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post #11 of 26 Old 06-19-2013, 02:44 PM
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advantages of PNW:
Economy is brisker
Lots of water
Hardly any ticks or skeeters
No poisonous snakes or spiders
No tornadoes
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
Land/taxes high!
Not really a culture of Western riding
More and more people, all the time
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post #12 of 26 Old 06-19-2013, 03:42 PM
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advantages of PNW:
Economy is brisker
Lots of water
Hardly any ticks or skeeters
No poisonous snakes or spiders
No tornadoes
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
Land/taxes high!
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:
Advantages:
No chiggers
No poisonous snakes West of the Cascades
My oh my, it's pretty out here
Codes and zonings tend to be very horse-friendly

Disadvantages:
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.
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Freia, I'm from Virginia where our rainfall has already exceeded needed levels this year, so we don't have to worry about it either. However, I have friends all over the country and they live in places where water rights/restrictions are very real issues.

You want the truth? You can't HANDLE the truth!
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Woo! Pro con lists are my favorite. I have lived in Southern California, and Nebraska before here (moved here 3 years ago) so I am familiar with water restrictions/droughts but not specifically in relation to financials or impact in livestock. (Also, not to the extent of AZ or TX)

One thing I just realized that hadn't struck me until now, is that I HATE going outside in the rain (and my dog hates it more than I do)... And I know I would be less inclined to work with horses or do "outside work" in the rainy season here...... Which is quite abundant.
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I live in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. There are numerous boarding facilities and trainers for both English and Western riding. Average boarding cost runs from $250-400, with partial care and full care being the most popular arrangements. Housing costs are reasonable, with costs running higher in Dallas county as opposed to counties west and south. We have mild winters and beautiful spring and fall seasons, but summers are brutally hot and humid. North Texas has experienced a drought for the past 3-4 years, but it isn't as bad as south and southwest Texas. We have tornadoes every spring and early summer. Going rate for 2-string bales of coastal hay is $8-10, although you can find it for $4-5 if you load it yourself from the field.

Anatopism, have you tried searching for properties on Zillow?
I want to move to the Silver City area of New Mexico in 4-5 years and like looking on Zillow, especially using their map feature. Oh, and so true, what Speedracer says about water in some areas, especially the southwest. Just because the property has a well doesn't means that there is water in it, or that the pump is functional. Also do your homework on availability of electricity in SW rural areas.
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Around here, $250k can get you a modest ranch house on 2-5 acres with some sort of shelter for a horse. Prices go up from there. More or less. That's just a ballpark, very general figure for a neighborhood where horse-people actually like to live..
$250k for a modest house and 2-5 acres??? Maybe I could learn to like cloudy skies!
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$250k for a modest house and 2-5 acres??? Maybe I could learn to like cloudy skies!
Last year, the neighbor's property came up for sale. We grabbed it immediately. It's 5 acres - all fairly level and usable, with half of it as pasture. Has a 1400 sqft comfortable, charming, solid - but not fancy - house on it. Greenhouse and woodshed. All it needs is a fence and shelter to be ready for horses. We're 35 minutes drive from downtown Portland and 1 mile from a State park with horse-trails. I paid $215k for it. We rent out the house and the rest will be for horses.
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Posting to sub...timely thread for me. :)

Have you been to Tempe in June, July or August? How do you feel about the heat? Have you researched Valley Fever?

I live not far from Tempe. I don't hate the summer heat and the upside is that the rest of the year, it's absolutely wonderful to have mostly sunny days and mild weather.

A/C costs are a consideration that a lot of people don't take into account. But then, you probably don't need to run your heat in the winter (mostly we don't).

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Last year, the neighbor's property came up for sale. We grabbed it immediately. It's 5 acres - all fairly level and usable, with half of it as pasture. Has a 1400 sqft comfortable, charming, solid - but not fancy - house on it. Greenhouse and woodshed. All it needs is a fence and shelter to be ready for horses. We're 35 minutes drive from downtown Portland and 1 mile from a State park with horse-trails. I paid $215k for it. We rent out the house and the rest will be for horses.
Those cloudy skies are sounding pretty appealing! ;)
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Come on in, the rain and grey skies await!

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