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post #1 of 21 Old 06-29-2014, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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I need opinions on selling home- all to travel- serious?

I'm serious about this and needs some opinions and thought.
I'm a single home owner with 10+ acres and 3 horses and retired. I'm not in love with where I live and will never pay off my high mortgage. I'm also sick of all the work for one person to keep the place up.
I'm considering selling home/land, tractor- equipment- all of it in 2015 except for 1/2 horses. I would be staying in my L/Q trailer (15'L/Q, mid tack, 3 h- overall length including truck is 58'L) with my dog and traveling during good weather to different states for camping and ride. I'm a retired truck driver so have a experience of traveling and enjoyed it. I've thought of renting the place out, but that can be a real hassle, in case it I change my mind. I'm in a small community, nearest large city is 70+ miles, so there is no property management companies around to watch the place. I would rent storage for the things I really want to keep and couldn't/wouldn't take with me. I'm thinking of going to State parks and also guest ranches where you can ride your own horse.
What I really want to know has anyone done this for long periods of time? Not just weekend or like a vacation. What problems did you encounter anything and everything. Like finding feed/hay, vets, especially farriers, mail etc. I have laptop and cell phone to keep in touch. And there is always Wally World for personal items for myself and dog.
Any info/experiences would be appreciated.
Thanks so much
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post #2 of 21 Old 06-29-2014, 06:23 PM
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Be aware too that many would be first come first served at parks/trail riding places, so you wouldn't be able to reserve spot? The below again is from link.

How do you plan to stable your horses at the destination? Most areas with corrals are first come first served and don’t plan on being the first one there. We carry portable electric fencing. Not the kind you buy in the tack magazines; we put it together using supplies from an actual farm store. Make sure your horses are familiar with electric fencing before heading out your driveway. And remember, don’t think only about keeping your horses in but also about keeping other animals out of the pen. Where we camped in Wyoming, there were free ranging cattle. I am sure any of those heifers would have liked to munch on my horses’ fresh bale of (weed free) alfalfa. If there was any on the ground before riding out, we would turn on the fencer so that no cattle could get in to our pens.

Next, you will need to find out if special hay requirements are needed at your destination. All national parks and forest service areas, as well as some state parks and private facilities, require certified weed free hay. It’s not easy to find so don’t go thinking you don’t have to plan for this; you will. And expect to pay more than you would normally pay for a bale of hay. I know of certified hay going for $7 – $10 a bale right now in Nebraska. If you grow your own hay, contact your county to see what it would take to have your own hay certified weed free. We did and I was surprised at how easy it was to have done – but, our field was free of weeds. (Google weed free forage requirements in the state you are traveling for more information and no, I have none for sale. )

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post #3 of 21 Old 06-29-2014, 06:28 PM
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I have no experience but wouldn't you need some sort of personal residence somewhere? Where would you get your mail sent to? Wouldn't you need a physical address for taxes or at least claiming a residence for your DL?
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I think too you would need to figure out where you were going to stop, and you can't leave horses on there for miles upon miles either, so means you would have to have something worked out for each night to me.

Stabling can be found generally, but can't count on it, and don't know how many parks close up and at what time, and again, if it is first come and first served, could end up not being able to get horses off trailer?

Or not being able to get in park.

Costs to stay overnight at horse motel is usually 20 for each horse, and don't know if they would have place for you to set up? And the RV parks won't allow horses possibly?

Let me go dig around more on this. Which way would you be thinking of heading first?

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I was just thinking of how I could do the same thing in a few years a couple days ago. I'm not sure how practical it is, but it sure sounds good.

I got in my car a few years go and did nothing but drive around North America, mostly camping for a whole summer. That was before I got pets though.

I'm sure you can make it work a long as you plan properly. Not as much horse friendly accommodation as people friendly out there.
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Do you have any family that could spend a small portion of your time with on your travels? Otherwise your plan sounds darn good to me, I mean Buck Brannaman travels like that most of the year for his clinics right?

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I think that with enough research and planning it would be a fantastic experience!
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Do you have any family that could spend a small portion of your time with on your travels? Otherwise your plan sounds darn good to me, I mean Buck Brannaman travels like that most of the year for his clinics right?
Yes, and so does Clinton Anderson, Chris Cox, Parelli, Charmayne James, Ed Wright- every weekend Ed is someplace giving barrel clinics.

I know where I want to go- starting with some guest ranches that allow you to ride your own horse. I know of a few places for over night stays with stalls and hookups in the states I'm planning to travel to. I have a book called "Overnight Stabling" that covers the 48 states. Also want to do one or two AQHA trail rides. There are 3 places just here in my area with full hookups with either open pens or barn stalls for very reasonable rates- you can also do monthly stay overs. I have portable pens and electric fencing if I need it. And I have stayed overnight in Truck stops- usually some have dirt parking way out for bull haulers. Most truckers don't want to park next to a livestock trailer if it's loaded.... beside the smell some of them bulls can really sling some bs very far.

As far as Coggins some states are 6 months to a year and Health papers I can get where ever I'm at before it runs out.
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I've never done this, but we have people that come into town every year for the winter that do. It just takes a lot of planning, plus you need an emergency fund in case your truck breaks down or something.

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OP is retired, selling all and living off a pension and maybe equity from the sale of the home? First thing I would do is sell your truck and buy a brand new one under warranty, then do it, do it like you want to do it!!
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