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post #1 of 25 Old 06-27-2010, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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Pros and cons of having horses where you live

What state and/or country do you live in? What are the pros and cons of having horses in that area?

I'm in Illinois, America. For me the biggest con of having a horse in Illinois is the winter. It last a good while, so I have to worry about keeping water thawed, quality hay stored, and the barn in good shape.

A great pro, however, are that it's very humid in Illinois so vegetation grows thick. My horse and goats thrive off of the pasture during the summer months.
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post #2 of 25 Old 06-27-2010, 01:02 PM
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I live in Alberta and its like Illinois. Big con is the winter, we get 4 1/2 months of summer and the rest is snow covered winter. I keep the horses at home and its always hard worrying about water, blankets, feed, proper fencing, etc. and its made all the much harder because we get down to -50 celsius.

Some pros are that in Alberta there are A LOT of stables and quite a few cross-country courses {for us eventers}. Or at least in my area theres lots of stables. We can get a lot of grass but drought lately isn't helping.
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post #3 of 25 Old 06-27-2010, 01:03 PM
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Shropshire, England

Pros
- quiet roads
- nice horsey people
- good show atmosphere
- pretty views when out and about
- lots of showing/ competition opportunities

Cons
- short trails
- where I live especially, no off road trails
- expensive land
- expensive but poor quality hay and haylage is expensive
- small areas of land- by that I mean lots of properties in a relatively small area and lots of field boundaries
- planning permission for everything!

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post #4 of 25 Old 06-27-2010, 01:09 PM
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Up North, NY

Pros- Hay is made right on property, semi-close feed store, 160 acres of trails right in my back yard, good horse people are semi-close.

Cons- Harsh winters, hard to get a vet out (because it's in the middle of nowhere), no other horse people in my town, small selection of shows
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post #5 of 25 Old 06-27-2010, 02:16 PM
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Northern California:

Pros:
-A lot of big shows locally (english and western!)
-Lots of schooling shows
-Trail riding in close proximity, you can go to the beach or you can go to the mountains; each about the same distance.
-The winters are bad but tolerable, we don't get snow so that's never an issue.
-Lots of reputable trainers


Cons:
Summers are HOT, like 100+
The winters it rains, a lot.
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post #6 of 25 Old 06-27-2010, 03:37 PM
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I moved south from Bucks Cty, PA and enjoy the mild winters.

Pros: Mild winters
Relatively cheaper land (then in PA)
I grow my own hay
Within an hour's drive from 100s of miles of trails
Quite a few horse people locally

Cons: It can get quite humid for ~3 weeks in the summer (although this year it came early and hasn't left yet)
Having the horses on the property makes vacations somewhat difficult but I've had horses with me for 30 years so I've managed.

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post #7 of 25 Old 06-27-2010, 04:10 PM
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I live in Alberta and its like Illinois. Big con is the winter, we get 4 1/2 months of summer and the rest is snow covered winter. I keep the horses at home and its always hard worrying about water, blankets, feed, proper fencing, etc. and its made all the much harder because we get down to -50 celsius.

Some pros are that in Alberta there are A LOT of stables and quite a few cross-country courses {for us eventers}. Or at least in my area theres lots of stables. We can get a lot of grass but drought lately isn't helping.
same, except for me theres planty of dressage barns

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post #8 of 25 Old 06-27-2010, 04:16 PM
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I live in Missouri, USA.

Pros: Good trails
Lots of horsey people
Lots of rodeos and clinics

Cons: Very hot summers, very cold winters
Not a lot of jumping shows
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post #9 of 25 Old 06-27-2010, 09:44 PM
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Northern Wisconsin, America

Pros
-lots of good riding trails
-people that don't mind driving past horses
-lots of forests/swamps/woods/open fields to switch things up
-lots of wild animals to see on a trail ride
-90 degree summer weather

Cons
-harsh winter lasting 9 months
-humid in the summer
-either way too dry or way too wet in the summer
-snow that makes trail riding impossible
-not many dressage/jumping/english riders
-the 3 months of summer are used for road construction so pulling a horse trailer can be difficult at times.

Even though I have more cons than pros...I love Wisconsin. Wouldn't trade it to live anywhere else...except maybe Brazil or Argentina. =)

To see the wind's power, the rain's cleansing, and the sun's radiant life, one need only to look at the horse.
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post #10 of 25 Old 06-27-2010, 11:21 PM
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In a small town in Tennessee, and danged proud of it.

Pros:
- Lots of people ride, so you may tons of friends.
- You can ride down main street and not get run over.
- Some towns still have hitching posts for horses.
- Lots of different places to ride trails, and since there are flatlands and highlands, there is a big variety of trails to go on.
- If you ride western, then you will fit in great here.
- There are tons of saddle clubs and rodeos around here.
- Horse riders get respect. LOTS of it.
- You either grow your own hay or buy it from your neighbor. (in my area at least)

Cons:
- Very POOR economy, so don't expect your horse to sell for a good price.
- Lots of backyard breeders and horse traders.
- Bipolar weather. You can be out riding on a nice summer day one minute, and then next you are having to gallop back to the farm so that random rain doesn't ruin your leather saddle.
- Not many shows for English riders.
- Everybody competes in the same thing, which is not always a bad thing, but there is not a lot of variety in disciplines.

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