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KENTUCKY BB'ers tell me how ya'll like it there? Updated as we've set a move date!

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  • KENTUCKY BB'ers tell me how ya'll like it there? Updated as we've set a move date!

    We're officially hunting for horse property in KY! We are going to be transplanting ourselves and Knowzy.

    As we are native Californians I'd like to know what ya'll like about being in Kentucky. Any dislikes?

    How many acres is your property? Did you look for a long time?


    There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness." - DAVE BARRY

    [This message was edited by INoMrEd on Nov. 13, 2003 at 04:43 PM.]
    Libby

    There is a fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness". - Dave Barry

  • #2
    Transplanted New Yorker (upstate, though) here. We moved here in fall 1996 and it was the best move I ever made (and I have made several).

    There are a huge number of horse jobs here in the Bluegrass, as well as many horse resources. As far as riding, Masterson Station Park is wide open and designed with horses in mind, though the soccer players are trying to take over.

    We did not buy horse property because when we were looking for a house I was horseless. There are a lot of boarding facilities but you have to be careful, some are great, some are good, and some are dreadful.

    Horse property in Fayette County (Lexington) is probably the highest in the state. You can find some better buys in neighboring counties. If you give me an idea of what your horse discipline(s) are, I can maybe point you in the right direction.

    As far as general all-around living, I love it here. Lexington is a small city but with a pretty healthy and well-defined downtown. It is a college town so you have that college-town culture. We have a wonderful Philharmonic orchestra, two ballet companies, and lots of artsy stuff (but no art museum per se). We are six hours from Chicago, and a do-able drive to the Atlantic.

    Let me know if you have kids, I'll clue you in to the school situation.

    One thing: There is DEFINITELY a touch of "southern" in this area. There are huge churches everywhere. People would ask me my religion before they would ask me my name. And don't even ask me about the license plate and the governor!!!!

    Does this help?

    "I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning to sail my ship."
    -Louisa May Alcott
    "My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world." ~ Jack Layton

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    • #3
      Well, I'm in Miami now for law school, but have lived most of my life in KY, with horses, so....
      Being from California, the land price probably won't shock you. Course, it depends on where you buy. My parents have 30 acres about an hour south of Louisville, but they bought it ages ago, with nothing on it, so what they paid won't be relevant.

      You won't appreciate the humidity. It takes some getting used to.
      You won't like the snow/ice storms, which we have our share of.
      You will love the spring, when we have one, and the fall, when we have those.
      You will love the choice of vets, if you live in or around Lex or L'ville. Especially Lex - two major horse hospitals, great vets, plenty to choose from if you don't like the first one.
      Also lots of farriers, though, depending on your discipline, it can take some trial and error to really find one you like!

      Best of luck. If you need names of people, vets, places, etc. give a shout. I'm sure we all have suggestions!

      To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.
      Benjamin Disraeli, Sybil, 1845
      To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.

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      • #4
        The LaGrange,KY area is beautiful. It is about 30 minutes from Louisville, has good schools (if you need that) and LOTS of horse properties. It is a higher price area, but if you are used to paying California prices, it will seem cheap.
        If you can get a property in the L'Esprit area (of LaGrange), there is over 20 miles of trails that wind around all the horse farms.

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        • #5
          I'm a native Californian and love our dry, warm climate. But I've visited Kentucky several times. Honestly, I love it, although I'm sure I haven't experienced the worst of the weather extremes. My main impression is that everything moves very slowly there; different attitude than out here.

          Still, I figure it's horse heaven. Just the grassy Ky. pastures alone made me feel guilty about how my horses are stabled.

          Lord Helpus should chime in here.

          ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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          • #6
            I LOFF it here! My family is originally from the area, but we moved to Chicago when I was 3. As soon as I grad. hs I moved back "home!"

            I'm just outside of Frankfort, about 40 minutes from downtown Lexington. Land is cheaper out here and Lexington is starting to "build up" a bit (we have fewer neighbors "out in the sticks.") LOL

            It is horsey. Not everyone has horses, but they won't stare at you as much when you walk into the grocery store in boots and breeches. Derby time and Keeneland seasons are popular with masses.

            The horse care around here is phenomenal. Great vets and farriers-- extremely knowledgeable and just good people, too. KHP has all kinds of shows throughout the season.

            I'm so happy here, there's no place I'd rather be!

            A note on culture: yes, we are "southern." Don't be shocked if you see a rebel flag on a redneck truck, accompanied by a Nascar number (really, he's probably a nice guy who will help you if your trailer breaks down! .) And if you live in the bluegrass, you MUST be a University of KY fan. It's pretty much the law. And in-state residents say "Loo-uh-vul", not "Louis-ville" or "Looey-ville". )

            ~AJ~
            I've been there...that's why I'm here.
            “A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.”
            ? Albert Einstein

            ~AJ~

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            • #7
              Hey there. I'm back. Now, give this some very careful thought. Do you think you can live with THIS on your car/truck????

              http://gov.state.ky.us/plate/

              Someone somewhere thought this was a good idea. Whatever happened to the nice plate with the Churchill Downs steeples on it? Or the one they are phasing out, with the green rolling land and blue sky and the nice, soft, fluffy cloud in the shape of Kentucky?

              So, that is what we live with here in the Bluegrass.

              All kidding aside, it is pretty country. But as Adamsmom says, the weather takes some getting used to. Oh, and we have an occasional earthquake here (seriously! We are near the New Madrid Fault).

              "I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning to sail my ship."
              -Louisa May Alcott
              "My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world." ~ Jack Layton

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              • #8
                But for a few bucks extra, you can get

                http://www.kentuckyhorse.org/khclp.htm

                (and some of the extra $$ goes to support the KY Horse Council)

                Some cynics speculate that the state introduced that awful design for the regular plates to increase demand for the special plates.

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                • #9
                  <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by hitchinmygetalong:
                  Hey there. I'm back. Now, give this some very careful thought. Do you think you can live with THIS on your car/truck????

                  http://gov.state.ky.us/plate/
                  <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

                  I think that's really cute! I do like the foal plate better, though.

                  "Member of the Western clique"

                  "She's called Lucy because she often has some 'splaining to do."

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                  • #10
                    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by scotchdun:
                    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by hitchinmygetalong:
                    Hey there. I'm back. Now, give this some very careful thought. Do you think you can live with THIS on your car/truck????

                    http://gov.state.ky.us/plate/
                    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

                    I think that's really cute! I do like the foal plate better, though.

                    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

                    People are doing whatever they can to "customize" the tinky winky plate to make it either less repulsive or more meaningful, like the one I saw that had a nice leaf of wacky tabacky plastered over the smiley face. Appropriate, since maryjoowanna is one of the major cash crops out in the hills!

                    My husband paid the extortion fee for the Horse Council plate, but I refused and am now sporting Mr. Tinky Winky. Oh well, I don't have to look at it.

                    Seriously though, Kentucky has its problems, just like any state in the union, but those problems are balanced out by beautiful country, a thriving horse culture, and very nice people.

                    C'mon and visit us sometime!

                    Oh, and don't forget ROLEX!

                    "I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning to sail my ship."
                    -Louisa May Alcott
                    "My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world." ~ Jack Layton

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                    • #11
                      I moved here just over 4 1/2 years ago. I live a bit over an hour south of Lexington. I love it here and hope to stay put. I looked for one year to find my 12 3/4 acres but, I'm on a major budget and didn't want a fixer upper. So, I ended up with a 3 bedroom, brick ranch in good shape with 12 3/4 acres of some fairly level and some rolling land for, should I say it, under $150,000. Disadvantes: it does get a bit humid but no more than PA, I wouldn't mind being a little closer to Lexington but the closer you get to Lexington, the more expensive things become. Since I don't have a trailer, and since I'm still on a major budget, getting lessons has been a little difficult. I hope to resolve those problems within the next year. Anyway, I think it's great here and I just want someone who does good dressage lessons to move close to me.
                      Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Goethe

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                      • #12
                        Oh, and on the license plate; just get farm plates.
                        Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Goethe

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                        • #13
                          We're a bit further north of Lexington, in Boone Co. but still, it is only an hour's drive to the horse park for the shows. This is a VERY horsey area-dressage, hunters, saddlebreds; you name it. We got in early about 20 yrs. ago & now property values have gone through the roof - that is, even if you can find a farm available for sale in the county. We're insulated with woody hills all around the farm, so we'll remain private ... hubby says its time to move on & start over - na-uh! We love the relaxed attitude here & I personally love the winters. If there's ice or deep snow, we just start a big fire in the fireplace, pour a Knob Creek and enjoy the season. Being in close proximity to Cinti, we much rather like to say that we're about an hr. north of Lexington! Happy property hunting!

                          "... one of those who knows that life is just a leap of faith; spread your arms, hold your breathe and always trust your cape." ~s&g clark~
                          \"... one of those who knows that life is just a leap of faith; spread your arms, hold your breath and always trust your cape.\" ~s&g clark~

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                          • #14
                            Down south of Lexington, you can still find cheap land. My neighbors bought the surrounding farm at auction in April. They bought 149 acres for $169,000 (no house). I've recently noticed a few farm for sale signs on Highway 127 between Harrodsburg and Lawrenceburg. That's just off the Blue Grass Parkway and an easy jaunt to Lexington. That land will probably be higher than down where I am as it is very convenient to Lexington. There's a 34 acre farm for auction near me this Saturday but, it's pretty hilly.
                            Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Goethe

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                            • #15
                              The others are right, property prices are going up, but there are still some great buys out there to be found. I have discovered that using realtor.com (which is great for searching for houses) really is inaccurate when hunting for horse property. The best way is to get the Sunday paper's "Homeseller" and look in the very back under farm property. You can get so much more for your money by living a little further away from Lex.

                              The area is wonderful. Being from a smaller city, it took awhile to get used to the traffic (particulary New Circle Rd.), but if you're from CA, it will be nothing at all.

                              Very horsey and beautiful area, but it IS growing fast. Your best bet is to check out the counties surrounding Fayette Co.

                              Oh, and regarding the license plates: Take a tip from a cop's wife (me) and spend the bucks on a plate for the the Police Officer's Memorial Fund. Not only does it support a wonderful cause and look good, it will be VERY helpful if you happen to get pulled over for speeding (and might even prevent you from getting pulled over). But hey, we shouldn't be speeding anyway, right?

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                              • #16
                                A good source of info on what is out there as far as farms go:

                                http://www.kyhorsefarms.com/

                                By the way, a nice time to visit is during Keeneland's Fall Meet:

                                www.keeneland.com

                                "I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning to sail my ship."
                                -Louisa May Alcott
                                "My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world." ~ Jack Layton

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                                • #17
                                  I grew up in SE Kentucky - a little town called Barbourville about 30 miles north of the Cumberland Gap. Very beautiful and very mountainous. We used to be able to get on old logging roads and trail ride for hours without having to worry about automobile traffic. Land prices in the mountains are quite reasonable, but the job market is non-existant.

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                                  • #18
                                    I've been a visitor to Holly Jeanne's farm. It's a little slice of heaven IMHO. :-) And darned cheap by Eastern Pennsylvania prices (and no more humid and less icy and snowy) It's not in the Lexington mainstream but is an easy drive to a lot of Lexington events. I'd love to live there. I'd like to live in an area where I could let my horses Live Outside. Anybody in Ky need one helluva good network tech? <grin>

                                    SueL
                                    In Eastern Pennsylvania With Boring License Plates ;-)
                                    "Horsemanship is not merely a matter of bodily skills, but is based on scholarship and, therefore, is a matter of the mind and intellect." Charles de Kunffy

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                                    • Original Poster

                                      #19
                                      Thanks to all who have posted on this.

                                      Hitch thanks for the links as we definately want at least 5 to 10 +/- acres with a house that has an attached garage and a flat enough area (with one acre level at least) suitable for riding with city utilities (at least water). Our budget is $275,000 max and at that price we'd like a barn/horse facitlities on it.

                                      I have been there on a week long business trip in November a few years ago as the company I work for has an office in L'Ville industrial area on Production Court. My boss knew I would love it there once I realized that horses made the front page of the newspaper EVERYDAY!

                                      I like the foal license plates the other one looks like it would be more appropriate for Sunny So. Cal. where the nuts chase the squirrels.

                                      My (jump building) hubby is in commerecial construction by trade and a total NASCAR nut. So we already have NASCAR stickers on 2 out of three vehicles so that won't be a problem.

                                      Home prices where we currently live in a suburb of L.A. are outrageous with the median home price hitting over $400 last weekend.

                                      We'd like to live within a thirty minute drive to either L'Ville or Lex. We are planning on going on a house hunting vacation to both places so we can see which we like best.

                                      I do H.R. and Computers (NT Administration) for a living and as Wayne is a commercial superintendent we can both find jobs in either L'Ville or Lex.

                                      We are not religious folks just good people who don't go to church, the only thing we do religously is have coffee in the morning. I guess I'd have to say I'm a recovering Catholic. That ought to send folks running! LOL.

                                      To those who have bought horse property without a barn on your property who would you recommend to build one?

                                      We are D.I.N.K.S. (no children only the four legged variety). I ride some eventing some dressage and some jumpers. I used to show but we have put that on hold while we keep saving for our dream home.

                                      We would be buying the house as soon as we found one suitable and leasing it out for a while, since we live with my elderly Mom (85) to whom we promised to not put in a retirement center. Her wish is to die in her own home if at all possible. Right now we are needed here in CA as her primary caregivers.

                                      Please keep the information coming as I find this very helpful! Thanks again!! - Libby
                                      Libby

                                      There is a fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness". - Dave Barry

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                                      • #20
                                        I moved from southern CA to Lex, KY, and want to recommend the real estate agent who found me the perfect small farm in 13 days.
                                        Linda Willson is a horse person and sells farms--all sizes, all prices.
                                        Linda Willson, Remax Creative Reality
                                        www.lindawillson.com
                                        linda@lindawillson.com
                                        She also gave me a cat as a housewarming gift. I love that cat...

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