We planned on moving up to SLO after retirement but like many others, the last couple years had us reevaluating life and we ended up finding a place that worked for us at the end of last year. Hubs retired this year, started his new job up there this month, I will be moving up from OC with the menagerie once we get perimeter fencing and temp pipe stalls safely in place. We also inherited a sweet kitty with the property. We were told he was an outside cat, but apparently no one told him since he’s been sleeping with my husband every single night. He’s been gifting us on average 2 gophers a week, so I think he wants to keep us. Thankfully he and the dogs all get along.
For my central coast peeps, any words of wisdom or recommendations you would like to share regarding horsey infrastructure? I’ll have my 3 horses on our property in Arroyo Grande on the Mesa. We are about 40 minutes north of Alamo Pintado. One of my vets interned there and is reaching out to find referrals for me, but I can use all the help I can get. I’m leaving amazing vets, the most fantastic farrier I have had in decades of horse ownership (you all know how hard that is to find), and a lovely drama-free barn family I’ve had the pleasure to board with for the last 10 years. SO, as excited as I am about the move, I am super apprehensive too.
I’m hoping some may have suggestions for vets you trust (large and small animal), farriers, feed, etc. My oldest has high/low ringbone in both fronts and requires special shoeing and staying on top of his angles. Part of this move was for him too, so he’d have access to 24/7 turn-out and a safe place to retire when treatment plans are no longer effectively keeping him comfortable for light riding.
Also, any suggestions regarding trail riding in the area. It’s my main go-to and coming from a location with miles of interconnected regional trail systems off property, having some place I could putz around right out the driveway was a must. We can ride off property in my new neighborhood and I think there is a system that gets me down to Trilogy and the trails in Nipomo. But, I also have a 3H GN and can haul out for longer rides when not working. I am joining the Nipomo Trail Riders Alliance hoping to make connections and find folks to ride with. Any other suggestions would be great.
Thanks in advance!