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post #1 of 25 Old 04-23-2015, 07:55 AM Thread Starter
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anyone live in Florida thatcan give me some info.

Hi- my fiancé and I are thinking about moving to Florida because he just got a job offer to relocate. We currently live in Ohio. My questions are how does Florida compare to Ohio for a horses? I want to make sure he will be okay, he's my biggest concern. I know my dogs will be okay but I'm sure that's a huge change for a horse with different grass, different weather etc. I have vacationed in Florida a few times I'm aware that it gets humid but it gets humid in Ohio too. Are the flies way worse or comparable to Ohio? Do horses usually get turned out at night to avoid the flies? The area we are looking at is near Lakeland or Bartow. Does anyone know of a stable near that area that is great care and lots of turn out? Preferably near trails. I'm open to any and all informations anyone can proved. Thanks in advance!!!
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Hi- my fiancé and I are thinking about moving to Florida because he just got a job offer to relocate. We currently live in Ohio. My questions are how does Florida compare to Ohio for a horses? I want to make sure he will be okay, he's my biggest concern. I know my dogs will be okay but I'm sure that's a huge change for a horse with different grass, different weather etc. I have vacationed in Florida a few times I'm aware that it gets humid but it gets humid in Ohio too. Are the flies way worse or comparable to Ohio? Do horses usually get turned out at night to avoid the flies? The area we are looking at is near Lakeland or Bartow. Does anyone know of a stable near that area that is great care and lots of turn out? Preferably near trails. I'm open to any and all informations anyone can proved. Thanks in advance!!!
I am from Iowa and winter in Florida, near Ocala. Hay is 3x's as expensive. Horses are more prone to allergies and hives in FL. If you are in a sandy area fleas are a big deal. I am sure board will be at least double of what you are used to. The humidity level isn't comparable to the Midwest. Much more humid in FL.

Sand clear is a must for horses regardless of where you are in FL.
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Oh yes I am prepared for hay to be extremely expensive compared to Ohio hay cost. So are the sand fleas basically like us having flies and horse flies all over our horses in OH? Is there prevention that works? I'm just trying o make sure my horse would be happy and that moving him wouldn't cause him harm. I heard of people that send their horses to Florida from Ohio during Winter for training, knowing that I would think that those horses adapt quickly to the change? Is grass available year around or since its hot and humid is grass hard to come by?
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I live in Lakeland! Pm me if you have any questions about stables!
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That would be great! I'll send you a pm! Thanks!! :)
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I grew up with horses in Florida. I doubt much has changed. Pros: year-round riding. No such thing as "too cold to ride." Even in summer, when it's hot, you ride in the late afternoon. Most of Florida's suburbs have wide verges alongside roads on which you can ride. I used to ride all over Hialeah and Miami Lakes with ease, simply because there was ten to twenty feet between me and the road. Many boarding barns have runouts attached to their stalls...I love this set up, although it doesn't seem as common as it used to be.

Flies are an issue, just as everywhere, but I don't recall much problem with sandfleas. It may be regional. All pastures and paddocks are sandbased, and if you feed off the ground, then yeah, sandclear is a good idea. However, I never used it and never had a problem. And every couple of years, I'd retop my paddock in fresh, white, playground sand. Great drainage and easy to pick. ;)

If you have a choice, I'd move in the spring, when temps in the north are cool but warming, after the bulk of winter coat has shed. It'll give your horse time to grow accustomed to the increased heat and humidity gradually, as the worst Florida weather hits in August and September.

Put away your blankets, cause you won't ever need them again. Ever. At most, you might use a light cover one or two days a year.

Hay is more expensive, and it's different. You don't want to buy "grass hay" in Florida, as it will usually be a variety called "coastal," and it just isn't good. I never liked it, anyway. You'll want T&A or straight timothy. T&A is what I always bought--a mix of timothy and alfalfa.

I'm a bit jealous. I never realized how fortunate I was to grow up in Florida on horseback until I moved to PA and tried to ride through the winters. I get why people turn their horses out in January and don't ride again till April. I can barely force myself onto my horse in Feb.
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I ride/live in Florida. In terms of flies, it is manageable with fly spray and regular grooming to clean up the sweaty areas on your horse. Lots of AMAZING trails near Ocala or Gainesville. Certain trails attract more flies than others though
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Thanks so much for all the info. You all have been a huge help!
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Oh yes I am prepared for hay to be extremely expensive compared to Ohio hay cost. So are the sand fleas basically like us having flies and horse flies all over our horses in OH? Is there prevention that works? I'm just trying o make sure my horse would be happy and that moving him wouldn't cause him harm. I heard of people that send their horses to Florida from Ohio during Winter for training, knowing that I would think that those horses adapt quickly to the change? Is grass available year around or since its hot and humid is grass hard to come by?
Sand fleas are more of a problem for your dogs and cats. They do not have grass year round as it turns brown and dormant in the winter where I was.
Most of the hay is trucked in unless you use coastal.
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First, you are goin to love Publix supermarkets ( Sigh, I miss them) lol.

Having spent 40 years in Fla, last 8 near Lakeland, in Plant City, the humidity is an absolute bear! During the summer, I hosed my horses down every afternoon before putting them up, to wash the sweat off and cool them down . Fly spray is a given, I used Repel X concentrate, mixed it myself 2 x a day. Stock up on generic Metamucil, ( for sand) Wmart has the best price.

Worm your horses every 3 months, tick season is in the fall, and Lyme disease is a possibility. Love bugs make their appearance every May and September. There are 2 awesome Vets in that area, Dr Sally Collins in Plant City, and Dr Wyrather (Dr Wy) near Lakeland.

Don't for get your sunscreen, and enjoy Fla.
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