Does Sun City still let the Seniors drive their golf carts all over town? That was a new experience for me - lol
I lived in what I always called "Upper Romoland" lol lol lol
There's a part of Romoland, closer to Sun City, that is so tawdry, driving thru in the daytime was a bit risky and to the car, I would say "please don't get a flat tire now"
I could ride for hours in the Rock Hills but nothing compared to what Oldhorselady has available. A few months before I sold my home, houses were starting to go up everywhere and I ran into an undercover officer who said drug dealing was getting pretty bad in the remote area where I rode. He said my little pea shooter of a pistol would be no match if someone thought I saw something I shouldn't have
With that bit of news and the encroachment of tract homes on all those acres of potato fields, I was glad to "get the flock of out of there" and come back east of the Mississippi. So where did I retire to? Tennessee - one of the biggest states for meth problems in the U.S. -lol
Hmmm....sounds interesting! I don't think I've been through those parts.
When I was going to move down here, I heard tons of horror stories about living in Chula Vista etc. Apparently, we live in the 'new' CV? We live in Otay Ranch/East Lake area. It is very quiet. We are very happy in our rental house here.
As for the horses, we (should say...I) found a place for the horses before finding a place for us to live. My husband and I made a trip down and looked at 14 facilities from Poway on down. Imperial Beach was the southern most area, and dead last. There were MANY places that we simply didn't even get out of the car for. Plus, having a 2200lb percheron, made some of the choices quite easy in saying 'no'. Many places offered 16x16 ft pipe corrals with a small, low tin roof. My horses would have to be seperated from eachother. Some places expected you to keep all of your tack in your car/truck. Some places were decent, but were geared to kids and showing...nothing wrong with that, but I'm old and don't do anything but trail ride AND I have my 'special' type of horses....wouldn't fit in comfortably. I was worried. We were searching for places that we found either on the internet or Craigslist. The last place was a reining ranch in Imperial Beach. It was already dark and we were very lost. One we got there, the woman was very nice, the pipe corrals were bigger and in good shape, but my horses would still need to be seperated etc. She told me how I could only use certain arenas since the main arena was used for reiners only, due to the footing....not sure how the footing knew a reining horse from a non-reining horse. Anyway, she was the owner and could do what she wanted. I would have gotten a shed for my stuff for an extra $40 a month. I was more happy with her option, than others, especially with the wonderful trail riding on the preserve and riding to the beach idea. She still could see my hesitation. She actually put down her pride and told me about the facility next door....which is where I am now. She told me about the big paddocks and grass areas where my horses could be together etc. She didn't want me to board by her and then ride by next door and end up moving anyway. I am very grateful to her. They have reining events all the time there, and we can watch from next door, with all my middle-aged, trail riding friends with a glass of wine.
Our barn owner and her husband met on one of her trail ride across the country I guess. They are very easy-going, hard working people. There are about 70 horses and they are very well fed and taken care of. They have ranch hands who have been with them forever, and do awesome with keeping the ranch looking beautiful and taking care of the horses. I can't say enough.
The other thing, which made me nervous at first, was the Boarder Patrol everywhere. There are in trucks, on foot and behind 4-wheelers....everywhere. If you are hiking, they see you. At first, it was intimidating, but now it makes me feel so safe. Over that hill in the background is TJ. I don't ever feel like when we are on trails that we will run into any 'unwanted' intruders. The coast guard also flies helicopters overhead. There are several ranches in that area and we are surrounded by TJ River Park, so people can trailer their horses over to ride too. Some days, there is horseback riding all over the place. The area is VERY horse friendly and we have the right of way. Many of the ranches get together and host events and stuff too, with many types of riders, it's very nice.
Anyhoo....If you know anyone who needs horse boarding in the San Diego area or who is passing through with their horses and needs a place to stay/ride....this is the place for sure!