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Old 06-03-2021, 03:00 PM
 
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Hi, I’m researching living in Westchester/Dutchess Cty. & Northern Virginia. Anyone have experience with both: pros and cons, particularly with regards to caring for horses and operating a small horse farm?
And the challenges of freezing temperatures, humidity, bugs, etc.
If you’ve experience in either, as it relates to horses and operations, I’d love to hear the benefits and challenges.
Thanks!
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Old 06-03-2021, 07:53 PM
 
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I can’t really speak from experience. I can, however, tell you that the town of Bedford is horse country. The land is very ideal for equestrian events. Not only are there stables, but some wealthy people even have a barn in their backyard.

A lot of the roads up there are dirt.

https://bedfordny.gov/bedford-loves-horses/
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Old 06-03-2021, 10:04 PM
 
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Thanks for the link. I’m researching advantages and disadvantages of New York and Virginia hunt country. Bedford is a great place to start.
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Old 06-04-2021, 07:01 AM
 
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Also, northern parts of Somerset County in NJ are horse country. In and around Far Hills, etc.
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Old 06-04-2021, 07:51 AM
 
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Also Brandywine Valley, Delaware is horse country too.

My kids took riding lessons in Dover, MA and Putnam County, NY. They also lived in Madison, NJ and Washington, DC. The weather is similar in Dover, MA, Putnam, NY and Madison, NJ.

The biggest difference is going to be in price of land and taxes. Westchester, NY, Somerset, NJ and Fairfax County is some of the most expensive real estate in the US.

Further from NYC, Dutchess and Putnam County are less expensive. Further from Washington DC in Northern Virginia might be less expensive. Pennsylvania might be less expensive.

There is nothing like boots on the ground for inside information. Horse people are a friendly group. My advice is to drive to as many horse farms as possible. Ask the staff your questions. Make appointments to meet the owners.

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