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post #1 of 32 Old 07-16-2014, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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Good horse property in the US?

I just want to know about the best states in the US for horse people. Not too crowded, beautiful trails, cheap land and cost of living (relatively), mild climate (I do like snow, but not 10 feet of it!).

I have never been outside of Texas and Oklahoma. Nice places, but I absolutely DO NOT like the weather here.
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post #2 of 32 Old 07-16-2014, 05:49 PM
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The Portland, OR area is nice. I've lived in a lot of places (my dad was in the Army, so we moved around a lot) and this is definitely my favorite.

The cost of land is pretty low unless you want to be right next to the city. Once you go about 30 minutes out (to the west side, at least) there's a lot of farmland. Plenty of well-maintained trails (Stub Stewart State Park, Tillamook State Forest, etc.) Just over an hour drive to the beach, with horse camping available Nehalem Bay State Park.

The winters are pretty mild, though rainy. Last winter we had "real" snow (6 to 8 inches?) for the first time in about 5 years. There's usually a threat of snow each winter, but generally nothing that doesn't melt by noon. Summer is dry and also pretty mild- usually in the high 70's/low 80's. Most houses don't even have air conditioners. And for some reason, not nearly as many bugs as you'd expect.

It seems like there's plenty of horse people around in all disciplines, too.
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I have Oregon on my list of places that I want to visit . That sounds so nice.
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I was born and raised in the Portland area. Live in Oklahoma now. IMO it is very expensive in Oregon.income tax is high and the property taxes will eat you up! Very rainy especially the coast. Was there a couple of years ago and was wearing a hoodie at the beach in August. Was windy and rainy. But it is pretty and there are nice trails.
I also live in Nevada for 5 years. A town calle Pahrump.it is 60 miles west of Vegas. Beautiful country to ride in. Desert and mountains. Also up. Y the Reno area is very nice.
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post #5 of 32 Old 07-16-2014, 06:53 PM
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Western Washington is also very nice, though the cost of living can be high in some areas. So can the cost of hay... I just spent $380 on a ton. But, there are cheaper areas.

One thing you have to keep in mind is what you plan to do for work. Areas with lower costs of living often have less work opportunities.
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post #6 of 32 Old 07-16-2014, 06:59 PM
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income tax is high and the property taxes will eat you up!
The higher income tax is somewhat offset by not having a sales tax. Whether or not it offsets it completely depends on how much money you earn and how much you spend

Property taxes are definitely sky high in Multnomah County (where Portland is) but lower in neighboring Washington County (where I live). This is the first place I've ever owned a home, so I can't say if it's still expensive compared to other places.

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post #7 of 32 Old 07-16-2014, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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One thing you have to keep in mind is what you plan to do for work. Areas with lower costs of living often have less work opportunities.
Very true. I'm not 100% set on what I want to do for work, but I'm thinking about becoming a special education teacher and a riding instructor on the side. I'm a freshman in college, you're not necessarily supposed to have things set in stone at this point . But, I'll figure it out.
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post #8 of 32 Old 07-16-2014, 07:26 PM
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This link might help.

Once you figure out which states will work for you, financially, then start to narrow them down according to horse appeal.

Kiplinger has been around for eons and is a credible place to gather this sort of information.

The Kiplinger Tax Map: Guide to State Income Taxes, State Sales Taxes, Gas Taxes, Sin Taxes-Kiplinger

No matter how attractive an area is, it has no value if the person can't afford to live there
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post #9 of 32 Old 07-17-2014, 01:15 AM
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I love riding in the summer in Wisconsin but wouldn't recommend it for the winters. The summers can get really hot, in the 80s and 90s, there's lots of humidity and there are days when you can't ride due to the heat. But I still love the summer because imo it's worth it for the nice days if you like nature since it is really beautiful out in the country and in the forests and parks. The winters can be very harsh with lots of ice, slush and snow, not to mention below freezing more often than you'd think. There are days when it's just plain not safe to ride if you are limited to the outdoors. It's better if you have an indoor arena though (hopefully close by since if it's a bad day you might not be safe driving there) and are okay with supplementing feed if need be.
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post #10 of 32 Old 07-17-2014, 01:20 AM
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I live in Northeastern Wisconsin. I love riding here year round. Spring and fall are good for riding with minimal bugs and lots of water(spring) to play around in. IMHO nothing beats a night ride in the dead of winter when the moon is full and the snow is a few feet deep. Attach jingle bells to your saddle and it is PERFECT! Our snow doesnt get THAT deep up here (maybe 2 feet high at the MAX) Trails are beautiful, and lots of green space! I was born and raised here, and I wouldnt want to go anywhere else!!
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