I very recently lost my first horse that I owned for about two months. I am sad because I barely got the chance to know her and she didn’t get the chance to teach me all of the things.
The loss of her was the tipping point to the fact that I need to leave Charlotte, NC. I am not very content in Charlotte, and feel like it’s not a great place for me to find a new horse and continue living here. So I am looking for suggestions on where you would go if you were in my shoes. I currently work at Amazon, which is very large and located in almost every major city, so I have the ability to move fairly easily. I would relocate to Aiken,SC, but the nearest locations are Charleston or Columbia, and commute wise I would not be able to find a close enough barn.
Some of the locations I am considering are Chicago, IL, Indianapolis, IN, Greenville, S.C or Coumbia, SC. Most of the locations I would consider would be South East, no further Midwest than Chicago. I am not huge on Southern states past GA (family), I am open to Virgina. I will probably have to commute from the city to the barn, and would like the distance of the barn to be no more than 30 minutes from the city… I’ve considered Florida too, but I don’t know how the eventing communities are and how affordable of an option it would be. Would love opinions on the cities I listed or experiences in those cities.
What places do you recommend that are:
- year-round strong Eventing communities with good trainers
- near larger cities (with 30-45 minutes)
- have a reasonable cost of living
Where would you go? Who do you recommend? Where are the barns with lesson programs that can help you find a new horse?
Cost of living wise:
$800 range in rent, I pay $1200 in rent now, but would like to get that down
Board range: $400-600 (facilities with indoors), I pay $400 now but could fluctuate with rent decreasing
*basically rent and board cost below 2k is ideal.
*I work 40-60 hours weekly, working off board isn’t a huge option and provides a need for an indoor or appropriately lit outdoor!