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Old 09-06-2018, 02:20 PM
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Originally Posted by schmunky View Post
OK horse people ..... Looking for specific answers to my specific questions. Do not need generalities. Moving to TN. Wants lots of open trails for my western riding horses. Do not want to trailer expect for the bi-yearly occasional if mandatory. Will be buying a home with a nice stable and ring and want to get on the horse and go onto the trails. Anyone out there do that? Where I'm from we get on our horse and ride all day on trails and may never ride the same trail in that day. Even have open rings you can ride to.
In Manhattan Beach, CA?

To answer your question, no, not in my area, not anymore. Well maybe if you own property adjacent to a state park. Most all of the large tracts of private property have been bought by transplants and gated off with abundant no trespass signs or the land is leased to hunting clubs. So riding is limited to pay areas, equestrian communities and state parks and unless you live there you have to trailer.

You say you are buying a home with stables, are there trails available?
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Old 09-06-2018, 06:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Rjsnh View Post
We are moving from NH with horses to either TN, WV, VA or KY. We are looking for a small town that has pasture area for horses but close to a large city for shopping, jobs and culture. We enjoy outside activities but are looking for a warmer climate compared to NH. Can someone suggest small towns that offer this with a low cost of living and a reasonable home price?
For you. What type of horses? Hunter/Jumper? Other types of eventers? Or mostly trail riding?

If you are heavy into eventing, look in the Franklin, (Williamson County), TN area.

If you want mostly trail riding, you and schmunky need to look in the Big South Fork and East Fork Stables areas, near Jamestown, TN. East Fork area and Jamestown are in Fentress County, several hours east of Williamson County, where another poster said it would most remind the OP of his home state

I retired with my horses (strictly a trail rider) to Middle Tennessee in 2003. The first 50 years of my life were on the OH/PA border with a five year "sentence" of Low Desert life in SoCal, for work.

I love Middle Tennessee. We bought 25 acres and built. Keeping in mind, we are retired, we built humbly but have the necessities for our comfort and for my horses comfort.

I only have a four stall barn. The only reason I ever put up a 100' roundpen was to give little children happy horse memories on my senior Arab (RIP) who was a lesson horse when we lived in PA. My horses were and are broke to death-slide-down-the-River-bank trail horses, so needing a place for formal schooling was never a necessity.

Where I live, I have to trailer to any of the great trail riding places, like up on the Cumberland Plateau. If you folks wa t to be able to ride right from your homes, you would be better served starting your search on the Plateau from the Gitgo.

Beware Roane County and the remains of the coal ash spill, some years back.. I don't give a flip what anyone says, that is another "no way in Hades" area I would buy IF the land was below (and receiving) the waters that were affected by that coal ash spill --- I wouldn't drink that water and I sure wouldn't let my livestock drink water that may be affected---

***** There is no way this side of Hades and back I would live in West Tennessee.

It's flat, it's hot and its too close to the Mississippi River which is the home of the San Madrid fault line that is bigger than the San Adreas fault. It's major belly ache in the 1800's caused the Mississippi River to not only split, but to flow backward for a time. That is how Reel Foot lake was formed.

The experts say it isn't IF but WHEN the fault line blows again. I'm also pretty sure, the closer one lives to the Mississippi River (in Tennessee), that lending institutions require earthquake insurance.

Good luck to both of you on your searches
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