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post #1 of 30 Old 02-11-2014, 01:00 AM Thread Starter
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Talking Moving to Hawaii?

I have always had a passion for horses and here over the past few years I finally decided I really wanted to work as a horse trainer and potentially build my own barn and board.

But with that being said I have recently probably over the past year or so I have been looking into moving to Hawaii. I have only done research on islands and such but I really wanted to see if there were any fellow horse lovers on the islands! And if I were to move what island would I have the most luck in the horse industry. If it came down to it I WOULD choose horses over the islands but if I could have both that would be amazing.

Any and all feed back is welcome!
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post #2 of 30 Old 02-11-2014, 01:24 AM
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I've been on Oahu for 3+ years. I'll be stuck here another year.
IMO if you want the horse industry here your best bet is Kauai or the big island. Oahus horse industry (minus polo) is non existent. But theres alos of big ranches on the big island.

P.S. EVERYTHING on this island and the others is stupidly overpriced so be prepared for that.
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post #3 of 30 Old 02-11-2014, 01:25 AM
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Hi! Hawaii is the most amazing place for horses!!! You can ride all year round and in some of the most amazing places, like the beach or through jungles. I live on Oahu, there is a decent amount of horse owners and lovers but there is a huge need for more horse related establishments. Let me know if you have any questions!
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post #4 of 30 Old 02-11-2014, 01:34 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you both! I figured it would be a little higher in the price side of things considering its an island.

And pineapplepastures I would love to see pictures of where you get to ride! Do you have your own property or do you board?

And what would you say is a big need you all have? Maybe that could be my way to wiggle into the market and onto an island!
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IMO (take this with a grain of salt. I've been stuck here for three yes without my horses. And I took a job at the rescue rehabbing and on the rescue team so I saw the butt end of the industry here most times)

There's only 2 vets. 1 who refuses to service one side of the island and the other who burns your wallet to get him here.
Lack of adequate facilities. There's a few niceish Ines at random parts of the island. But for most its way out of the way or too expensive.
There's ALOT of over breeding and irresponsible breeding. Which leads to a giant overpopulation (scary Congo from inbreeding) issue and some here just don't realize how expensive they are so when they cant afford them anymore hey just leave em.
I've never seen so much blatant abuse and neglect as here.
And again adequate facilities. I've seen the most makeshift dangerous downright scary constructions passing as stalls and barns.

Not a lot of farriers either. At least in my parts. A couple self proclaimed barefoot trimmers that don't know front end from back end of a horse and bought their "degrees" online. Not to say there isn't some good ones out there.

But it does have its perks. The horse community is very close. Small island everybody knows everybody (or at least your horse).
Cheesy as it sounds hey have the ohana mentality.they will help you out no matter what.
Beautiful mountain and beach trails and scenery to ride on.
If you're into rodeo they have the HWPRA here a lot. Polo, English. A little bit of everything.

I'd say the biggest needs this island would be medical side (chiro, vet, equissage, farrier etc) and facilities.


Big island wise. Complete 180. We went there on a 3 day pass and my draw was on the ground. There is some SUPER impressive ranches out there. Don't know much about extra details but they do also have wild donkeys lol. We get 10 or so at the rescue every once in awhile hahaha
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Thank you so much! You really gave me some incite on what I could do and help out with on the island! I am rather excited about looking into these things now!
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I live on Oahu and really like it, mostly because I've found my niche with equine therapy and the place I board my horses at is the cheapest on the island. Board around the island is insanely expensive, and as mentioned above- vet care and farrier care is limited, but I've found a happy medium and have come across no issues recently.

I've heard the Big Island is better horse wise- more people and more opportunities (:
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Oahu could definitely use another tack and/or boot store. There is a huge need for vets! There are a few nice stables with indoor and other riding facilities but the more the merrier. Oahu has two major horse towns: nalo & north shore. Price wise though you can buy property for really cheap on big island. It'll cost you at least a mil to buy anything decent on Oahu. I board in nalo for 200 a month, and the people, especially the BO have been nothing short of amazing to me and my horse. No complaints what so ever about horses in Oahu.

A lot of the people posting keep saying they are "stuck here" which makes me think they never wanted to be here, probably military and stationed here. If you love the island you'll do well. If not, island fever is a real thing!!! Hope that helps! Lmk if you have more questions, I'll post some pictures in a minute
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I second Roperchick with the horse industry being the best (compared to the others) on either the big island or Kawaii. And everything else she already posted.

It's a big decision/big move

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post #10 of 30 Old 02-11-2014, 03:28 PM
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Word. Really not trying to be a negative Nancy. Just not my cup of tea here. It is a beautiful place and a fun place to be. Just do your research and be prepared.

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