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    02-21-2013, 07:39 AM
  #11
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
Between Sun City and Hemet? Hmmm.....my inlaws are in Sun City......we could've met if you were still there
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
     
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    02-21-2013, 10:56 AM
  #12
Trained
Yep, golf carts are ever present
I see why you left, tho. I guess we were pretty lucky in landing here, even tho it's not half as pretty. And in town is a little gang problem, but we're 5 miles out, so we're safe between all the Holstein cows, goats and sheep.....I hope
     
    02-21-2013, 11:09 AM
  #13
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Originally Posted by walkinthewalk    
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!
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    02-21-2013, 11:23 AM
  #14
Trained
I will certainly keep that n mind. We are thinking about moving closer to the inlaws, or moving out of Cali period, not decided yet and depends on where work is, of course.
Finding a boarding place like that is pure luck, but you know that, right?
     
    02-21-2013, 01:16 PM
  #15
Green Broke
Oldhorselady, what a terrific story!

Never in my wildest, would I have thought something so horse perfect could be found that close to a metro area like San Diego

Deserthorsewoman, if you don't move down by Oldhorselady, come to Middle Tennessee, if the threat of tornadoes don't bother you.

We have some awesome riding, especially up on the Cumberland Plateau (Big South Fork and East Fork for starters).

No state tax; also no private property tax (I think Kentucky still has that) but sales tax is 9.75% on whatever items Tennessee deems taxable. Gasoline has shot up to $3.62/gal. We have never hit $4/gal but that doesn't mean we won't this time

Middle Tennessee has Nashville and Chattanooga for Metro Cities. Knoxville is on the cusp of Middle & East Tennessee and UT Knoxville has an equine facility.

West Tennessee has Memphis and the New Madrid Fault Line which is worse than the San Andreas Fault Line. It is the reason the Mississippi River split in two and ran backward during the great earthquake of 1812. If the New Madrid Fault Line ever has another big belly ache, the experts claim it will make the San Andreas Fault Line look like a small crack in the desert sand Banks require earthquake insurance in West TN
     
    02-21-2013, 01:25 PM
  #16
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Originally Posted by walkinthewalk    
Oldhorselady, what a terrific story!

Never in my wildest, would I have thought something so horse perfect could be found that close to a metro area like San Diego

Deserthorsewoman, if you don't move down by Oldhorselady, come to Middle Tennessee, if the threat of tornadoes don't bother you.

We have some awesome riding, especially up on the Cumberland Plateau (Big South Fork and East Fork for starters).

No state tax; also no private property tax (I think Kentucky still has that) but sales tax is 9.75% on whatever items Tennessee deems taxable. Gasoline has shot up to $3.62/gal. We have never hit $4/gal but that doesn't mean we won't this time

Middle Tennessee has Nashville and Chattanooga for Metro Cities. Knoxville is on the cusp of Middle & East Tennessee and UT Knoxville has an equine facility.

West Tennessee has Memphis and the New Madrid Fault Line which is worse than the San Andreas Fault Line. It is the reason the Mississippi River split in two and ran backward during the great earthquake of 1812. If the New Madrid Fault Line ever has another big belly ache, the experts claim it will make the San Andreas Fault Line look like a small crack in the desert sand Banks require earthquake insurance in West TN
Well, my husband is retiring from the navy in a few years....we will be looking for an area where his retirement won't be taxed to death...maybe we will be headed your way!

Well, I think I will be keeping the girls off the grass for awhile. It's Jenny Craig time.
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    02-21-2013, 01:49 PM
  #17
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by walkinthewalk    
Oldhorselady, what a terrific story!

Never in my wildest, would I have thought something so horse perfect could be found that close to a metro area like San Diego

Deserthorsewoman, if you don't move down by Oldhorselady, come to Middle Tennessee, if the threat of tornadoes don't bother you.

We have some awesome riding, especially up on the Cumberland Plateau (Big South Fork and East Fork for starters).

No state tax; also no private property tax (I think Kentucky still has that) but sales tax is 9.75% on whatever items Tennessee deems taxable. Gasoline has shot up to $3.62/gal. We have never hit $4/gal but that doesn't mean we won't this time

Middle Tennessee has Nashville and Chattanooga for Metro Cities. Knoxville is on the cusp of Middle & East Tennessee and UT Knoxville has an equine facility.

West Tennessee has Memphis and the New Madrid Fault Line which is worse than the San Andreas Fault Line. It is the reason the Mississippi River split in two and ran backward during the great earthquake of 1812. If the New Madrid Fault Line ever has another big belly ache, the experts claim it will make the San Andreas Fault Line look like a small crack in the desert sand Banks require earthquake insurance in West TN
weeeelllll....I wouldn't mind, but there's no way I can convince hubby to go east past the Rockies. I tried. I'd love New England, for being like home, with four seasons....but I'd have to divorce him and find somebody else who would put up with me and my zoo...nonoononooooo
Apart from that, im beginning to like Cali, even tho as a state it's crazy...but climate is gorgeous!
     
    02-21-2013, 01:55 PM
  #18
Trained
What you are referring to is "grass founder." That occurs anywhere, when there is a lot of rain and rapid grass growth. The sugars are higher in the afternoon than the morning, but best practice is to limit your horses to pasture during these rapid growth times. It's so rich that the horse's digestive system cannot process the carbohydrates well, so they attempt to get rid of them through sweat, and all too often through their hooves, which will swell up and founder the horse.
Some people keep their horses off of the pasture during these times, others will limit their grazing to one hour/day.
Even the desert has a blooming season.
     
    02-21-2013, 09:01 PM
  #19
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Originally Posted by Corporal    
What you are referring to is "grass founder." That occurs anywhere, when there is a lot of rain and rapid grass growth. The sugars are higher in the afternoon than the morning, but best practice is to limit your horses to pasture during these rapid growth times. It's so rich that the horse's digestive system cannot process the carbohydrates well, so they attempt to get rid of them through sweat, and all too often through their hooves, which will swell up and founder the horse.
Some people keep their horses off of the pasture during these times, others will limit their grazing to one hour/day.
Even the desert has a blooming season.
Thanks Corporal....Mine usually have their grass opened up after I get there for a couple hours...so probably late morning. I will see what happens this summer around here, but the ranch owner also has the grass watered, so it may grow all year long. For now, the girls are on diets, so they will have to wait even longer now...lol.
     
    02-21-2013, 11:15 PM
  #20
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Thought I'd post this site....pretty cool, lots of different types of slow feeders..commercial and home made!

Slow Feeders - Paddock Paradise Wiki

Since I board, and can't be there everytime the horses are fed...and the ranch hands are not going to pack hay nets for me...I'm trying to come up with ideas where they can just toss it into something with the net already set up....I like the barrel with the net at the bottom idea on the site. My paddock fence is over my head and is a mesh-like fence, so there isn't anywhere but 'over' the fence to toss the hay.
     

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