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Old 07-03-2010, 01:03 PM
 
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Kevin, it really, really, really, helps if you use some punctuation. A period every now and then will make your posts much easier to read. I just couldn't get through your post. Sorry.

You might also want to direct your questions about New England to a New England forum, rather than northern Virginia.
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Old 07-04-2010, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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OP, I am a horse person who just relocated to Northern VA from CT so perhaps i can answer your questions. The flies are bad, so pretty much the horses go on night turnout around June of each year, and then back to day turnout in the fall. The flies were horrible this May/June, but they've calmed down now that it's July, however most of the time we ride with a fly bonnet and lots of fly spray. The trails are great, not generally as rocky as New England since its not as rocky here in general. I live in western Loudoun county and of course Middleburg is the place to be if you've got $$$. Alternately, Purcellville, Waterford, Lovettsville, Bluemont, Leesburg, Aldie, this is all good horse country. It's expensive, but nowhere near as expensive of some parts of New England (so it all depends on your perspective and where you are coming from). Outside of Middleburg, you can buy a turn key horse property starting in the $500K range in Western Loudoun, which would have been unheard of in my former area in CT. Middleburg can be had for $800K and up...

There is a fantastic horse community here, although sometimes a little bit too close, with as much bad mouthing as you'd expect in middle school. Everyone knows everyone and has something to say about them.

If you show, there's tons of local schooling and rated shows in VA as well as MD so you will be at a loss for showing opportunities, whether it be H/J or dressage. The hunts are BIG here too so if that's your cup of tea, you will not find better hunt country anywhere else in the US.

Good luck!
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