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What state, would you say, is best to own a horse in?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by fushalilly, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. fushalilly

    fushalilly Songster

    Mar 9, 2008
    Rhode Island
    Im just thinking, climate wise, soil wise, land availiability, cheap-ness, just wondering what state would be A+ for this. What do you think?
  2. colby318

    colby318 got 'dottes?

    Jul 14, 2008
    Stamping Ground, KY
    KY! lol. We're on a limestone base. The horses grow big and strong on our grass. We're north of the horse farms since we're hilly. But every local has one or two cool-breeds. Our next door neighbors have draft horses and the pull a covered wagon around.

    Colby in KY
  3. congdon476

    congdon476 GaLLiNa LOcA

    Dec 31, 2008
    Pueblo Area
    Lemme think having been to most of them (minus the northwest) I'd vote Kentucky as well. Great climate and land, so long as you don't want to be right in the city.
  4. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    Ohio is one of the top states, for horse owners.

    KY my home state gets my vote.
    the state of Beautiful horses and fast Women. Or is that Fast Horses and Beautiful Women. [​IMG]
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I'd say much of KY, too, as a compromise between land prices, hay availability, good vet and farrier availability, etc.

    NC has a lot going for it too, but I'd have to go with KY's climate over NC's.

    However it depends hugely on how much of a salary you can make in a particular area. Doesn't do much good for a place to be ideal and cheap if you can't get a job [​IMG]

  6. Florida chick

    Florida chick Songster

    Jan 19, 2008
    We are in North FL on the GA border and ride year round. Its gorgeous most of the year and you can still buy quality pasture for $12000 per acre. Less if you buy 80 acres or more at a time. There are not a lot of jobs here so it depends on what you do for a living. We have large covered arenas for rodeo, barrels, drill team, expos etc
  7. Rusty Hills Farm

    Rusty Hills Farm Songster

    Apr 3, 2008
    Up at the barn
    I'm not living in Florida anymore (What can I tell you--I had a senior moment or I'd never have left. [​IMG] Somebody kick me please!) but I found it a great place for horses. We had good grass, great hay, nice areas to ride (we were next to a state park!), several equine vets in the area, several qualified farriers, lots of good shows too. Oh and 2 great feed stores that had EVERYTHING in stock, or so it seemed to me. I was in Sarasota County for 40+ years.

    Where I am now, the only vet is afraid of my stallion and will only come out for my mares. There isn't a farrier so I am back to doing my own trimming. Hay is rapidly becoming a headache yet again this year. Oh, and I'm STILL trying to grow pasture 4 years later.

    Last edited: Jan 18, 2009
  8. griffin45

    griffin45 Songster

    Oct 15, 2008
    South Central Virgina
    I gotta put a plug in for Virginia! Great climate, good grass and cheap land! Want 10 acres, got 20K, You to can join the Virginia flock!
  9. Florida chick

    Florida chick Songster

    Jan 19, 2008
    $2000 PER ACRE?? OMG what town?

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