advantages of PNW:
Economy is brisker
Lots of water
Hardly any ticks or skeeters
No poisonous snakes or spiders
Snow is limited, usually
Rarely hot for more than a week at a time
Lots of grass, pretty well balanced nutritionally
Plenty of trails to ride
Rarely any shortage of water
Disadvantages of PNW
Gray skies WAY too often
Rains a lot!
Horses tend to fat on all that grass
Not really a culture of Western riding
More and more people, all the time
I love your list, Tiny. Especially the "No tornadoes" part.
Adding to it:
No poisonous snakes West of the Cascades
My oh my, it's pretty out here
Codes and zonings tend to be very horse-friendly
I don't mind the grey skies. It gives me a fine, light, "English" complexion, and I save money on sunblock, and I get oh-so-excited when the sun comes out.
With all the rain comes mud, and with mud comes thrush and rain-rot.
Having to blanket or have a very soggy, muddy horse to deal with
That earthquake that will hit us sooner or later, but it may or may not happen in our lifetime, so why sweat it too much.
Speed, you know, we really are spoiled with water her in the PNW. We complain about the rain, but yes, we do have water, and I don't think we realize how lucky we are. When I saw your post, my first reaction was "huh?". And then it dawned on me just much we take our wonderful water-supply for granted.