I am seriously considering moving to northern Florida (between Tallahasse & Jacksonville & north of Gainesville) for health reasons. This past winter was hell and I don’t think I can survive another cold winter. Right now I have a senior pony and 2 minis. They live in a dry lot and get to walk a 1/2 mile circuit once a day, which I plan to increase as things get warmer.
The only things I normally vaccinate for are EEE, WNV, WEE, Tetanus & Rabies. Are there any other disease to be concerned about?
Aside from hurricanes & the heat, are there any other possible environmental problems or hazards?
I used to have a really excellent vet here who was great at doing their teeth, was actually capable of critical thinking and could do chiro/acupuncture. How likely is it that I’d be able to find a good vet?
Property wise, I’ve been looking for at least 15 acres in a safe area. I really much prefer rural life away from other people as much as possible, but all the sites I’ve been on looking at towns seem geared towards sending people to cities. Right now I’m about an hour outside of any city and am very happy here.
Is there anything I should know about living or having horses in Florida? I realize I’ll probably have to clip the minis more, since they’re hairy little beasts. I’ve been in Florida during the summer before, so am very aware of what the heat is like.