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Old 10-26-2019, 08:03 AM
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Check out Virginia in the area north/northeast/east of Charlottesville (north of I-64 and west of I-95) which is not only gorgeous aesthetically but surprisingly affordable. Winters are fairly mild and summers are shorter/less severe with beautiful autumns and spring. There is a long tradition of riding in the area with plenty of horse owners to network with as well.
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Old 10-28-2019, 01:08 PM
Location: Maryland
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Thanks for all the suggestions everybody. I think I will look at New Mexico and Virginia more closely as the cost of living and weather in those areas is more in line with what I want.
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Old 10-29-2019, 06:05 AM
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My husband and I will likely retire within the next 5 to 7 years. Currently we have 4 horses in Maryland and we like to trail ride. I would like to find a place to live with the following attributes:

1. Horse and riding friendly weather - not too wet, not too humid, not too snowy. Maryland has very humid summers that I would like to avoid, western WA and Oregon get too much rain, Florida, Georgia, SC are way too hot and humid, the northern midwest is too snowy. I want to be able to ride year round and I don't want to battle thrush all the time.

2. A cost of living that is at or below the national average - Maryland, California and New York all have a cost of living that is higher than the national average. I would like to find a house and at least 5 acres for $300,000 or less.

3. A healthy and friendly horse community - I would like to find a group of like minded people to hang out with, ride with and maybe volunteer to help teach riding to kids and or start young horses in training. My husband and I have developed some good biomechanically based riding and training skills over the past 20 years that are not common knowledge so we would like to share what we have learned from our trainer.

I am just beginning the search and so I am open minded. What I am looking for won't be easy to find and we are willing to compromise on weather if we can find something affordable in a horse friendly area.
How can the answer to this not be Kentucky? This is the horse capitol of the world! I prefer the areas east and north east of Louisville....check Prospect, Crestwood, La Grange, Simpsonville, and Shelbyville, KY. Horse farms everywhere and its a huge and respected part of the culture.
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Old 10-29-2019, 07:33 AM
Location: NC
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Central florida has affordable horse properties. Lots of trails but scenery is subdued.
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Old 11-02-2019, 06:15 AM
Location: Eagan, MN
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Ocala, FL. More horse country there than Kentucky. And it's warm and no state income taxes.
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Old 11-07-2019, 04:09 PM
Location: Knoxville, TN
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Eastern Tennessee. We have folks around here that have horses and go riding in the Smoky Mountain trails, around Iams Nature, etc. We have riding competitions too. I'm not a horse person but I run across horses on the trails when I'm hiking. Maybe you can ask some people who do that what the horse situation is here. I know there is a horse rescue place too.
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