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post #11 of 30 Old 02-11-2014, 02:41 PM
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I live on Maui, probably the second most expensive place t keep a horse. (A bale of hay $19.00)

Let's say you have an unlimited income. Okay, the other issues are:

Competition: there are quite a few good trainers already here. Training being what it is (handling of owners as well as horses!) there is probably always room for another trainer. There are several dressage trainers; not so many working cowhorse-type/reining trainers. Which brings us to:

Showing. In general, the shows are small...that is, tiny. I'm sure the show organizers here would welcome you with open arms! To be fair, though, I have to warn you that there isn't the competition you might prefer; you could fairly say all our shows are schooling shows.

I have to say I envy you on the mainland. I just wish I were young enough to brave your weather.
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post #12 of 30 Old 02-11-2014, 03:34 PM
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My trainer lives on Maui, comes back up here for summer and has lots of students in both places.
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post #13 of 30 Old 02-11-2014, 07:36 PM
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Ugh...You Hawaii Living People make me sick...

*Pouts* Stuck here in snowy, -5 Degree F Michigan...*

*Double Pout*
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post #14 of 30 Old 02-11-2014, 09:46 PM
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Found a thread I had posted a bunch of pictures on, instead of reposting them.

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post #15 of 30 Old 02-14-2014, 09:44 PM
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I have to say I envy you on the mainland. I just wish I were young enough to brave your weather.
I was going to say I envy you living in Hawaii :) However, California weather isn't that bad. I never get snow where I am, winter has been mild (50's so far). If you want snow you can always visit it in the mountains. Lots of horse resources here too. I get to ride year round.

I'd want to move there if I could, but I've got my animals I don't want to leave behind.
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post #16 of 30 Old 02-17-2014, 12:58 AM
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I lived in Hawaii before I got into horses, but my wife is from Waimanalo or Nalo as it is sometimes called. If you move there just be aware that EVERYTHING is much more expensive there--even pineapple. If you like polo it has some of the most beautiful polo fields in the world.
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post #17 of 30 Old 02-20-2014, 02:25 PM
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...A bale of hay $19.00...
OOPS! That's a HALF-bale, folks!
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post #18 of 30 Old 02-23-2014, 04:21 AM
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Reading this makes me just want to skip on down there and join you all in Hawaii! My driveway is a solid, yet uneven, length of ice right now. Please take me with you! lol

(Pineapple those pictures are gorgeous btw!)
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post #19 of 30 Old 04-27-2014, 05:00 PM
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@Pineapplepastures I am considering moving to Hawaii sometime next year. I am taking riding lessons where I live. I want to continue taking lessons and wanted to know what lesssons does your barn offer that you board at? English or Western? Thanks
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post #20 of 30 Old 04-28-2014, 01:38 AM
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I've lived on Oahu and the Big Island for all of my life (barring my recent move to Canada) so I have a decent amount of experience with the horse community on those two islands.

Living on islands is not like living on the mainland. The differences start from the origin of the resources you use to care for your horse and continue from there. Everything must be shipped over so most things cost more (hay, tack, you name it. I paid almost a hundred dollars to have a 17" English saddle shipped to the Big Island). Also, islands have only a finite amount of space, which means heavily populated islands like Oahu tend to have expensive boarding costs and less room to ride. If you ever chose to move you will need to deal with the cost of moving your horse (shipping can cost thousands of dollars and cause your horse to lose a significant amount of weight).

Hawaii can be either seem very accepting to outsiders (ohana and aloha spirit) or seem very closed off and clique-ish (family connections can seem unfairly important or give your competition a seemingly unfair advantage).

Oahu has several places that have horse communities/riding facilities. As some others have mentioned North Shore and Waimanalo. However, there are also smaller stables at Koko Crater and Kaneohe.

The Big Island is home to some massive ranches, however, this does not necessarily mean business is better. The shows are still pretty small and if you're interested in English the shows are even smaller. The paniolo-style of riding in hawaii is based on the roots of western riding, the vaqueros, so most of the riding on the big island is western. I had to search hard to find someone to teach me english riding on the Hilo-side of the Big Island when I lived there (most of the English riders are in Waimea/Kamuela/Kona). Also, being a primarily rural island the Big Island can cost you a lot in gas to get from client to client (don't forget gas has to be shipped in too so it also costs more).

Also, take into consideration what Roperchick has to say in terms of neglect and bad/behind-the-times practices. I've run into too many horses on the big island that suffered from severe neglect (elf shoe hooves, starving gangs of horses, bad breeding, lameness). This is worse on the big island as the rural-ness alows these people room to just leave their horses/do whatever they want.

I don't want to scare you off from Hawaii, but it is awful to see someone naively move over and have to listen to them realize that they've made the worst mistake of their lives and they hate it here, but don't have enough money to leave. :(

Many people move to the islands and love it here though! :) If you have an open heart and are willing to accept Hawaii as it is without complaints (or comparisons to how things are 'on the mainland') you can easily create a new family of friends in the islands who'll help you through thick and thin and help you get work by promoting you as someone they know.

Also, sorry to crush your dreams of riding on the beach, but it's illegal to do so in Hawaii...

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