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post #1 of 13 Old 05-04-2009, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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where is Horse Country?

Where is the best place to live,where there is alot of trails,and alot of fun people to ride with? I live in the state of Maine and there isnt a lot to do here,and it is to cold.
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post #2 of 13 Old 05-04-2009, 04:15 PM
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Pennsylvania has a lot of places all over! I live in Chester County, right next the Lancaster County (Amish Country, lol) and there are horse facilities all over. The best place in Chester County IMO is Unionville. LOTS of land, big time horse owners (not necessarily a good thing ), a lot of different events, and some very knowledgeable people. If you remember Barbaro or Smarty Jones from the race track, they were both trained in or around Chester County, PA. Barbaro's training facility is actually about two miles from my house and barn.
I love it here! Very temperate. Hot summers, fairly cold winters, but not too much snow.
I actually have a house in Maine, but we always go in the summer! Very pretty place.
I know that Virginia is all around horse country, but it's pretty warm there, I think. Pennsylvania isn't too far from Maine! Where abouts do you live?

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post #4 of 13 Old 05-04-2009, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Ellsworth, near Bar Harbor. I hate the thought of going through another winter.It was so bad here.
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post #5 of 13 Old 05-04-2009, 04:31 PM
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That's funny I've been to Ellsworth a lot! My house is in Petite Manan. In the middle of no where! I'm so used to have a store a mile away and "town" being only a ten minute drive.
I can't even imagine going through winter there. I love the snow, but we only get little ones about three times a winter. Little meaning less than a foot of snow. I think our biggest this year was 7 inches.

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That sounds nice.Do you ride all winter there in Pa.?
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Yeah I do! As long as the ring is dragged, its no biggie. I've been out trail riding in the snow, too. I just get bundled up and pull on those fleece lined breeches!

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post #8 of 13 Old 05-05-2009, 10:41 AM
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I live in Cecil county, close to a place called Fair Hill. Perhaps anyone here has heard of it? Barbaro stayed there. And its well known throughout the country.
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post #9 of 13 Old 05-05-2009, 11:42 AM
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Virginia if you like wooded trail rides, but it rains quite a bit and the ground gets muddy.

California high desert (southern california) if you want great weather and prefer wide-open desert rides with no humidity.... not the best area if you ride English. Virginia is full of English riders. Also, virginia has grass... the desert doesn't.
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post #10 of 13 Old 05-06-2009, 09:50 AM
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Personally I think everywhere is horse country. I'm one of those that think we should have a horse on the dollar bill instead of an eagle
I read somewhere that New Mexico was the most horse friendly state as far as traveling through. I wouldn't live there because hay/grass is too scarce.
Oklahoma is very horsey and the winters are very mild.
Kentucky has lots of horses but I know its fairly expensive to live there.
I like Kansas, it has lots of trails, cheap hay, lots of grass and mild winters. It snowed a couple of times and we did have one ice storm this year. Its almost always sunny (although its been raining a lot lately).
I think my 2 picks would be Kansas and Oklahoma. Mostly for cost of living and horse keeping expenses being low.


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