am I skipping over events there in my mind?


                                • #56
                                  My sister has lived in FL for 20 yrs, first in West Palm and for the last 6 years in Port Charlotte. Guess what? For all of the reasons that have been mentioned she has sold her property and is , as we speak, on her way to TN.


                                  • #57
                                    All things considered, I'd rather be in the equine boonies of north GA. That heat, humidity, and bug trio is brutal
                                    Posts: 2370 | Location: South GA | Registered: Mar. 07
                                    BeastieSlave, come on up here. We have nice people, pretty country, (some of it is still not too expensive) and I know of 2 hunter jumper barns. One is just getting started, and is owned by a really good friend of my husband. The other is 8 miles from my house and is new too. I don't know anything about them, except that they havea pretty set up and a website www.drycreekstables.com.
                                    Ohh, and the house and 2 acres next to me is for sale for 98K

                                    She may not have changed the stars from their courses, but she loved a good man, and she rode good horses….author unknown


                                    • #58
                                      Originally posted by Oakleigh:
                                      Nah, you DON'T want to move to Florida. We have bugs. Big roaches with wings that fly. We have snakes. All kinds, including poisonous ones. We have gators. We have mosquitos. We have love bugs that eat the paint off of your car. It's so stinkin' hot in the summer that you have to feed at 5am and be finished riding by 9am. You can fry an egg on your truck hood by noon.
                                      There was a 3.5ish foot gator in the pond outside my apartment building--animal control said he was too small, they won't catch them. > There's this guy who I guess does it for fun though and sat outside at night with bait, catches them and brings them to gator friendly areas.
                                      aka Amanda
                                      "For by the love that guides my pen, I know great horses live again."


                                      • #59
                                        wow1 florida sounds perfect for me!!!

                                        1) I'm an entomologist/wildlife biologist... those bugs? gators? bring em on! they will be in a vial of acetate faster thenyou can say BUG! and pinned in my living room!

                                        2) heat? hellll yeah! june to sept its hot? so what? its FREEZING here october-April, then you get the mud... dear lord the mud....

                                        3)palm trees!!!

                                        "wise men never play leap frog with unicorns"


                                        • #60
                                          I saw a job for you Gov't state job too So the pay is good Check it out on the USA jobs website if you are thinking of heading to FL. I half want to sell out and GOGOGOG Now but my husband has to finish his duties and employment contract up here at Thomas Jefferson Unvi. as soon as he is done, a packing we will go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!