ASSFS Blog Hop: Location, location, location.

So often when I discover a new blog, I’m curious where the blogger is from. Not because I like to stalk people (ha), but because I feel like that frames how I think about their horse situation. I know several bloggers board and live in an urban area, several who board and live out in the country, and like me, several who live out in the country and own our own property.

With this in mind, I’ve decided to create my first blog hop!

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These are our mountains.

My farm and horses are located in Southwest Virginia. We’re located in the Appalachian mountains, though not deep in coal country. There are lots of farms in our area and I think it is safe to say that most people around here either own or lease land on which to keep their horses instead of boarding.

Costs of horse keeping in SWVA? (Note that these costs come from my experience and may vary…especially the hay costs, depending on what time of year hay is purchased. I’m an early bird where buying hay is concerned.)

  • Trim-$30
  • Shoes-$65
  • Average cost of a month of full time training- $600
  • Average monthly pasture board- $200
  • Average monthly stall board- $450 (this figure I’m the least confident on as I’ve never had a horse in stall board without training.)
  • Hay:
    • Round bale, mixed grass- $30-$40 depending on ifย delivered.
    • Square bales, orchard grass- $5 per bale, plus possible delivery, though a lot of people have a truck/trailer and will just go get it themselves.
  • Mountain views? Priceless.

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Weather? The warmest it gets here is the 90’s (though more often 80’s and below) and it while occasionally it gets below 0 here, more often the temperature stays in the 20’s/30’s during winter. We normally have two/three heavy snows (between 8 and 18 inches) and several dustings/1-2 inch snows during winter. Spring and fall are the best though, and the area is the prettiest during these seasons (these seasons have the best riding weather).

Riding demographic for the area? Mostly western and trail riders. If you go an hour in either direction you run into more English disciplines like hunter/jumper and dressage. We’re a little over two hours from the VA Horse Center, so that’s nice. We have one tack store in the area, and it is 99.9% western gear and generally at the max MSRP. Other tack stores are close to an hour away, so I order most stuff online.

Other notes? In hunting season you can often hear random gun shots around dusk. You know, after work when its most convenient to ride in the 15 seconds before it is completely dark. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Luckily Paige and Copper are used to it and don’t even react anymore. I could probably shoot a gun off of Paige if the situation called for it, but I have yet to attempt that.

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The reasons for the gun shots.

Frustrating things about our area?

  • The tack store situation can be annoying. Though, honestly, I’d probably still shop online regardless since I buy mostly used tack.
  • We have a shortage of quality large animal veterinarians. My vet comes from an hour away, but is an older man, who I hope has no intentions of retirement.

 

So, tell me about where you live. Are thereย any frustrating things about your area? What is the weather like? How does the cost of keeping horses compare to where I live?


Blogs Who Have Hopped Along (in no particular order):

Draft Mare

Poor Woman Showing

AHA Moments

Rocking E Cowgirl

An Equestrian Life

Equestrian at Hart

DIY Horse Ownership

A Enter Spooking

SpottedDressage

That Red Mare

Fly On Over

hellomylivia

The Roaming Rider

Hand Gallop

Autonomous Dressage

Journey with a Dancing Horse

Calm, Forward, Straight.

Dutch Run Farm

Oak Creek Ranch

Let’s Get Ready to Runkle

Grain Before Groceries

ShelbyRAllen

the $900 FB Pony

A Collection of Madcap Escapades

If I have forgotten anyone, please comment on this post and tell me. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

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33 thoughts on “ASSFS Blog Hop: Location, location, location.

  1. I like this idea! I’m always curious about everyone too. Your area sounds pretty ๐Ÿ™‚ AND pretty cheap… So that’s nice! I’m going to work on mine tonight!

  2. What a great idea for a blog hop! I love learning about the different regions of the country and this is a great way to do it… and in relation to horses!

  3. Great post – sounds like SWVA is a great place to keep horses. I’m in Canada – would love to respond, but I’d need to blow the dust off my poor old blog!

  4. Love this! SW VA is *very* much like Frederick County, MD! From climate right down to the cost of boarding and horse care. It’s funny because we lived and boarded in Montgomery County, MD (right outside of DC, but only 25-ish miles from where we live and board now) and the price for boarding was literally double. It’s crazy what being close to a big city does to the cost of horsekeeping.

  5. I am jealous (in a nice way). This is a fabulous idea for a blog hop and very educational. Maybe I can use some of these posts as evidence to my hubs that a move in the future would not be a bad thing. Where I live it’s too darn crowded and expensive, although very horsey. Ug.

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