January 14, 2015 at 2:29 pm
Hello! My husband & I are doing some research on the Concord, NC area. I am starting my search on the SP forum instead of citydata because we would be moving at least 1, possibly 2 horses with us from Wyoming. I guess our major questions are these: is the area from Concord to Charlotte wall to wall housing developments & strip malls? Are there small horse properties in or around Concord? Is this an easy area to care for & keep horses? Are there plentiful, competent, compassionate veterinarian’s? What about boarding facitlites? I ride H/J & my husband rides Western & just likes to trail ride (as do I)—we would’nt need a show barn, but a nice, family oreinted boarding facility with access to trails would be great. If anyone has any thoughts at all on the area, I would love to hear them. The job we are considering is in Concord, so probably would want to be on the N side of Charlotte. Thanks, everyone! (And SmartPak-I hope this is an acceptable post! )January 15, 2015 at 1:35 pm
I live in countryside in the area – have done for twenty years. Concord is horse country. Except for the mud in winter, we have three glorious seasons to ride, plentiful pastures if well-managed. Cheap hay, good vets, and lots of places to ride near and far – beaches and mountains – and locally there are some good choices. It’s a two hour drive to Asheville where you can ride the Biltmore Estate on the same trails as Vanderbilt. Dupont and Turkey Pen are also great for beautiful rides in the mountains. Locally, I trailer 10 minutes to a 1000 acre farm with 12 miles of horse-only wide flat or gently sloping trails, designed for horse people by horse people. Here’s their website. The owner is a friend and I get all my hay from him. High quality. http://www.smithlakenc.com
Uwharrie National Forest about 45min from Concord has 32 miles of horse trails. (Can be rocky) http://www.ncnatural.com/NCUSFS/Uwharrie/Canebrake.html
Latta Plantation near Lake Norman makes a beautiful ride, but not much in the way of long trails.
There’s a lot of places, I just don’t want to write your eyes off (literary version of talk your ears off).
My friends ride at the beach a lot, you can be there in about three hours. There are places that board overnight and you can ride on the beach.
You can find horse property here, but we are near Charlotte, so housing prices reflect that. If you are working in Concord, steer clear of Mecklenberg County and Meck property taxes. AWFUL. If you are willing to drive a bit on country roads, Stanly County prices are a bit better than Cabarrus, and is more rural. If you want to stay in Cabarrus (better schools) Mt. Pleasant is the most rural, and would have the best value on horse property with a quick commute. If you try to buy west of Concord you run into the elevated property taxes due to proximity to Lake Norman, a toney area.
There are many boarding barns locally, and I only know one I would warn you against (it now has different management – but the owner is the same #@%^&! – note: half the horses are stalled due to injury.). My trainer lives north of Mt. Pleasant and may have some space available, but she doesn’t have any long trails, is Western not H/J. Most of my horse buddies own their own properties – it’s pretty inexpensive in this area. Coming from WY I’m not sure you’ll feel that way (lived in Ft. Collins, Co, and Denver for many years).
Local non-horse info:
Charlotte is the largest NC city and the largest city between Atlanta and DC. We have a symphony and we have football. Schools in the city are a mess. Roads are getting better. We elected a former mayor of Charlotte as governor so now we are finally getting money for roads. Raleigh used to keep it – which is why there are four lane roads to nowhere there – and lots of two lane freeways in Charlotte, but it is getting better. Concord is a nice little town – great neighborhoods – my daughter lives in town. I don’t shop in malls, but the largest outlet mall in NC is in Concord and it is the home of NASCAR. Cabarrus County schools are pretty good – best friend teaches fourth grade. In summer I shop the farmer’s markets for cheap fresh produce. Lake Norman is close for water sports and fishing. But obviously I spend lots of time on horseback as the weather is amenable in all but January when the footing isn’t great. We get one or maybe two snowfalls, not much, each winter, but it is wet, very different from WY.
I wish you the best of luck in your move and hope you’ll love it here as much as I do.
Alois Podhajsky: “When I hear somebody talk about a horse being stupid, I figure it’s a sure sign that animal has outfoxed them. ...January 15, 2015 at 2:07 pm
Photos of Smith Lake
Alois Podhajsky: “When I hear somebody talk about a horse being stupid, I figure it’s a sure sign that animal has outfoxed them. ...January 15, 2015 at 2:29 pm
Hooray Mapale! I was hoping to hear from you or Pheets–couldn’t remember which of you mentioned living in NC in the ‘horse musings’ forum & was being lazy-didn’t want to read back thru all the posts. This is exactly the info I was looking for. Actually, we are quite excited by the house prices we are seeing on Zillow, realtor.com, etc. Housing in our small town in Wy is CRAZY–& I work in a realty office, so I can really say that. Lots of $$ for not much of a house or land. We are pleasantly surprised to see things in the under 300k range with some acreage, close to Concord. What we don’t want to get back into is the 30 minute commute. I would be thrilled to be able to ride most of the year–right now between Nov & May it is too cold, frozen to ride. What do you pay for hay? We pay $8/bale for grass-really good grass-which we think is reasonable, but our “horsy” WY friends were appalled that we would pay that much. But, coming here from the Denver metro area where bales were 12-15 bucks a piece, $8 seems pretty good! Plus, I want my horses to have good hay! I had also heard from someone else that Meck county schools should be avoided-with 2 kids that would thrive in a STEM situation (which we don’t have in WY)(this is not just proud momma talking-teachers have commented as well ) the Cabarrus schools do look better. Anyways–would love to hear more of your thoughts or perhaps be able to bounce ideas off of you. Since we are 5 hours from the nearest major airport, as much as we would like to make a weekend trip & check the area out, it isn’t like we can just jump on a plane & come see the area for a few days—unless we get a job interview. Anyways—my email is firstname.lastname@example.org if you would rather communicate that way. If not-I am fine using the SP forum. I can’t tell you how excited I am to hear from someone that actually knows the area…..can’t even tell you! (And I feel like I know you already from your “musings” posts-not to sound weird…)January 15, 2015 at 4:08 pm
Just sent you an email with a little more detail. Am happy to correspond with you directly and help however I can. It has my husband’s name on the header – confusion – but I sign it at the end.
Alois Podhajsky: “When I hear somebody talk about a horse being stupid, I figure it’s a sure sign that animal has outfoxed them. ...January 15, 2015 at 6:54 pm
Just wrote you back! Thanks!
K-January 15, 2015 at 8:54 pmpheetsTopics Started: 5Replies Posted: 475
Hi Wyo, no it wasn’t me but thanks for thinking of me 😀 I am glad Mapale can help you out! Awesome pics, Mapale : ) Sounds like an awesome place to keep a horse! Good luck to you, Wyo!!
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