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Old 06-18-2014, 10:51 AM
 
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We are planning a move to Florida in the next five years. Just haven't decided on exactly where. I know that Ocala is famous horse country but don't want to rule out any other horse friendly area either...any suggestions? Also completing my psychology degree and when we move I should have completed my masters for Marriage and Family Counseling...what is a good area for jobs in that field? Any other advice would be appreciated as well. Thanks!
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Old 06-18-2014, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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I think the glory days of Ocala and horses are largely in the past as opposed to the present. Parts of my county (St. Johns County) are good for horses and kids. Don't have a clue about the job market in your line of work. Robyn
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Old 06-18-2014, 12:54 PM
 
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Check out Wellington. It's in South Florida where you'll have better job options in my opinion as well as a family friendly place with good schools.

Wellington | Equestrian
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Old 06-18-2014, 02:19 PM
 
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I think the glory days of Ocala and horses are largely in the past as opposed to the present. Parts of my county (St. Johns County) are good for horses and kids. Don't have a clue about the job market in your line of work. Robyn
Not sure exactly what you mean, but the FL thoroughbred horse industry is still going strong and most of it is based in the Ocala area.
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Old 06-18-2014, 03:04 PM
 
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I'd second Wellington. Indiantown is another.
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Old 06-18-2014, 06:59 PM
 
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SR 46 in Seminole and Lake Counties are good horse country and also near Orlando for a larger job market. Schools should be good as well.
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Old 06-19-2014, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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Not sure exactly what you mean, but the FL thoroughbred horse industry is still going strong and most of it is based in the Ocala area.
I'm basically talking not about the industry - but regular people who used to gravitate to the Ocala area for recreational equestrian activities. Thirty years ago - it wasn't unusual for friends with horses to own a second place in that area (keeping horses in Miami isn't easy ). Today - it's less common (a lot of those smaller places have been turned into manufactured housing developments). Robyn
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Old 07-04-2014, 12:30 AM
 
Location: Lakeland, FL
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Your best bets are likely going to be Central Florida such as the Ocala area, Lake, Pasco or Polk Counties.
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Old 07-04-2014, 07:02 AM
 
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The schools in Polk are generally poor.

Parts of Marion County (Ocala) and parts of Lake County are your best bet for good schools, employment, and owning horses. I would also look at Alachua County near Gainesville.
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Old 07-04-2014, 08:17 AM
 
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Unless you're boarding, if you plan on keeping your horses at your own place, be sure to check the minimum acreage requirements. I know 5 acres minimum applies to some places.

The catch there is that acreage in commuting distance to major metro areas = $$$. Less expensive acreage = rural areas = much less desirable schools pretty much every time.

Someone noted St Johns County but good luck finding a suitable horse property there anymore without spending a fair chunk of coin, even in the furthest reaches of the county. It wasn't always that way but it is now.

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