Living The Dream
Houses nestled in a rich green valley, with a meandering stream connecting small ponds or a lake. Riding trails stretching in all directions through wooded areas and marshlands. A centralized riding facility with a large enclosed arena, horse stalls for boarding, an outdoor arena, round pen, tack room and washing facility. Perhaps even an on-site horse trainer. A communal clubhouse, complete with swimming pool, and golf course; as well as good friends who share your passion for horses and gracious living.
Sound like a dream come true? It is. For those who can afford it.
Since the 1970's Equestrian Communities have been springing up like mushrooms all over North America. Real Estate developers have capitalized on the idea that horse owners love their horses and enjoy the company of other horse owners. Add to that the fact that as urban areas grow in size, the availability of safe riding trails has diminished; leaving the rider no choice but to trailer his mount to horse friendly areas. Then too, part of the experience is being able to live with your horse or at least very close to where it is stabled. Therefore, there is big money in horse real estate.
Fortunately, the above mentioned gated community is not the only option offered by Horse Community developers. Many Real Estate developers know that the average working horse owner prefers to stable his/her animal in a barn on their property where it is possible to "do your own thing". Five to Ten acre lots are available in many places and the restrictions are few. While you may have to forgo the Clubhouse and golf course, riding trails and good "horsey" people who share your interests abound.
Whatever your financial resources, an Equestrian Community may be worth researching. Who knows? You might find that you can "live the dream".