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post #11 of 21 Old 06-29-2014, 10:55 PM
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I know 2 retired couple that have lived the past several years on the road. My brother and his wife being one. Neither has pets tho, and horses would complicate it, I would think….but, as long as you plan ahead, you should be fine!

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post #12 of 21 Old 06-29-2014, 11:27 PM
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I traveled full-time for years, but not with horses. Most of what would be difficult to manage I have no experience with, unfortunately. Addresses are easy enough to get...one can use friends or family members' addresses, and if not that, fulltime RVers use a service that sells them addresses and forwards mail to them. The horse stuff...that definitely complicates things. I'm sure it's doable. It's mostly going to be a matter of finding A) a place to park your horse for a few weeks or so at a time (assuming you want to be in a place for that long) and B) a place to park your rig. Many RV parks have restrictions on what sort of trailers they allow (age, type). But I'm sure it can be done.
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post #13 of 21 Old 06-29-2014, 11:42 PM
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I may be the wet blanket here, but before you do something permanent, could you maybe go on a fun holiday alone? Maybe get someone to look after your horses for you. You may find you are just so happy to get home to your property and horses afterward. Home is home...it's a huge step to sell everything and you could probably never go back to having the things you have now, if you sold them. From a different perspective, I have worked my whole life to have the things you have now, and I just love having the privacy, space, freedom and luxury of having property and horses. Because you've had it for a while, maybe you forgot how awesome it is. Picture yourself in a spot where there are fussy neighbours a few feet away on every side of you, complaining about every little thing. That's the way most of the world lives.
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post #14 of 21 Old 06-29-2014, 11:43 PM
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Never done it but have thought about it. The list of negatives I came up with are:

1. Finding hay

2. Getting a vet in an emergency or for something serious since you wouldn't know if they were any good or not.

3. Horses never having a chance for pasture time.

4. The state & national parks (at least around here) have a limit on the amount of time you can stay (2 weeks I think, been a while since I looked into it).

5. In the long run I think it would be just as expensive as having your own place.

6. I've found I work harder at taking care of them when on a camping trip than I do at home. Like toting full water buckets to them several times a day instead of filling 100 gallon tanks once every day or two. Filling hay bags at least 2x a day vs. putting a round bale out once a week. Grabbing the pooper scooper every time I see a pile in camp vs. cleaning the barn once a day.

7. Having to leave them in camp unsupervised when you need to go to town to stock up on supplies. While you do this at home too, they are behind fence on your own property without a bunch of strangers coming and going (hopefully).

8. I think the lifestyle would get old pretty quick, for me anyway. I'm always past ready for a 2 hour soak in the tub after a week of trying to get my shower in before the hot water runs out.LOL The constant setting up and breaking camp. And I think I'd get claustrophobic after a while from living in such a small space.

It's fun to think about though, and I'm sure you'd see some amazing sights and have some wonderful rides.
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post #15 of 21 Old 06-30-2014, 07:30 AM
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The lady I bought my horse from sold her big farm in NY and moved to the best place I can imagine to live with horses. She found a small equestrian community right in Big South Fork national forest. Trail access everywhere, each lot was only a couple of acres, had a small 1-2 stall barn, and small house, which was beautiful. Easily doable for a single person, and they all get together and ride daily, help take care of each others horses when they want to go away…and the cost of living is really cheap. Taxes on her piece were something like $125/yr. Best scenario I can imagine. Resources if you need it and endless miles to ride. She also goes in her 3 horse LQ when she wants to. BEst of both worlds, IMO. I am trying to find the name of her community as they also have rentals…I will let you know if I find it.

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post #17 of 21 Old 06-30-2014, 02:16 PM
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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.
Could you maybe send a truckload of it out this way? 'Cause that's about half what we pay for non-certified hay hereabouts.
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Something you need to do is keep a good supply of hay on hand or keep your horses on bagged hay. Switching hay in your travels can cause digestive upsets. You might want to contact feed stores along the way so you can get the same label wherever you go. I spoke with a fellow who rode across half of Canada and he said that when the variety of grasses changed his horse was sick for a few days. I advised him to not let the horse graze if under the power lines because of the herbicides to control the growth of trees.
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The lady I bought my horse from sold her big farm in NY and moved to the best place I can imagine to live with horses. She found a small equestrian community right in Big South Fork national forest. Trail access everywhere, each lot was only a couple of acres, had a small 1-2 stall barn, and small house, which was beautiful. Easily doable for a single person, and they all get together and ride daily, help take care of each others horses when they want to go away…and the cost of living is really cheap. Taxes on her piece were something like $125/yr. Best scenario I can imagine. Resources if you need it and endless miles to ride. She also goes in her 3 horse LQ when she wants to. BEst of both worlds, IMO. I am trying to find the name of her community as they also have rentals…I will let you know if I find it.
FnB sure would like to get more info on exactly where this lady moved to.
Do you have any more info? Sound like something I could live with for sure.
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So sorry! I had sent you a message, or at last I thought I did, this am…..but she lives in White Oak…..this is the land sales com pay for that development. Allardt Land Company | Specializing in Equestrian Communities | Allardt, Tennessee

Whether or not there are any resales available there, I don't know. There are typically rentals so that you could try it out. I would suggest you contact a realtor and see. She is currently with Josh Lyons doing clinics, so not getting an answer from her on FB. SHe started with one lot, and added a couple to it to give her more land. Last I knew she had about 4-5 acres. When I was there, she had just 2 lots. One with the 1 BR log home and a shed row style barn, and another with a 3 stall enclosed barn.
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