My husband & I are planning to move to Florida in the fall of 2015. We don't know Florida at all, but are drawn to the Ocala area because of it's reputation for being horse country. We're flying down in December to check it out. We know some of the negatives (hot summers, bugs, alligators, snakes), but what else can you tell us about keeping horses in Florida? We have 11 acres here in Michigan and it supports our four horses mid-May through mid-October without having to supplement with hay (as long as we get enough rain). How many months can we expect our horses to graze in Florida? How about hay? We've seen that hay is very expensive compared to Michigan and that you feed different types of hay. What are your opinions in that regards? Peanut? Coastal? Orchard? We don't like a rich hay with lots of alfalfa, we feed a very grassy hay. We will be buying a small farm (5-10 acres) and will only be bringing 3 horses with us. We endurance raced for many years, but trail ride for pleasure now. We would like to get into some other activities like team penning and extreme cowboy events. What areas do you recommend? We're thinking anywhere between Gainesville and the Villages. Your thoughts? We're really looking forward to a longer riding season and no more winter! We can't wait!