Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Florida Panhandle
• Horses: 0
We did all of the homework before - I became pretty good friends with the people at the zoning office - in that county you actually only have to have one acre and they do not have restrictions on how many horses you can have on that one acre. It doesn't matter if it is zoned agriculture or residential, as long as there are no covenants on the neighborhood (which there aren't, we passed on a place that had a convenant on it).
We didn't trust our real estate agent (but she was very honest) so I did the dirty work! But we also did manage to get ahold of the people who own the 36 acres across the road (our home inspector knew them and he hooked us up!) and they said they are fine with us riding out there anytime with no rent. So what we've decided is basically the back pasture will really be more like a paddock & we'll try to be riding 5+ times a week between me, my husband, and our friend who rides.. We wanted something with more like 5+ acres but we have a lot of restrictions that prevent it - my husband is active duty Army so we have to live close to base.. He will be going to school when he's done so we have to live close to a different town.. We have to be able to afford all of this on a teacher's salary and Army BAH for E5 once he gets out of the Army.. There were actually two houses to choose from (we have to have a house by January 1st) soooo we couldn't just pass it up and look somewhere else!
Imagine that, with all the houses on the market there were two that met our criteria!! I'm nervous about the land but at this point I'm just happy it's possible to have horses!!
Thanks for all the feedback (negative especially, how do you learn if you don't know what you're doing wrong) I really appreciate it!!
A woman needs two animals - the horse of her dreams and a *male donkey* to pay for it.