There Is Always A Catch
Does living in a community that caters to the horse lover sound like the perfect lifestyle for you and your family?
It certainly has its advantages. A relaxed country setting. Other horse owners who share your interests. Often, these communities are secured by being "gated" or may even have a security guard on the premises. Of course the best thing about Equestrian Communities are the extensive riding trails.
Like everything in life, though, the pros and cons of Horse Community living should be carefully weighed before rushing out to purchase your own lot.
Many of these communities require a strict adherence to specific building codes that may regulate the size and shape of your house, your barn, and any outbuildings. Driveways and parking areas may be required to be paved or tiled, instead of gravel. Fencing height, styles, and materials may be mandated. Even your landscaping plans may need prior approval.
Modular homes are usually a no no; and even vehicles such as RVs and boats may be requred to be kept out of sight in a garage.
Some areas may even limit the number of horses you can keep. And often, your dogs and cats must be kept penned or leashed.
Of course, there are some developments that allow you to "do your own thing", and these usually come with a smaller price tag...which in itself is a big bonus. These communities might not be as fancy, but you'll still have the company of others who are passionate about horses and riding; and those wonderful riding trails. So do your homework.