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post #1 of 5 Old 06-03-2012, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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Advice and Recommendations for Arizonan....

I am a new member (40s) and novice rider (and thats putting it charitably). my wife and daughter are more advanced riders. But I'm the computer geek....that's why it's me asking, not her.

I'm looking for advice on two things, if I may be so bold to pepper you all with questions after such a brief introduction....

1) I'm not a natural rider, I'm hoping to do well enough to participate with the family, perhaps buying a horse (husband horse is the term ?) in the future. Maybe. If i get lots better. But for now, any advice for a trainer in the East Valley of Phoenix? Gilbert, Chandler area. Western.

2) we r looking for a summer getaway home/lot-to-build in the cooler AZ climes within 3 hours drive from Phoenix, (for work reasons) to take us and the horse(s) away from 115 degree heat when school is out. We have tentatively looked at Prescott and Flagstaff. These seem the coolest in summer. We would like an equestrian- compatible community, preferably with families etc. Be nice to have trails/riding terrain nearby. Any opinions would be welcome. We have started asking agents in those areas.....


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post #2 of 5 Old 06-04-2012, 12:40 AM
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Sorry I can't give you any advice but I do want to say welcome to the forum!

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post #3 of 5 Old 06-04-2012, 12:45 AM
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It will depend more upon what you can tolerate as to primitive lifestyle compared to the city.
Prescott shuts down after 6 pm, except bars and eateries.
It will also depend on your preferred style of living, as well as your budget.
There's miles and miles of trails within a short trailer from prescott, or keep heading north to Chino our paulden.
Beforewarned though, Chino has a wicked case of inferiority complex, it tries to grow but the way people think keeps it Podunk style.
Paulden is worse yet, and meth labs are an issue.
But, that area sits on the largest aquifer in the state, so you'll always have good water. Chino is hit and miss.
Dewey is mostly a superfund area, and you either have to truck water in, or you have to test your well annually for lead and arsenic due to the mining activity there years ago.
Coyote Springs has a lawsuit going on over CC&R issues, and that is 9 years running.
Look at Walker, Groom creek, and potato patch areas. Not quite a polluted, and good living. You besthave a 4x4 truck though. Snow in there can get real deep.

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post #4 of 5 Old 06-04-2012, 06:01 PM
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I can't help you at all, but I wanted to wish you a warm welcome to you and your family here on the forum. I hope you all enjoy it.
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post #5 of 5 Old 06-04-2012, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the welcomes and info....

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