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post #21 of 25 Old 05-11-2015, 06:08 PM
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I'm not familiar with the Tampa area I'm much farther north in Jacksonville, but I will suggest looking for equine vets in that area and calling or emailing them, they generally know what barns are best in the area.

You can also look on Craigslist for openings and get a general feel for certain barns as many barns advertise on CL here in FL.

Indoor arenas are not very common in the state for some reason, so you might not be able to find one with a completely indoor arena, but could likely find a covered arena of some kind.

A tip about the outdoor boarding, take a look at any potential pasture or paddock after it has rained, swamp land, and 're-claimed' swamp land is fairly cheap, which encourages people to buy it, but it has a high flood potential. I've seen lots of horses standing in fetlock deep water for days on end because of the land being too low and swampy and it doesn't drain well. It seems the further south you go the more of a problem it can become.

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post #22 of 25 Old 05-12-2015, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
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Ohh that would be awful! Thanks so much I'll definitely do that. I want a stall for him incase of sever weather or if it's too hot during summer but for the most part id like him to be out as much as possible do to him having bad arthritis. He feels much better being out... That's a great idea to call local vets I bet they know a lot about the stables I the area.
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post #23 of 25 Old 05-12-2015, 06:56 PM
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I can honestly say the stall would be used most in the summer as it is so hot and humid, which also encourages surprise severe thunderstorms. Many barns stall during the day and turnout at night farther south, so that is a very common set up here.

People always talk about how nice it is year round for riding, but in the summer when it's 95-100* with a humidity level of 80% or more, you just don't ride until nightfall or in a covered arena with fans in the evening. Trail riding on heavily wooded paths is also a good option, just make sure you bring some Gatorade for yourself. I've gotten dehydrated just puttering around at a walk during a slow/ hot day lesson and nearly passed out. I never even realized I was so dehydrated until it happened. I'm thankful my instructor had water and Gatorade on hand as I had brought nothing with me that day.

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post #24 of 25 Old 05-13-2015, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah in the summer here it gets hot and humid probably not as bad as Florida but hot enough that we don't ride during the day either early in the morning or later evening after it cools down. And same thing with turn out they go out all night and in during the day.... So during your fall-spring what's the weather like? Is it still too hot to ride during the day or is it cooler and more comfortable? Thanks for answering all my crazy questions lol! Just want to be prepared
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post #25 of 25 Old 05-13-2015, 04:42 PM
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Well the best months for riding are typically late September through until about early April in the NE part of FL, down south it tends to stay warm year round, but the summers are longer and more brutal down there too.

In the fall it can fluctuate and be 75 one day and 96 the next, same for early spring as well, then you'll get random cold snaps at night for a few weeks. But generally it's a good time to ride except for June, July, and August when it get's far too hot to do anything during the day.

We also sometimes go through droughts and will get firestorms, but this year has been very wet already as was last year so the fires are probably not going to be an issue this year.
We also have severe surprise thunderstorms and the occasional lightning storm. We haven't been directly hit by a hurricane in a very long time, a few mid-category tropical storms, but nothing brutal. I don't bother to evac unless it's a category 4 or stronger hurricane and I'm 15 minutes from the beach, but I'm also on high ground. So long as you're not in a flood zone you should be good.

I love December for riding, especially further south. Let's put it this way, I can go to Disneyworld around Christmas time in jeans and a tee-shirt and not break a sweat most years. Last year I was in shorts and a tank top and was comfortable in the sun and in the shade, low to no humidity and just warm enough to be comfy. Perfect riding weather.

Ask away, I love answering questions.

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