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Hoofprints in the Sand 11-06-2011 09:29 AM

Boarding in Florida versus Ohio
 
Sooo as many of you know, my future plans are to move to Florida...prob around Ocala...so what are the differences I should know about between boarding in Ohio and boarding in Florida?

For example in Ohio I don't need to worry about sand colic but I know in florida that's something to deal with.
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HorseTrance 11-06-2011 10:11 AM

Most recommend you to board in a stall only, because Florida can get scorching hot in the summer for horses if they just stay outside.. unless the place has a nice big run in shed/shelter.

Hay is expensive in Florida.. so try to get a boarding place that feeds your horse for you.

And I'd think all you would have to worry about rather than sand colic, is bugs, gators, and fungus growth.. I've never lived down in Florida, but I have been there enough to know how the stable life is different from ohios. =]

Really, you are getting a better deal moving to Florida! Lots of shows, warm weather, being able to ride in the winter, being able to ride on the beach! Having the best vets available, HUGE stables, and HUGE breeding programs. And also, since there are so many people coming and going in the state, there will always be many many horses for sale and auctions.

Hoofprints in the Sand 11-06-2011 05:07 PM

thanks! I was wondering about the stall...so many places offer pasture board and they cost what my stall board here does! :p
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myhorsesonador 11-06-2011 05:20 PM

I never had any problem with sand colic. I did pasture board for a while but I really do prefer a stall with a fan for when it gets hot/rains. It does rain A LOT!!! I don't know that hay is more exspencive. I was buying costal from the best place in town for $6.50 a bale, and that was on the high end.

I love it here! It really is the best place for horse people.

csimkunas6 11-06-2011 05:33 PM

Well....I moved from WV to NC. So kind of somewhat similar to what your doing, kinda LOL

Sand Colic has been a concern here for me, well for Rodeo. But everyone at the barn just told me to buy Metamucil and that it works the same, and is much cheaper than Sand Clear.

I have heard that the footing is INCREDIBLE in Florida! I know I was talking to a friend that also moved from WV to NC, and she said that the ground is so nice and soft, and considerably less rocks that her horses that had shoes in WV, and were sore without them and just fine without shoes here :)

myhorsesonador 11-06-2011 05:36 PM

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Originally Posted by csimkunas6 (Post 1224424)
Well....I moved from WV to NC. So kind of somewhat similar to what your doing, kinda LOL

Sand Colic has been a concern here for me, well for Rodeo. But everyone at the barn just told me to buy Metamucil and that it works the same, and is much cheaper than Sand Clear.

I have heard that the footing is INCREDIBLE in Florida! I know I was talking to a friend that also moved from WV to NC, and she said that the ground is so nice and soft, and considerably less rocks that her horses that had shoes in WV, and were sore without them and just fine without shoes here :)

I have noticed our ground is beter that SC. We do have rocks but not to bad. Most people here don't even have arenas because the ground is good enough. eventualy it will all turn to sand if the horses eat/ride on it enough any way. :P

Hoofprints in the Sand 11-06-2011 05:55 PM

Nice on the footing! Yeah all year here it's been mud mud and more mud! All the horses at my barn have rain rot even with daily grooming! I won't miss that about ohio!
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raywonk 11-06-2011 06:03 PM

Be prepared for your shoeing bill to triple.

myhorsesonador 11-06-2011 06:55 PM

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Originally Posted by raywonk (Post 1224456)
Be prepared for your shoeing bill to triple.

Why do you say that?

raywonk 11-06-2011 07:16 PM

$300 plus in lots of areas. From what I have been told by friends that moved from that area.


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