My husband and I moved to North FL (between St. Augustine and Jax) in August 2019. While we love it down here, I’ve had significant difficulty finding affordable boarding for my gelding. Everyone in this area knows that it’s very expensive due to hay costs and the low number of boarding facilities. It is really difficult to locate a GOOD boarding barn that is affordable. Currently, I am paying $930/mo for 4 flakes of hay per day, no covered arena, some trails, jump ring, outdoor arena…he is turned out at night. I paid as much as $1000/mo for board before they raised it to $1150/mo, which is why I Ieft and went to a new barn. I am considering looking for a home for my guy back up north (only with a friend or friend of a friend, not selling him to a stranger. He would be more comfortable temperature-wise, and I will not be completely stressed out over money…this was not an issue in Maryland where NICE, AFFORDABLE boarding barns were a dime a dozen compared to down here. I had a colic-scare today at the barn. He’s ok, but new barn is hot, compared to other places. I didn’t know this when I moved there. So between temperatures, money, and few barns to choose from, I’m completely frustrated. I know heat will be an issue no matter where I go in FL. But again, it’s lack of choice and price that I’m tired of dealing with.
So here’s my question…where else in Florida on the east coast, within 30-45 min of a beach, would be a better choice to live and board horses. I know nothing about other areas and researching is like looking for a needle in a haystack. I want to know from people who actually live there that boarding is between X price - Y price, and there are many OR not a lot of boarding barns. This way, I can determine what area hubby and I might look into. He is pretty open moving elsewhere. If I can find possible options, I may consider keeping my horse with me…if I can afford it.
PLEASE help me out…I really need it. Thank you!!!